Plumbing can be scary if you dont know what youre doing.. but it doesnt have to be. Sometimes it just takes patience and determination. Join me as I have a crazy adventure through replacing the drain pipe under my bathroom sink.

Step 1: STEP ONE: Evaluate the Issue.

So I should preface things by saying I know absolutely nothing about plumbing or really how to do much of anything when it comes to home repair. I usually turn to instructables or youtube or something when I need to get somehting done, but sometimes the problem is even beyond my internet comrades and their well laid "how to" guides... thus was the case of my leak.

I had noticed a drip coming through the floor into the basement. a very slow... methodical... drip. it was intermittent. This caused me to believe it was just condensation on the pipe from some hot days but what I eventually encountered turned out much worse.

Anyways, I put a bucket in place.. let it go a few days.. and eventually it of course became worse when I noticed my drip had turned to wetness coming through the floor. It was then that I knew there was a problem.

So i did what anyone would do when he doesnt know what to do. I called a plumber.

He came out and told me it would be a thousand dollars. I said thanks and let him go on his way. Then I called another plumber, whose company begins with an R and ends with an R and has the word "ripoff" secretly wedged in between. He said 220 an hour.

Both wanted to completely disassemble my bathroom, rip out the vanity and destroy the walls on both sides.

Well done and a good entertaining ible. I am always amazed how cheap your big box stores are in the US. It's always worth DIY-in though as once you have the right tools everything becomes easy
<p>You're not kidding. I couldn't believe the cost of supplies when I was visiting in Europe.</p>
If you thought Europe was expensive come to NZ and be another level of shocked!
<p>Amen to that! NZ plumbing supplies are horrendously priced.</p>
<p>It cost $112 and you still have a reciprocating saw, that you can use on your next misadventure. Your tale sounds a lot like the one where I kick plumbing butt, except you don't swear. My SO woke me one morning after months of my asking him to fix a leaky toilet to tell me that I needed to call a plumber, pronto. The entire bathroom was flooded. I had to go to the orange box store, buy everything necessary to put a toilet on a new wax ring and add a shutoff, and spent a productive morning fixing things. I was stoked that I could do it, so I then put in the washing machine hookups I'd been waiting for since the last ice age.</p><p>SO came home and asked what I had done with myself that day, since I didn't go to work. I was far more gracious than I thought I could be, and the SO had to take me to dinner. </p><p>Congratulations on your plumbing success. It fees great to accomplish something that seems scary at first, doesn't it?</p>
<p>I installed a drain pump in my basement sink with a check valve to avoid a &quot;reflux&quot; of sewage back into the drain pump. This is the third drain pump that I have replaced but the first with a check valve installed!</p>
<p>I take my hat off! I admire your &quot;can do&quot; attitude. I also don't care how long my wife's &quot;honey do list&quot; is, I deal with the project. </p>
Great ible. Each plumbing issue in our house turns into a major undertaking, but we keep muddling through. I just wish we could be as happy about it. Thank you!
<p>Logged in just to say great job, man. Plumbing can be a nightmare, but I'm glad you made it through with your sense of humor preserved.</p>
Great 'ible, love the sense of humor. You sir, deserve a round of chips &amp; mustard with that ham sammich
Good job!<br>I have done a bunch of DIY plumbing over the years. A few things I have learned:<br>1. Start using PEX which is a kind of flexible PVC pipe. It will make your life easier. You will use it in place of copper pipe.<br>2. Sharkbite fittings have almost obviated the need for soldering. <br>3. Find a good plumbing supply house. They will give you much better advice than Home Depot. Even the guy in line next to you will often supply better answers than the random clerk I always seem to get at Lowes...<br>The plumbing store usually has everything in one place so you don't have to drive to three different parts of town on one simple job.
<p>I love this write up!</p>
<p>I do all my own plumbing needs, with the selection of aftermarket fittings and adapters, just about any interior repairs can be made effectively, yours is a good example of that, nice $ave. ☺</p>
<p>Haha. I'm not trying to be smart with you but I have to ask you this. What is an aftermarket plumbing fitting? It's not like they build a house in a Honda factory with a line of accessories you can install later. </p><p>Usually the things homes are built with are the right items for the job. (With obvious exception to updating old building materials to modern.) Seriously though, I'm interested. Maybe there is a whole market of maker supplies I'm missing out on.</p>
<p>No offense taken at all, yours is a legitimate question. ☺</p><p>See the black rubber coupling the author used to connect the sink drain to the main? that would qualify as such because in a new installation it would be hard plumbed with pipe in it's entirety. Many code inspectors dislike hose clamps and rubber tube behind walls when contiguous system components can be used during construction, in this instance though it is a great solution to the problem that had arisen much later. This also addresses why the quoted price by contractors may seem out of line, but it must be expected they will restore the system according to code, it is their license that underwrites the job and they would (should) also pull any required permits. Not saying the author did anything unacceptable or wrong- I'd've done it exactly the same way, it's just that pros are held to a much higher standard and that is usually reflected in the fees charged.</p>
This is a pure example of why this website exists. I've done some professional plumbing and 65% of the time we'd be consult a friend because every plumbing opportunity is different. No two jobs are the same. <br><br>The difference between the person who pays the plumber and the diy guy is the diligence to do enough research to get the job done right. You might take 3x as long as the pro but you'll be able to pay for groceries.<br><br>Well done. Give yourself a pat on the back. (Good looking dog too)
Well done!

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