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  • How To Retrieve Something You’ve Dropped Down The Drain!

    The simple way to retrieve any dropped jewelry etc.  from a drain,  is to open the P-Trap under the sink and empty it's contents.  The very first thing you want to do after dropping anything down the drain, is to turn off the water immediately to avoid flushing it further into your pipes. Then grab a basin,  pair of pliers and rubber gloves, all you need to do is unscrew the slip nuts and empty it's contents into the basin. Contact your Cleveland Contractors for all of your home needs


    Channel Lock Style Wrench/Pliers
    Rubber Gloves

    1. Put on your rubber gloves (who knows what’s hiding in your drain!)

    2. Set the basin under your sink’s P-trap.

    3. Then grab some channel lock type pliers. Irwin recently sent me this quick release hex shaped groove-lock pliers that are a snap to open and close the jaws. Just push the button, slide the handle up or down and release. Super quick and easy!

    4. Loosen the lower slip nut ring.

    Then slide it up to release one end of the P-trap.

    5. Loosen the upper /upper slip nut ring (pay no attention to the slip nut I’m loosening, I actually had to loosen the one above it to free my P-trap.)

    6. Then pull down on the P-trap to remove it (you will see in this picture that I had loosened the slip nut higher up to release the drain assembly.) Ewww, gross, don’t look at that string of hair hanging from the drain.

    7. (Here comes the next disgusting part.) Turn your P-trap upside down to empty the contents into the basin. Oh and be sure you are wearing your rubber gloves (do as I say, not as I do!)

    8. Remove your object. Luckily my pin fell out immediately. If your drain is really gunked up, you may need to run some water or use an old bottle brush to clean out the P-trap and release your object from the yuckiness. In fact, it’s probably a good idea to clean it out anyway while you have it off (if you can stomach it.)

    9. Reverse the steps to re-assemble the P-trap. With plumbing I usually hand tighten the nuts and then use the pliers to give it an extra 1/4 turn (but I’m a weakling. If you battle me in arm wrestling YOU WILL WIN!)

    10. When your spouse comes home, brag about how you retrieved something from the drain all by yourself!

    Get other great do it yourself tips from Pretty Handy Girl

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