How to do-it-yourself instructional on retrieving jewelry or other valuables lost down the drain.
Alright, today on Repairs101 Iím going to show you what you can do if youíve gone and dropped a valuable piece of jewellery down the kitchen sink Ė or any other sink, for that matter. Iíll show you a couple of possibilities.
Alright, Iíll try and keep this as quick as I can and apologies for the static camera angle. Letís do a little zoom in and see what we can do to make this a little more interesting. OK.
Here on your left there is a sink. Just above my head here is another sink. We have some down pipes, some elbows. Hereís a water trap, comes up and joins the tee junction that joins the two down pipes from the two sinks and hereís another drain from the dishwasher right there.

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Dishwasher right here drains through this hose right here and just tees into this pipe right here, again through the tee junction into the water trap or elbow pipe, if you prefer, and out through the wall and down into the sewers.
So youíre going to need a container like a bucket to catch the water thatís going to come out of this. You might be lucky and you might have some new plastic pipes like this that are easy enough to just crack by hand and you donít even need any tools butÖ
There are a lot of options available to you, as far as what you can use to open up that elbow joint. This pair of Channellocks here might be kind of overkill, theyíre quite something. Just any ordinary pair that you might find in virtually anybodyís kitchen drawer on the other hand is really all you need.
 
                                      
 
You can use a pipe wrench but pipe wrenches are heavy and cumbersome and might be inclined to damage the plastic pipes. There is a new style of pipe wrench available. That would certainly be very effective and very useful but thatís kind of an expensive wrench for the average person. So I might still recommend you go with the medium sized Channellocks here.
If all youíve got is say a chain wrench or a locking chain wrench, you know this kind of stuff will obviously do the job but youíre going to have to be very careful, as with the pipe wrench. You know, youíre going to have to be very, very careful Ė youíre dealing with plastic fittings and they donít take a lot.

Selection of tools for the job

Now, a specialty wrench here: the manufacturer was kind enough to let us know what it is. Itís called a ďSlip and Lock Nut WrenchĒ and Iíve had a lot of use for this in the boat building industry. I use it on plastic ďthrough-hullĒ fittings. Itís just a wide jawed adjustable wrench and youíre just going to slip it like that. Now this is a very, very light duty little tool.
Now your pipes might look just like this, they might be chrome plated, they might be a rusty looking metal, they might be a shinyÖ
Iím just going to undo that Ė that was easy. Undo this one Ė itís the opposite because itís attached to this tee junction Ė itís not attached to the water trap, or elbow pipe if you prefer, itís attached to the tee junction here so it just undoes the other way.
You see that? It comes out nice and easy. It drops off, pour it out and if there was a prize inside weíd have it.
OK so to put it back together youíre going to let it align itself. The important one is this one here, the self sealing one. So you want to allow it to find home all by itself. Just going to put that on and wind that up and before youíve got it smoked down tight, start winding this one down to meet it and then before youíve got that one smoked down tight come back and finish this one and then finish this one and youíre done.

Reassembling the drainage pipes under the kitchen sink

If you find that your hand isnít strong enough and you donít have any of the tools I suggested Ė try wrapping your hand. Sometimes youíll find a rag really improves your grip, OK, and therefore the power you can transmit to what youíre trying to turn.
Now if youíre really lucky you might find a sink drain like this. Youíre more likely to find a water trap like this one in a boat than you are in somebodyís house. Itís just attached with a hose clamp and so they come off with an ordinary screwdriver.
There we go. Nice.
Now one last thing to consider is that if you didnít find what you were looking for here in the water trap, it could be laying right in here, so you may need to reach up inside here. These are glued permanently, OK, youíre not going to be able to take that apart without doing some damage, but you could run a snake in here witch would push it this way and have it drop through this hole or back into the trap if youíve reassembled it like I have here. OK so itís just another thought.
So good luck and thanks for watching.



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