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PEP BB plumbing.sand.tiny.repairptrap - Repair a P-Trap

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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Plumbing.

In this Badge Bit, you will repair a p-trap.  (Note that this BB is part of a 6-part choose your own adventure list BB called the Tiny List. You must complete six Badge Bits in the Tiny List.)


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Some related articles
  - What is a P-Trap?
  - How to Fix a Leakign P-Trap
  - How to Replace a Sink Drain P-Trap
  - How to Replace a Seal on a P-Trap Drain









To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- repair a p-trap

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
   - a before picture of the broken p-trap
   - an in progress shot of you repairing the p-trap
   - an after picture of the newly repaired p-trap
   - a brief description of the problem and how it was fixed
   - OR a 2-minute video of you doing this
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I had a slow drain in the kitchen sinks.  I wasn't sure just where the problem was, either the P-trap or a clog further up the line.  Bracing myself I went into that scary place under the sink where icky stuff lives.  To get access to the pipes to snake them out I had to go into an access port after the P-trap.  While I was under there into it all I decided to both snake the line and remove the P-trap.  I've snaked plenty of lines but never took apart a P-trap.  Seeing the video posted for this BB I realized it shouldn't be a hard task so I decided to do it as well to see if the clog was in there.  I'll post images from that process here, however, it turns out the P-trap was fine, no clogging at all.  So the real issue was a clog further down the line which I am submitting for the BB on zipping a drain line.  Thus, I leave it up to you certifiers where or not to count this submission since there really wasn't a problem with my P-trap to fix.  In the end what I essentially did was go through the motions of fixing it, though I didn't know that was what I was going to do when starting.  Whether I'm granted the BB or not doesn't matter too much to me right now.  What I gained in the process was the knowledge of how to do this, and more to the point, the experience of doing it to realize it's no big deal!  I won't fear doing it again if need be.

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A shot of the clogged sinks.
A shot of the clogged sinks.
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A photo of the pipes under the sink before work.
A photo of the pipes under the sink before work.
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An action shot of removing the P-trap.
An action shot of removing the P-trap.
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Reassembling the P-trap.
Reassembling the P-trap.
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The reconstructed pipework.
The reconstructed pipework.
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Running the water in the sink afterward to verify that the drain runs freely.
Running the water in the sink afterward to verify that the drain runs freely.
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The pipework underneath while the water is running to verify that nothing is leaking.
The pipework underneath while the water is running to verify that nothing is leaking.
Staff note (jordan barton) :

I hereby certify this badge bit complete!

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