Tip & How-To about Plumbing
You will need:
Wiping cloths or large towel
Water resistant gloves (dishwashing gloves work fine)
Ok, now that we have the tools situated, look inside the cabinet directly under your sink.
If you have a double sink, you will see two drain tubes, one from each of the sink bottoms. A single sink will only have a single drain, in comparison.
If you have a dual bowl sink, determine if your drains both enter into a single "J" Pipe, or if there are two "J" Pipes before the "T" connection.
A single bowl sink, of course, will only have a single "J" Pipe. The sole purpose of this pipe is to catch "things" that go down the drain.
Now that we've determined where the lowest point of the J pipe is, visually inspect the J-section moving upward toward the drain. If the pipe is plastic, there may be a plastic nut that you can turn with your fingers. If it is metal, you will need the pipe wrench in most cases.
Lay the towel or wiping cloths around the area under the J-section, then loosen the pipe nut. Once the nut is loose, but still attached, move to the other side of the J. You will want your gloves here. Loosen and fully remove the second nut, which connects the J to another, upside down, J-section at the mid point. When the second nut is fully removed, the J-section will slide down off the drain pipe. You can then invert the removed section, and dump the water from it.
If the J-section has done it's job, your jewelry will fall out, and you can then retrieve and clean it!
To reinstall the J-pipe, simply slide it back onto the location it came from, then tighten the nuts. Run some water through the drain to test for leaks and correct as necessary.
The J-section looks like this:
This method can also be used to clear a clogged drain, remove debris and replace the pipe.
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