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Simple Electrical Fixes in the Kitchen

fixing a light switch in the kitchenToday we’re going to look at fixing a light switch that isn’t working in our kitchen. It started as an appliance repair for our dishwasher that wasn’t working, but then we realized we didn’t have enough light to work with. So before we called on our repair guy buddies at the Appliance Masters, we figured we better get the lights in here to work.

What we are going to do is take a regular piece of wire, I am going to pull out any one of these wires, doesn’t matter which one and I am going to stick this through the hole here, feed it all the way through and this is going to be tricky so sometimes you are just going to have it straight, just feed this through inside, and it doesn’t matter I can probably go through this one just as easy and this is going to be tricky so you are going to have to work with it till it comes out, found out, as I took this off, there is a part here, that’s the pivot part and it….the wire that I was putting through kept hitting the top of this so, had to take this apart, now what I can do is even simpler I just simply take my wire and the reason I’m doing this, the wire through here is cause I’m going to let it pull through and how I do that is simply take some tape and I’m going to pull off a little bit here and then I’m going to attach this to the wire here as well, and now I’m ready to pull it through once I get it wrapped, now that I’ve got the wire through to this bottom section is to go ahead and feed it through the back here and reconnect this section so you want to be very careful as always working with anything electrical, make sure that you don’t pinch any wires.

fixing a light switchDon’t do anything crazy like that because if you pinch the wire, it’s going to trip the breaker, hopefully it’ll trip the breaker and then you’ve got another issue so what I do here is to just go ahead and put everything back together, so we’re getting ready to putting everything back together as far as up into the ceiling where the light is and so I’m going to go ahead and twist and you twist clockwise, twist light colored lights back together so our wire is back together, so I’ve got the white to white and the black to black and then of course this wire here is the grounding so now we’re ready to put this up into the ceiling, so the first thing I’m going to attach is the ground and just use a regular screw driver on it.

Again remember, I always touch it just to make sure nobody has touched it at all, it’s going to bite you just for a second, don’t ever grab a hold of a wire, don’t recommend that, okay so that wire that is on, then I do the same thing to the neutral or the white wire as well, so I’ve got this going and just turn clockwise until it stops and it’ll finally get very difficult to do, that I do personally and this is kind of a signature for me, you’re welcome to copy it is I take some black tape, after every job that I do and I wrap all of the wire that I just work on, so I wrap the wire and I wrap it around securely on to the nut so not too many people but for me, if I was to call back into this and there was a problem with the light, if somebody else got into it, they would put that back on necessarily, because it just doesn’t make sense sometimes to wrap a wire other than for safety issues. But the average person wouldn’t do that so what I do is I wrap this, that way I know I’m the last person in.

Replace the Drain in Your Kitchen Sink

kitchen sink drain replacement2 I am going to cover the steps on how to change the sink basket in the kitchen sink and one thing you want to make sure you save is, once you remove the slip nut, we have a specialized washer for the tail piece that goes up to the sink basket. It’s flange on one side and completely flat on the other and it sets flush against the bottom of the sink basket and when you tighten up that nut, it does a good job of keeping it from leaking.

Most of these are going to come in nylon, which is a little more effective and long-lasting compared with rubber. The other thing, we are going to have a nut, a friction ring, a piece of cardboard, so that your nut doesn’t get caught on the rubber gasket that’s going to keep it from leaking underneath the sink. And underneath here, what we are going to use as a washer, we are going to use plumber’s putty.

So you are going to just take a piece of plumber’s putty and you are going to knead it in your hands for few minutes, you are going to warm it up, it’s going to make it soft and then what you are going to do is you are going to roll it out and make yourself a fairly thick rope of it and we are going to push this into the under side of the sink basket and a little bit on an angle, maybe about the size of your pinky and we are going to work it all the way around the bottom lip of the sink basket.

kitchen sink drain replacement3This is what’s actually going to become our washer inside the sink. So now we are going to drop this down into the sink and then we are going to put our rubber washer, our gasket and our nuts and we are going to connect it from underneath. So when you push down your sink basket, depress it hard and you are going to see a little bit of the plumber’s putty coming out and you want that. So you can see right there is about what you want it to look like when you push it down from the top.

Underneath, you can wipe off just a little bit of the excess, pulling up on the bottom of the sink basket and now we are going to put the rubber washer first and then this friction ring, so that when we tighten down our nut, it doesn’t get caught on the rubber and pull it and tear it. And we are just going to snug this up, like that and then I have an excellent little tool. If you have a basket wrench like this, it grabs these little nipples on the end of the nut and it gives nice leverage.

What I am going to do, I am going to tighten this up, I am going to grab a pair of needle nose pliers and hold this to keep it from turning and then we will tighten up the rest of the basket. So this is a little trick, just with the needle nose pliers, you kind of hold it in place as you are tightening this nut and you want to snug it down pretty well. You are going to see that the plumber’s putty is going to come out of the top quite a bit and we are going to get it very snug.

If you have a sink that it’s in place and if you are working from underneath, you can have someone from above, hold a pair of needle pliers like this, just to keep the sink basket from turning as you tighten it. I put in both sink baskets and I flipped over the sink and all I have to do is remove the excess plumber’s putty and that’s all there is to it. For those who really want more suggestions on projects you can tackle for your home, check this.

And if you have the luxury of having the sink off and putting in a new sink, it’s easier if you do this before you install the sink into the counter top, but it’s not very difficult just to change this out, if you need to change your sink baskets.