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    Default Best kitchen basket tool

    Any recommendations for the proper tools to install kitchen sink baskets?
    A pliers in the top and a large channel lock for the
    bottom ring works often but there has to be something better.

    Is there a tool that will make this a one man job?

    Thanks

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    Model 2006 Faucet & Sink Installer
    http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/Faucet-Sink-Installer/

    I use this with a pair of channel locks. It is a very good tool that has many other uses as well. I know that Home Depot carries them so that may be your best bet; however ridgid is very common here so it is probably available at many places.

    Tips on installing basket strainers:

    1. Use silcone on everything except stainless steel.

    We have strayed away from plumbers putty altogether, if the building sits for a long period the putty will dry up and leak. We had multiple leaks on model homes that would sit empty for 3+ years. Also with the large amount of forclosures out there this is probably going to be a larger problem. DO NOT use silicone on stainless steel as you will never be able to remove it. I assume there is some kind of chemical bond that occurs but we have dented up some stainless steel sinks attempting to detach the strainers.

    2. Use a small amount of "Pipe dope" on threads.

    The threads do not need to be water proof. They only act to hold the strainer to the sink. The seal created by the silicone/sealant itself is the only thing that is required to seal it. Even the rubber gasket doesn't act as a seal, just a buffer. Make sure to keep the cardboard ring on also as it acts as a friction ring between the metal and rubber to allow it to fully tighten without expanding or breaking the rubber. The dope will help lubricate the threads for easier tightening.

    3. Make the letters readable / line up the opening.

    Have some craftsmanship. Some strainers are printed with U.S.A. or Taiwan, etc. And most have the elongated hole in the center. Do not leave these upsidedown, sideways, or crooked. This will show the customer that you take the extra step in performing your job well. Like I alway tell my apprentices "If it looks good, I wont worry about problems with it.".

    This is my first response to a thread and I hope you find it useful (probably overboard).

    Good luck,

    Brandon
    Last edited by Platinum824; 12-30-2011 at 04:39 PM.

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    I use a pair of Channellock "oil filter" pliers for the strainer locknuts AND trap slip joints. Installing them has NEVER been a two man job, however.
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    quote; And most have the elongated hole in the center. Do not leave these upsidedown, sideways, or crooked.

    How could you install it "upside down" and if a customer even notices the orientation, he/she and you would be overly "anal retentve".
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    Thanks Platinum824 and HJ,

    The Rigid Model 2006 Faucet & Sink Installer looks like a time saver. Off to see if my local Home Depot has one.
    Tightening a basket from the under side of the sink would save me, arms are to short to reach both top and bottom
    at the same time.

    Installed a disposal with the lettering on the basket upside down until the Home Owner saw it. Said he was Obsessive-Compulsive and it would drive
    him crazy. I didn't even notice it had lettering on it. A quick fix and all were happy.

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    WHY do you have to reach both top and bottom of the sink? Just grip the drain outlet while tightening the locknut. I have the Ridgid tool, but only use it for installing or removing faucets.
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    I'm really confused how this is a two-man job as well.

    Sounds like building a mountain out of a mole hill again.

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    Someone just has a space in his toolbox, and needs something to fill it.
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    Thanks again Platinum824 (Brandon),

    Had a chance to use that tool, a time saver for me.
    It's so nice to see positive and informative feedback on
    forums like this.

    Please keep it up

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