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    I own and maintain and remodel a lot of my duplexes. have been replacing the kitchen sinks and installing new ones. I have been using basket strainers the kind with the big ring on the bottom that you have to tighten. I use plumbers putty between sink and basket, and rubber gasket and fiber washer on the bottom side of sink before the nut. I even bought a special wrench that is made for the big nuts on the basket strainers to tighten it.

    I tighten it tight but sometimes after a few months I get a call from a tenant that the sink is leaking from the basket strainer. what gives??? are they using some super soap/cleaning products that dissolves the putty??? it is probably an error on my part, but i swear i tighten the hell out of it. i keep the strainer from turning with a pair of needle nose pliers and tighten the nut as tight as i can while the putty oozes out. then i remove the oozed out putty.

    Am i buying to cheap of a basket strainer?

    I see they have basket strainers that take three screws to tighten and hold in place. Also I see there are double cup basket strainers where there is a bowl thingy that goes under the strainer and then a smaller nut that holds it up against the bottom of the sink. Are either of these types better?

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    Re: best sink basket strainer to use

    here is a picture of the double cup strainer

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      Re: best sink basket strainer to use

      Click image for larger version

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      • #4
        Re: best sink basket strainer to use

        The best basket strainer is Dearborn Brass 816 its a brass body with a brass locking ring.
        Ron Hasil Lic #058-160417
        A-Archer Sewer & Plumbing specializing in:
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        • #5
          Re: best sink basket strainer to use

          Wolverine Brass has a good quality cup strainer and a good price. If you order enough you can have them engraved with your company name on it. Brass lock nut, heavy brass slip nut and a good rubber washer.
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          • #6
            Re: best sink basket strainer to use

            Any links to the ones you recommend?

            Are double cup strainers or the ones with three screws better? What are the advantages over the two?

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            • #7
              Re: best sink basket strainer to use

              I like the one with 3 screws for stainless steel. Any of the brass bodies for a high end install.

              Also, I use silicone instead of putty. The only thing putty is used for are toilets.
              No, it's not rocket science, it's plumbing and unlike rocket science it requires a license.

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              • #8
                Re: best sink basket strainer to use

                Originally posted by dpes construction View Post
                Any links to the ones you recommend?

                Are double cup strainers or the ones with three screws better? What are the advantages over the two?
                http://www.dearbornbrass.com/Submittals/816.pdf
                Ron Hasil Lic #058-160417
                A-Archer Sewer & Plumbing specializing in:
                Tankless Water Heaters | Drain and Sewer Cleaning
                Sump and Ejector Pumps | Backflow RPZ Testing

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                • #9
                  Re: best sink basket strainer to use

                  The 816 for Cast Iron sinks is pretty good, but for all around versitility I prefer a cup strainer like the 15BN.
                  http://www.dearbornbrass.com/Submittals/15.pdf

                  Hercules makes a really good non oil base putty
                  http://www.herchem.com/specs/ULTRA.pdf

                  Sioux Chief has foam rubber gaskets that are pretty sweet.
                  Sioux Chief
                  Last edited by Plumbus; 06-14-2012, 08:14 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Re: best sink basket strainer to use

                    How long do you have to let the silicone dry before the sink can be used again. I can't always trust my tenants to not run the water while the silicone is drying.

                    My sinks are all stainless steel.

                    Does anyone else use silicone instead of putty?

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                    • #11
                      Re: best sink basket strainer to use

                      Water is a catalyst for silicone. It doesn't take long. By the time you are done with the installation, run a little water through, and you could probably fill the bowls up to test.
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                      • #12
                        Re: best sink basket strainer to use

                        Originally posted by Gettinit View Post
                        Water is a catalyst for silicone. It doesn't take long. By the time you are done with the installation, run a little water through, and you could probably fill the bowls up to test.
                        Yep, you can run water pretty much right away.
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                        • #13
                          Re: best sink basket strainer to use

                          Wow! I had no idea about that with silicone. Can I use a tube of caulk silicone. Can I use the GE kitchen and bath silicone 2 caulk?

                          Also, is there an advantage over the strainer with three screws vs a double cup strainer. Or is it just personal preference?

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                          • #14
                            Re: best sink basket strainer to use

                            I dont use silicon or putty for a kitchen sink. the manufacturer provides that thin black gasket to be used for just that purpose, and I never have had even one leak related to that.
                            I prefer this one, similar to the others shown. http://www.kindred-sinkware.com/grfx...specs/1130.pdf
                            Last edited by shock1964; 06-15-2012, 01:05 AM.

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                            • #15
                              Re: best sink basket strainer to use

                              Kohler duostrainer. Nuff said.
                              Buy cheap, buy twice.

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