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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2007

    Default earring down the sink drain

    I recently dropped an earring (my only, teenie little diamond stud) into the sink in my bathroom, and of course it rolled right down the drain.

    Is there any way I can retrieve this? It looks like the pipes under the sink make a "U" shaped curve. I don't know how to get the pieces of pipe apart and am not sure I can put them back together!

    Thanks for any help/advice you can provide.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Long Island, NY

    Default Re: earring down the sink drain

    You can get a plumber in for $350
    or twist the lock nut rings on the upper and lower end of the U and you should be able to jiggle it apart.
    Take loads of pictures as you do it and number them 1-50 so you don't
    When re-installing start from picture 50and work your way back to 1
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2007

    Default Re: earring down the sink drain

    I did that too, but with an ordinary contact lens. Went over across the street to a handy plumbing co. and explained the situation and asked to borrow a pipe wrench (someone i worked with told me how to get the trap off), and the owner handed a wrench to one of his guys and sent him over, free. I must've looked like the village idiot.

    Well, he showed exactly like Andy said, but he did one more thing - the put my dishpan under the trap and that was good because water and the lens went into it. Then he watched while I put it back together.
    What comes apart goes back together in the reverse order he said. And it didn't even leak. woohoo!

    So the main thing is, put a dishpan or something under the drain when you take it apart.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2009

    Smile Re: earring down the sink drain

    There is a MUCH easier way. Just put some fine mesh (panty hose, etc.) over the end of a shopvac hose, and suck it out. Go to this link for video instructions...

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