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    Trap for Your Shop Sink

    I worry about glops of thicker material going down the drain. I have also had to take the trap out to save the errant small washer, toothpick or even Q-Tip that made it to the scupper to quick for my occupied hands. A discussion on another forum had some folks recommending these:

    Hmmm, Commercial unit, $73.50 plus tax and shipping . . . . . Nahhhhh.

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    $15 at Lowe's and an old spaghetti sauce jar. If Red Green could only see me now.

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    Screws right into place and works great.
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 03-05-2011 at 07:47 PM.
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    Glenn,

    Nice solution. Clever and hilarious at once!

    But it ain't Red Green without duct tape!

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Alright, Printing this out and putting in my 'todo' pile.

    That's a great idea....

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    Tomato and Basil Sauce?

    Glenn - EVERYBODY knows that if you want a clean trap you need to use Jalapeno sauce!

    Nice!

    I have to file this for future reference.

    Cheers

    Jim

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    Great idea, Glenn. Definitely filing that idea away for future reference. Did you cut the hole in the lid, or find one with a hole already in it? How is it sealed to the ABS fitting?

    My dad used to own (and I used to work at) a materials testing lab, and they had a large sand trap in the drain system. (Several of the tests we ran involved "washing" a soil sample to remove all the clay and silt, leaving only the sand and rocks. Doing so involved flushing a lot of fines down the drains.) The sand trap was simply a pair of concrete-lined pits in the floor, about 4' square and about 3' feet deep. It was essentially two concrete boxes side by side sunken into the floor, with a common wall between them. The drain line entered the first box about 6" below below the rim and flowed out the second box at about the same height. The wall between the two boxes also had a hole the same size as the drain lines at about the same level. This allowed the solids to settle out of the drain flow and kept us from clogging the drain lines going to the city system. Every so often someone (usually me, since I was the high school kid doing grunt work) would have to muck out the sand trap to remove the material that had settled in it. It was not fun digging out 24" or so of saturated clay and silt from a concrete box sunken below the floor level.
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    Sounds kind of like a septic tank Vaughn!

    On our property, the previous owners put a septic tank above ground to use as a water tank for feeding the irrigation system... It looks exactly like what you just described...

    Dang thing leaks like a sieve. Really need to replace it...

    Oh wait a sec...

    Sorry about the thread jack

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Did you cut the hole in the lid, or find one with a hole already in it? How is it sealed to the ABS fitting?
    I drilled a 1/2" hole and used snips to cut it out to rough size. I then used the spindle sander to clean the hole up to size. A rubber washer seals the outer and inner sides of the cap when the nut is tightened to the fitting's shoulder. I ran a bead of silicone around top and bottom prior to assembly too but don't know that this is necessary.

    Note: I sanded the threaded collar that is under the lid down to make it a nut. This does not show in the pic because I had not yet made the modification.
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    Dang it Glenn. You keep this up and I'll think you are as smart as your old man.

    Enjoy,

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    Super excellent idea!
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