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post #1 of 8 Old 12-11-2019, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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OK gang, one more ingenious idea please?

So hereís the deal. The faucet in my kitchen sink has been leaking - I donít know for how long. The water has run into the cabinet below after which it migrated into the holes in the floor of the cabinet where the pipes come up into the cabinet from below.

Because everything is closed up under the cabinet I have no way of knowing how much water is under the cabinet sitting on the floor.

My instinct is to take a big hole saw and create an inspection port, but you folks always come up with clever alternatives I didnít think of. Got one more?
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Hereís a picture of the scene of the crime.

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Can you access the area from underneath?. If not, I would cut the wood around the pipes with a sawsall and lift it up to inspect, then with some blocks you can lower the wood to the original location after any repairs are made.
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I would guess that you are going to have to do considerable repair. With that in mind I would carefully remove as much of the floor of the cabinet as you can. That will give you access to repair what is underneath. The when repairs are made replace the part you removed.


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Doh!

I forgot that I recently bought an endoscope!

I snaked that puppy into the space just above the toe kick and got a bugís eye view into the space between the base of the cabinet and the floor. It looks like the water was kind enough to follow the pipes and mostly drip into the crawl space below.

The faucet is the type where it pulls out and acts as a sprayer. The fitting into the sprayer was loose and when it was turned on, water ran back into the stem, then followed the hose down into the cabinet. As I said, I donít know how long it was going on, but at least it wasnít dripping continuously.

Leak detectors ordered!
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By the way, the endoscope was $36 on Amazon. I bought it on a lark, but I feel like it earned its keep tonight.

https://www.amazon.com/DEPSTECH-Wate...18487357&psc=1
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Quickstep, Glad you solved the problem. For future info, if you're interested, I have made access panels in cabinet bottoms such as yours by cutting a rectangular hole in the bottom, then using a router and making a rabbet all around the edges of the hole. Make another piece of ply with an opposing rabbet so that it drops into place and sits flush. I usually use a recessed brass pull that gets mortised into the ply and lays flush. The size of the hole is determined by how much space you need to run your router around the edge for the rabbet.
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Quickstep, Glad you solved the problem. For future info, if you're interested, I have made access panels in cabinet bottoms such as yours by cutting a rectangular hole in the bottom, then using a router and making a rabbet all around the edges of the hole. Make another piece of ply with an opposing rabbet so that it drops into place and sits flush. I usually use a recessed brass pull that gets mortised into the ply and lays flush. The size of the hole is determined by how much space you need to run your router around the edge for the rabbet.

Now her is an ingenious idea!!!


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