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How To Retrieve A Ring That Fell Down The Sink

Has your wedding ring or something of that nature ever fallen down the sink? You’ve all seen it happen in movies or TV shows. It’s typically one of those situations played by the damsel in distress who took her rings off to wash her hands or tackle a massive stack of dirty dishes. She then drops one of her rings down the drain, and it’s up to the stereotypically masculine male figure to retrieve it before it’s gone forever. Of course, this situation could always be reversed, but the media’s pretty damn sexist.

HOW TO RETRIEVE A RING THAT FELL DOWN THE SINKWell, because of our constant desire to help you guys grow and flourish as knowledgeable young gentleman, we’ve enlisted the help of Lou Manfredini, one of Ace Hardware’s go-to guys for this type of dilemma and other problems around the house.

Manfredini’s tips will be able to help you gentleman – and any ladies reading, of course – retrieve anything from your sink with the following tips. Just know that not all is lost and that your ring never actually left your sink’s drain. It’s just in the P-trap.

So without further adieu, here’s how to retrieve a ring from your sink’s P-trap, according to the tips sent to us from Mr. Manfredini. Don’t bother calling your local plumber and wasting your hard-earned money, as this is a job anyone can do on his or her own. 


1. Stop running the water immediately by shutting off the valves underneath your sink.
2. Place a bucket under the pipe to catch any excess water or hair.
3. Disconnect the nuts at both ends of the J-bend, the “J” shaped section of the P-trap. If the fittings are stuck, use a wrench or pliers. Wrap the connecting nuts with painter’s tape or a rag so you don’t gouge the finish.
4. Shake the pipe out over the bucket, dumping out the excess water, hair and, most likely, your ring. Hold your breath, as this may smell a bit.
5. With the ring back, safe and sound, you may as well clean out the pipes and wind thread sealant clockwise around the threads to prevent future leaks.
6. Reconnect the pipes.
7. Turn the water back on, and check for any leaks.

For reference, check out the high-resolution diagram below. Good luck, and feel free to send us any other home tips you think a young gentleman should know!


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This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. You can skip step 1. It’s not necessary to shutoff the water valves under the sink. Simply turn the cold an hot water off from the handles on the counter.

    Older shutoff valves under the sink can be corroded causing them to break or leak when turned off and on after years of being untouched. (I’ve had this happen to me…worst part of my day.)

  2. Looks like it is pretty easy. Even a lady like me can do the job. Without the blog though, I really would have no idea how to do it. I would’ve called a plumber immediately or something.

    1. Haha. Anybody can do this job. Hell. There are probably even a lot of women who do it better than most men. Lol. Glad you enjoyed.

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