This picture was taken at a home that is under repossession by the bank.
There are right ways and there are wrong ways to fix a leaking sink trap. Sink leaks can happen for a variety of reasons. One, the connections between various fitting can be loose or the rubber gaskets between have become hard and brittle and finally broken. Two, if there are metal pipe parts the will eventually corrode and crack and start to leak. All of this can be fixed, but you need to fix it properly.
The picture to the left shows a sink with some newer plastic parts. These are a great substitute for the newer metal parts but still need to be installed correctly. In the upper left corner you will see the "big glob". The "big glob" is a professional trade term that refers to any material used in the wrong way to fix a simple problem. Here we see the "master craftsman" used a wash cloth and a large amount of plumbers putty (similar to play dough) to fix the leaking connection. Brilliant! This guy watched way too much "McGuyver" as a kid. He probably ran out of duct tape and wanted to have a more professional look by using plumbers putty on the sink.
We won't even talk about the hole in the wall at the back of the cabinet that could have had the pipes installed better and patched up. I'll leave that to you to discuss for yourselves. Thanks for following and remember, I don't make this stuff up. It is out there and there is too much of it. This really turns off potential buyers when they see this. Because you didn't spend a few bucks to fix it right could cost you $1000s in the sale of your house just because of a bad impression. A potential buyer may be thinking, "If this kind of thing exists under the sink just how bad can the rest of the plumbing be?"
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