Bathtub Drain Removal


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Old 07-12-02, 10:03 PM
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Unhappy Bathtub Drain Removal

This is the coolest website . . .

I have a bathtub drain I cannot remove. I used a 'dumbell' wrench to remove one of my drains, but my other bathtub's drain was so rotted out that the 'spokes' (the metal crossbars that allow the dumbell wrench to grasp the drain) broke when I tried removing it.

Is there another way to remove this thing, or am I out of luck?

Thanks very much!

 
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Old 07-12-02, 11:50 PM
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Sure, since you're replacing it anyway.
Take a hacksaw blade and cut a small "V" notch in the inside rim of the drain.
Heat the drain with a hair dryer on High to soften the old putty under the lip of the drain.
Angle a chisel to the left in the notch and tap the drain around counter-clockwise until it is loose.
Good Luck!
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Old 07-13-02, 01:28 AM
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Oh . . . you're the BEST! THANK YOU! Can't wait to try it! Will let you know!
 
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Old 07-15-02, 09:49 PM
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I have the same problem!! But I don't have a hacksaw
Do you think that the hairdryer trick will still work?

Thanks for the advice!
Diana (a novice to any type of home repair)
 
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Old 07-16-02, 11:59 AM
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You don't need a hacksaw, just a hacksaw blade (they're very inexpensive).
In lieu of cutting a V notch with a hacksaw blade, a sharp steel chisel will probably give you enough "bite" in the drain lip to turn it. It is usually made of brass.
Heating the putty with a hair dryer will soften its hardened grip. It all helps.
Good luck!
Mike
 
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Old 07-18-02, 06:47 PM
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I did it!!

Thanks for your help... it really worked!

Diana
 
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Old 07-19-02, 04:58 AM
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You replaced the putty, I trust.
Roll a roll of plumber's putty in your hand and wrap it around the hole in the depression in the bottom of the tub.
Tighten down the new drain on the putty, and wipe of the excess.
You can use the handles of pair of pliers down in the drain cross-pieces and a screw driver for leverage to tighten it. Don't break the cross-pieces.
Should be good to go.
Mike
 
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Old 07-22-02, 05:17 PM
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Talking Sink drain??

Old Guy,
What's the trick to remove a stubborn sink drain that just doesn't want to come out with all possible methods that I used??
 
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Old 07-22-02, 05:47 PM
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Don't know what methods you've tried joe, but when all else fails, hacksaw off the rusted/corroded retaining nut right under the sink.
Good Luck!
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