Stripped Tub Drain Threads


Old 06-02-03, 04:21 PM
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My tub drain stopper (turn style w/cross bars underneath) broke off when I opened it up to clean out the drain of hair. It seems to have totally corroded from chemical usage (draino...). The outer portion of the drain stop is also showing signs of corrosion (7 yrs old), so I bought a replacement for it.

I tried to use a tub drain remover - smart dumbell wrench - to remove the old drain, but there is nothing left for it to grab onto to unscrew.

Any ideas how I can now remove the old drain piece??
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Old 06-02-03, 06:09 PM
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A. Heat the drain with a hair dryer on High Heat to soften the old, hardened plumber's putty under the drain lip..
B. Take a hacksaw blade (wear a heavy glove) and cut a V-shaped slot in the lip-edge of the drain.
C, Take a flathead screwdriver (or a small chisel) and a hammer and tap it around counter-clockwise to remove it.
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Old 06-04-03, 02:17 PM
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Smile It worked!

Thanks Mike!

Your ideas worked with a couple of other twists - nail polish remover to loosen the putty & I found I needed the weight of a smaller sledge hammer to break the seal.

My new drain is in & looking good!!!

Thanks again...
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