40+ year old iron tub drain removal.

Old 05-10-10, 09:50 AM
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40+ year old iron tub drain removal.

We have an old cast iron tub that was clogged. After trying
to clear with a plunger, Drain auger, (could not get the steel spring to the clog not matter how hard I manipulated the auger) I just went and bought LIQ PLUMBER GEL.

Now it is draining slow. Also, after breaking brass strainer screw, I removed the strainer and was left with a broken screw stuck in the assembly. Chiseled it flush and tried to drill
it out to no avail.

My question is: Does this assembly come out from the top or bottom (going under the house)? I still want to drill a hole and put the old strainer back with a proper screw.

And why the drain auger did not travel the way it was supposed to.

Thanks so much.
Old 05-13-10, 01:14 AM
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The assembly is called a bathtub waste & overflow. It's replaced from however you can get at it. Bottom or behind (from the other room, if there is one) is the usual approach.

As for snaking the clogged drain, it may be that you don't have the experience, or were using the wrong equipment. Snaking a drain isn't rocket surgery, but knowing what you're doing makes all the difference (no disrespect intended).

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