broken screws in bath overflow plate

Old 01-04-01, 06:07 PM
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Hi, In replacing the bathtub overflow face plate, the old screws were so rusty that they broke off. I am now faced with trying to get these out of the old assembly and have tried spraying them with lubricant, using pliers etc. and they will not budge. Has anyone ran into this? Your help would be greatly appreciated since this is the last step in replacing everything else. Thanks!
Old 01-04-01, 06:34 PM
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You may have to drill them out.
Use a bit smaller than your screw threads. Drill straight.
DON'T mess up the threads.
Get small "easy-out". (Find them at hardware stores, etc.)
Tap "easy-out" into drilled hole just hard enough to hold.
Turn out screw counter-clockwise.
Another way to try: Take a small chisel and try to tap the screw out counter-clockwise.
Good Luck!

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It might be easier to replace the overflow hub, that the screws screw into. It is normally just a brass slip joint fitting. Big Question is can you access it, in your bathroom.

Good luck,

Old 01-05-01, 08:39 AM
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Just a thought! Old Guy has the right idea, but if you've got a small hand grinder (Moto-tool type) gring down the broken part flat. It's almost impossible to start a drill on the broken screw!
You might even try a small sharpening stone by hand if you don't have the moto-tool.
Otherwise drill it out, re-tap, and use a bit larger screws!
Good Luck

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