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Topic by becikeja posted 02-20-2011 02:31 AM 6572 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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becikeja

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02-20-2011 02:31 AM

I have an old tub and the chrome piece that connects into the pvc pipe for the drain is stuck. To make matters worse the cross hairs if you will on the bottom have been broken out for years. I need to get this drain out. I cut 6 slots around the outside thinking I could insert a screw driver and pop it a few times with a hammer in a counterclockwise motion and that would loosen it up, so it could be screwed out. That didn’t work. Next I fixed a piece of steel into two of the opposing slots to get leverage to try to twist is out. that didn’t work. The thing won’t budge.
Any ideas???



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popztoolz

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02-21-2011 08:11 AM

Are you able to get to the underside of tub? If so, there is a nut holding the drain in place. You need to remove this nut then drain will pull out. If need be cut nut from drain, remove connection to PVC pipe, then pull out. Don’t forget to clean tub surface good before installing new drain. Get some plumbers putty, work an amount between your hands to soften,then roll into a long rope. Place this around new drain, so that when you install it, it forms a seal between drain and tub. As you tighten it will squeeze out. Once drain is tightened completely, scrape off any excess. Put excess back into the container as it is still good o use next time. Hope this helps.
William G. Yasovsky, Michael Yasovsky Construction, Bellefonte, PA

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becikeja

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02-25-2011 04:26 PM

No I am not able to get to the underside of the tub. I have heard of a device called a drainkey that supposedly fans out and grips the sides of the plug. Have not used one before, but question it’s ability to grip strong enough to break what ever is holding this thing in place. Anyone have experience with one of these?

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Todd Thomas

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02-26-2011 11:19 AM

mmmm if popztoolz is right and you have a nut holding it in place I’m not sure that will work…..sooooooo as I see it, and I may be wrong you have 2 options
get one of these,

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and break the tub out, if its cast iron. If it’s fiberglass you could just saw it out…..not as much fun…

or if you can get to the plumbing from the other side of the wall you can you need to use an inside tube cutter Photobucket


put it down in the drain and cut the pipe. WARNING: Make sure you can cut a hole it the wall to get to the drain plumbing or you’re not going to be able to replace the drain pipe you just cut.

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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becikeja

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02-26-2011 03:01 PM

As usual, my simple little project (to replace a drain stopper) has turned into a monumental feat of determination. I’m getting close to option 1. Not sure how the wife will handle this.

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allmyfingers

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02-27-2011 04:50 AM

if it is an old cast iron tub, i would try judicious heat from your propane torch to loosen the grip of the old putty.

-- caring costs nothing

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rwwboom

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03-27-2011 08:00 AM

I’m currently in the same situation, had the thread of the drain elbow leaking. This is all original cast-iron and it all has met it’s last day. I’ve been working for about 8+ years as a “helper”, started doing hardwood floors, have moved on to many other things, this is (personal) plumbing. I’m going to think good thoughts about the hairdryer about try that.

The problem with mine is that the cross in the top part of the drain broke off, very easily. Tried drilling holes and prying around with a screwdriver, but it’s all very brittle. Also underneath the elbow falls right next to a floor joist. That part makes it (nearly) impossible to get a pipe wrench pointed in the correct direction to unscrew anything. Other than notching part of the floor joist to get better direction on a wrench (trying to avoid doing that).

Recently, I cut past the old trap below the tub, and soon we go to destruction with the saw-z-all on the elbow. My “hope” is that I can get the blade up enough to be lined with the threads of both pieces. I must say though, this was the first time I’ve used the carbine blades. What an amazing difference just on the single two inch cast iron I cut.

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allmyfingers

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03-27-2011 01:52 PM

if you’ve tried heat, from a heat gun or torch, not a hair dryer and that hasn’t broken the bond then you will have to cut out the old drain piece from the top using a hacksaw blade attached to a stabsaw handle. work slow and patient and it will cut easily as it is only brass.

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rwwboom

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03-28-2011 04:23 AM

Thanks for your suggestions allmyfingers. I didn’t have access to any heat torch, but my top ring bent and snapped with some hand sawing and some chisel persuasion. Finished up my final connections and tested, no leaks. Pretty excited to get it completed.

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allmyfingers

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03-29-2011 02:18 AM

awesome, no leaks are a GOOD thing

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MercerRemodeling

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05-20-2011 02:01 AM

Something I have done a few times is:
Take a sawzall with a metal blade and CAREFULLY cut some notches in the side of the drain basket. Then with a punch or old chisel tap the drain counter clockwise. That is usually quickest and easiest.

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