DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > Plumbing Forum > I think I'm in trouble:-(

Help Support House Repair Talk by donating using the link above.
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-21-2006, 12:36 PM  
know 'nuff
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 5
Default I think I'm in trouble:-(

Hi all. I was trying to remove the corroded drain plug in the tub to redo the enamel, but instead of the drain unscrewing (I used pliars) the crosshair piece broke once..tried again and broke another crosshair piece.. I imagine dynamite may damage the tub itself. Any suggestions?

pleibel is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2006, 09:53 PM  
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 21
Default Your probably going to have to replace things there

The cross hair peice just keeps stuff from going down the drain and functioned to screw the thing together when first installed.
If you have a grate or something above the crosshair dealy then it seams to me there is no need for the crosshair dealy.

for lack of a beter word crosshair dealy

Inorder to get the tub waste and overflow out you will have to destroy it.
This is where a plumber doing service work starts to earn his keep and you may know what im saying if you try replace the tubwaste and overflow.

You have to saw that peice into sections that used to have the crosshair dealy in it. Use a sawzall or a hacksaw type dealy. After you have it cut at say 6 O'clock 8 O'clock and 4 O'clock you chisel it out. Getting all this done without further damage to the tub takes a little practice. I always worry about the sawzall blade chipping a big chunk out of the tub. You need access to the backside of the tub. Think access panel. It can also be done from under the tub if it is open to a basement or crawlspace. Everything pretty much just screws together its not really rocket science but will make you scream uncle sometimes. The first one you do will probably leak too.


zander is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2006, 07:41 PM  
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 31

Getting the old one out may be a little bit of a trick, but replacing it with a new plastic one should be a snap. Make sure you have help though. Being in 2 places at once is a deffinate trick. IMPORTANT: DO NOT get help from your spouse. Ask someone you don't like to help you. That way, when the cussing stops it doesn't matter if they don't speak to you again. PS. Assemble the new drain and overflow exactly as the old one is before installing it. Be careful not to lose the rubber rings. You will drop them more than once. Good luck. Rick
cabinetsetc is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2006, 11:06 PM  
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 49

sometimes i'll just saw a little slot in the dohickie. then take a flathead srewdriver and insert it into the slot. then take a hammer and hit the srewdriver forcing the drain to turn counter clockwise.

be careful not to hit it too hard, because you don't want to damage the tub.

also, if the crossmember isn't totally damaged, you can go to the department store and purchase a tub drain remover. (use this tool to insall the new drain as well)
Aceinstaller is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
Tub surround trouble Michele General Home Improvement Discussion 6 08-17-2014 02:40 PM
Trouble not found Wuzzat? HVAC 1 01-25-2013 06:07 PM
GFI or GCFI trouble Leelan Electrical and Wiring 2 09-08-2009 09:47 AM
GFI Trouble JohnPublic Electrical and Wiring 12 02-23-2009 06:05 PM
Trouble with A/C... scooterg55 HVAC 2 06-22-2006 04:25 PM

Newest Threads