tub drain repair or replace?

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  1. Jan 19, 2018 #1

    topher5150

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    I'm sick of looking at this ugly drain in my tub, and it's missing the plug. I was wondering is it worth it to put new parts in, if they still make them, or am I better off replacing the whole drain and plunger assembly. (this is a pic that I found on the web similar to what I have in my tub)

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  2. Jan 19, 2018 #2

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    The picture is only of a drain, w/o the the stopper, which is usually controlled by a lever and linkage.

    Do you have access to the waste from either a closet behind or beneath?
     
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    It doesn't have a stopper that's why I was debating about replacing the whole thing with something newer. I do have access, but the entrance is in kind of an odd place.
     
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    Thanks. The process for replacing the stopper, or for that matter, adding a stopper is rather involved.

    Either of the tools offered can be used to replace the drain trim, and you shouldn't need access to the waste and overflow.
     
  7. Jan 29, 2018 #7

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    It probably would be easier to replace the whole thing? I don't know what parts are missing.
     
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    As long as you know the size of the pipe that the drain threads into you should be able to get a replacement drain at Home Depot (and a foot actuated stopper while you are at it) for not a lot of money. Just remove the old drain put plummers putty around the new one and screw it in either using a specialized tool or a long needle nose pliers until the putty squeezes out.
     
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    Did you say OVERFLOW? Now that brings up another question. Since the drain does not have a stopper, could it be possible that the tub does not have an overflow drain?

    If not, you may want to reconsider installing a stopper.
     
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    To OP: Can you take a picture of the tub setup? I can't imagine it not having an overflow, but I think a picture of everything would help in answering a number of questions that folks here might have.
     
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    Sorry about the quality I can only take selfies

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    The overflow is a chrome cover just below the spout that fills the tub.
     
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    It's a pretty standard overflow with the little lever to open and close the drain, but it looks like it's been there since the beginning of time.
     
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    There are basically 2 styles of lever action waste and overflows. One will activate a stopper at the tub drain, and the other virtually a strait up and down action that restricts the flow after the tub drain.

    If you have replaced the tub drain with a step-toe device, you can eliminate the lever and linkage, and install a plain cover, which will have 1 or 2 cut-outs allowing the overflow to function normally.
     
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