my bathtub drain is showing rust around the edge. I would like to replace
it but I can't get the old one out.
I think it is screwed in, but I have been unable to turn it.
How are these things removed from a bathtub?
The house is about 30-35 years old and the drains are original I believe.
Yes they are screwed in. You have to get a special removal tool to unscrew
it. If the strainer has a cross metal on the bottom it will fit into the
cross. If it was like mine, there were only a couple little tabs sticking
out the side and the tool really did not work on it. If it has been in that
long it probably is not going to unscrew easily for either. I just fought
with mine and ended up removing it with a dremel cutting bit. I am sure
someone else will have a better solution. Then for some reason, the
replacement strainer did not want to screw into it. You can get the tool at
a borg for about $12. Good luck
Back in the days when I was dirt poor and always looking for ways to
save a buck, I took an old water or gas pipe nipple that I had laying
around in a junk box and cut notches in the end of it with a hack saw.
That worked great for my drain which had a metal cross in it. I kept
that as a permanent addition to my tool collection and still have it.
You're asking for trouble, IMHO.
OldBoat's idea for the Dremel tool is a good one.
I've used a fine blade in a Sawzall (mini) to cut thru
the edge of the drain fitting to weaken it.
The problem is that there is a gasket *under* the tub
which seals the "shoe" to the tub. That's gonna leak
when you're all done. You could also disturb the joint
where the shoe slips into the waste and o'flow tee.
Then, finding a new drain fitting which will properly
mate to the old shoe may be a chore.
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