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Old 12-12-2013, 09:57 AM   #1
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To clean or replace the tub overflow faceplate.


The one i have looks quite dirty:

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I don't know what it is, but its yellowish/brownish material on it. I tried kaboom, that didn't help not sure what else would work to clean it.

Should I just replace it? Is it difficult to do? I don't know if it requires a sealant/gasket in the back of the faceplate but if it does, then i want to avoid taking it out. I don't want to take it out, replace it, then find out water starts to go into its sides and behind the tub because i din't put in a sealant.

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Old 12-12-2013, 10:24 AM   #2
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There no sealant required. As you mentioned, it's called an overflow..water is meant to go into it from a space at the bottom on the plate. When you remove the screws to take it off, you'll have to disconnect the rod from the drain assembly. It'll be pretty easy to see how it connects

Take the old one with you when you purchase a new one to replace. There's a variety of styles, and you of course you'll want to purchase one that'll hook up to your existing assembly.

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Old 12-12-2013, 10:45 AM   #3
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ok, thanks. I'll look around, maybe they have universal ones too.
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:52 AM   #4
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Very common item.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Westbrass...-CP/202551041#
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:52 AM   #5
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thanks! What exactly is it that is on faceplate? Is it rust or calcium? They don't make anything at all that can clean it?
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:35 PM   #6
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I've had good luck with 'CLR' cleaning the bathroom.
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Old 12-12-2013, 02:33 PM   #7
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Sure looks like you could use a water softener.
Ever had the water tested?
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if your tap set is a moen brand you can take it to home depot and they will replace it free of charge, no questions asked
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Old 12-16-2013, 01:54 PM   #9
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thanks all, will look at something that will clean it first. CLR is just too toxic though.
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Old 12-19-2013, 06:54 PM   #10
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It's actually the chrome type finish that is failing. This is very typical from inexpensive plating and/or hard water. I just replaced ours last month. We live in So Cal and I think it's the hardest water in the U.S.

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