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Old 01-18-2012, 02:46 PM   #1
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Bathtub overflow plate. Is this a problem?


Was looking at one of my bathtub overflow plates. Is the gap shown in the photos a problem.
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:57 PM   #2
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Loosen the screw and slide it over a little,id be more worried about the rust behind there

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Old 01-18-2012, 06:51 PM   #3
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Was looking at one of my bathtub overflow plates. Is the gap shown in the photos a problem.
well it looks like its suppose to so water can drain out....may need centred alittle....but no its fine..
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Old 01-18-2012, 06:55 PM   #4
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The gaskit behind it looks funky but other then that it looks fine.
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:57 PM   #5
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Thanks all. I will take it off and further inspect.
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:36 AM   #6
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The gap is the overflow feature. There should be a gasket behind in good enough condition and positioned correctly to funnel the overflow water into the tube behind through which the stopper chain runs for some tub models. The screw(s) in front should hold all the parts firmly together so that the gasket seals well. (A few milliliters of water may remain caught in the gasket between showers.)

While you have it disassembled, just clean off the dirt and rust around the rim of the hole so it looks better when reassembled. Also, if space permits, carefully (sharp edges and fiberglass can cut fingers) clean around the back side of the rim for a ridge of sediment that might keep the gasket from sealing. It looks centered enough the way it is.
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There is a little bit of a gap just above the slot on left side
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:31 PM   #8
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I took the cover off to expose the overflow tube.

Isnt the gray gasket(shown by red arrow) suppose to be like equal distance around the hole in the tub.

And shouldn't part of the gasket be on the outside(tub surface) of the hole?

The gasket is still soft its not brittle or anything.
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Try looking at these instructions and drawings for a Moen drain install:
http://www.moen.com/shared/docs/inst...ts/ins1680.pdf
may give you some idea of one mfg's idea of how to do this right.
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Has anyone ever used these. Called the ultimate overflow gasket:

Instructions say: Insert Ultimate Overflow Gasket on the outside of the tub and place the new retaining ring over the gasket.
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Has anyone ever used these. Called the ultimate overflow gasket:

Instructions say: Insert Ultimate Overflow Gasket on the outside of the tub and place the new retaining ring over the gasket.
I have not and probably would not. I've never had problems with the factory one
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I took access panel off in a closet to check the backside of the gasket. Looks to be a good seal.

Also why the hell do people(a plumber???) have to use the tub cavity for a garbage dump??
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I took access panel off in a closet to check the backside of the gasket. Looks to be a good seal.

Also why the hell do people(a plumber???) have to use the tub cavity for a garbage dump??
That looks like the tape off the ends of the drywall to me. Plumber is long gone by the time sheetrockers come around.
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I bet if yu look close you'll find some cigarette butts too. Besides that the gasket looks to be making a good seal.
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I ordered from here - thanks for posting to my thread; we may have had the same problem!

http://ultimateoverflow.com

I'll let you know how it works. I contacted them and the guy was super nice. I ordered the gasket as well as a cover.

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