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Old 06-14-2008, 05:11 PM   #1
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Broke the Tub Drain Crosspiece, Now What?


I was trying to remove the tub drain crosspiece, in order to replace it, and the crosspiece broke. I was following the method recommended: sticking the handle of a pair of pliers into the crosspiece and turning the pliers. The crosspiece part of the drain just snapped -- I didn't even turn it all that hard.

What should I do next? I understand that plumbers have a special tool designed for removing these things. I don't suppose that Home Depot would have something like that, would it? Or should I just give up and call a plumber?

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the 'special tool' uses the same crossbars to unscrew as you were turning using the pliers.

If there is still any metal left, you might be able to get the 'special tool' to work. Home Depot does carry them.


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Thanks, I did some internet research and found a third tool sold at Lowes, called a tub drain removal dumbell wrench, made by Superior. I think I'll try that first. It seems that breaking the crosspiece is a common problem, which I guess is why they make the tool to work without the crosspiece.
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In lieu of a special tool, I simply cut a small "V" notch in the lip of the drain with a hacksaw blade, and drive the drain around counter-clockwise with a hammer and screwdriver or chisel in the notch to unscrew it.
Heat the drain with a hair dryer first to soften the old plumber's putty.
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In lieu of a special tool, I simply cut a small "V" notch in the lip of the drain with a hacksaw blade, and drive the drain around counter-clockwise with a hammer and screwdriver or chisel in the notch to unscrew it.
Heat the drain with a hair dryer first to soften the old plumber's putty.
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Never thought of that one before! Still don't want to hit it too hard, though.
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I bought the "dumbell wrench" sold at Lowes, but it just broke off the remaining bits of the crosspiece. The label says it will remove tub drains without a crosspiece, but I don't see how because there's nothing else for it to grab. Anyway, I tried wrapping duct tape around the wrench to make it thick enough to grab the inside of the drain, and that did create a lot of grabbing, but still not enough to turn the drain. I also tried softening the putty with a hairdryer, and that didn't help either. So I went online and bought "The Drain Key" that Ron suggested (it expands to grab the inside of the drain), and it should be here in a few days. I thought of doing something like Mike's trick with cutting a notch in the lip of the drain, but that seems a little risky at this point, and I'm not feeling lucky right now.
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I should have said "tap" instead of drive, but it has always worked for me.
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Bravo Mike,

Your suggested fix worked out for me, and saved me the $30 on the drain key. Then I found out that I have a 1 3/8" fine threaded drain instead of the rather common 1 1/2" variety that now dominate the shelves. I found only one style, but had to go to the city over to purchase as the store in my town had none left.

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Hey, no problem. You're very welcome, but I'm 68 and have been DIYing for more than 50 years and everything that I supposedly "know", I learned from others. There's always more than one way to skin a cat and that's what DIYing is all about. It's great fun to me, and I'm still doing it all of the time. Going to replace some old warped and split boards out on my pier and dock today (Father's Day 2011), for instance...it'll be one old warped board on another, but I'll Git-'R-Done. lol
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In lieu of a special tool, I simply cut a small "V" notch in the lip of the drain with a hacksaw blade, and drive the drain around counter-clockwise with a hammer and screwdriver or chisel in the notch to unscrew it.
Heat the drain with a hair dryer first to soften the old plumber's putty.
Good Luck!
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Howdy Mike, same problem here... crosshairs broke after using the usual tool:
(BrassCraft Tub Drain Removal Tool from Home Depot).
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...&storeId=10051

The Drainkey from Lowes has nothing but 1 star reviews.
http://www.lowes.com/pd_272239-943-0...=#BVRRWidgetID

So thought of trying your method. You're suggesting cutting into the lip/vertical piece of the drain with a very small hacksaw? Would banging it with a chisel and hammer give it enough leverage to then turn the drain?
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before i got this tool by rector seal
http://www.rectorseal.com/Golden-Ext...Drain-Tool.php

i always used a cold chisel and hammer. put chisel on inside of drain lip hit it straight on till i got a good notch then hit on angle to unscrew repeat when notch moves enough where you can not get good hit with hammer.untill loose enough to turn by internal drain wrench or drain tool

http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/Internal...h/EN/index.htm
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Dremel with a cut off wheel works also
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Never thought of that one before! Still don't want to hit it too hard, though.
it works well do it all the time as you said have to be careful not to damage to tub.....Iam a surgeon with a sawzall..

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