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Old 02-20-2011, 08:57 AM   #1
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The chrome drain fitting in the tub that connects to the PVC drain pipe needs to be replaced. I am told it simply screws out counterclockwise. Easier said then done. The cross hairs on the bottom were broken out years ago when the previous owner tried to remove it (at least thatís my guess). I cut 4 slots around the outside, in hopes that I could insert a screw driver into the slots, hit it with a hammer in a counterclockwise direction and that would loosen it up. That Didnít work. Next I inserted a piece of steel into two of the opposing slots going across the center of the drain, thinking I could get some leverage and use that to turn it out. The thing wonít budge. Any ideas????
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Try one of these tools.
Or finish one of your cuts all the way through from top of drain to the bottom. Take care of course, don't cut into the tub. Then you can pry it out.
Another way is to go below the tub (if you have access) and with a sawzall cut between the tub and drain nut.
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I read to apply heat to loosen up the putty. I put a hair dryer on it then tried to spin it. Still stuck.

I guess I need to go get one of these special tools. How do they work? Is it just pressure to the outside or do they self tap the side to grip into it. I’m afraid if its just pressure, it’s not going to help much as stuck as this thing is.
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Does anyone have experience with the drainkey mentioned above. Before I shell out $30 will it grip well enough to break this thing out?
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Do you have access below? Are you sure it's threaded into a PVC shoe? If so, that's the easiest option IMHO. Cutting plastic below the floor > cutting metal inside of a tub.

just cut through the threads in a couple of spots and it should fall right off the darn thing.

Sometimes people use that sticky putty, and it's near impossible to get them to spin out.
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That's a really neat saw and I want to buy one. What's the official name of it and is it available online?

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Sometimes people use that sticky putty, and it's near impossible to get them to spin out.
Yep, hate when that happens
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That's a really neat saw and I want to buy one. What's the official name of it and is it available online?

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here ya go HRG
http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1

i've got one, its a pretty handy little saw.
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here ya go HRG
http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1

i've got one, its a pretty handy little saw.
Thanks a lot for the link..
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I read to apply heat to loosen up the putty. I put a hair dryer on it then tried to spin it. Still stuck.

I guess I need to go get one of these special tools. How do they work? Is it just pressure to the outside or do they self tap the side to grip into it. I’m afraid if its just pressure, it’s not going to help much as stuck as this thing is.
From a previous post - heating the drain and using the handles of a channel lock pliers inserted in the crossbars, I was able to easily remove the drain. Thanks Mike.

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