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Old 12-08-2010, 11:22 PM   #1
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Hello fellow DIY

I am in a desperate situation that requires some input / suggestions before I call a pro plumber.

I just installed a bathtub to replace an existing (roughly 20 year old tub). I have incurred a leak where when placing a stopper in the drain flange, and filling the tub, the water still leaks. I realize that the drain shoe is off centered and there is about an inch space between the drain shoe and the bottom of the tub. This I know is the source of my problem.

My question is what can I do to make up the 1 inch difference, i.e. do I put multiple rubber gaskets and then screw the flange so that there is a proper seal between the gasket, drain shoe and bottom of the tub drain?

The problem is the 1 inch gap when I tighten the drain flange causes my overflow to misalign with the tub opening because I'm causing the drain shoe and pipe to go on an angle...

I hope I have explained it properly...I'll try and see if I can post a picture...

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!!

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Old 12-08-2010, 11:30 PM   #2
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You need help real bad?
Well lets see what we can do. The tub shoe really needs to be against the bottom of the tub. More gaskets or anything like that would really be a piece of crap. Is the waste and overflow glue pvc?

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Old 12-09-2010, 12:38 AM   #3
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Go buy the correct drain assembly, follow the written directions. If you don't have the correct tools rent or buy them
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Old 12-09-2010, 01:05 AM   #4
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Sound like an improper install. plumber in law is right buy a new assy. if you've already made cuts to your pipes, if you didnt cut any pipes you need to rework your install, your local supply house should carry new drain gaskets.Adjust your pipes correctly and your drain seal will be dry for years to come.
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:48 AM   #5
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You need help real bad?
Well lets see what we can do. The tub shoe really needs to be against the bottom of the tub. More gaskets or anything like that would really be a piece of crap. Is the waste and overflow glue pvc?
Hi Broox

Yes the waste and overflow is PVC pipe...Unfortunately for me, I have no access from the back, so I guess I will have to take down the tiles and break the drywall to access the piping again?!?

Thanks for your help!
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Do you have access from underneath like a crawlspace or a basement? I have replaced waste and overflows from there before. It is not easy, but if you get a waste and overflow that is "slip joint"-like the one pictured by family tree remod it would be easier, because they are adjustable. Then you can probably adapt the new waste and overflow with a fernco adapter-a rubber boot with hose clamps. I think you would need a 1 1/2" outside diameter tubing to 1 1/2" or 2" pipe. Good Luck!!

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What's on the wall behind the plumbing? I'd rather cut some drywall and frame in an access door than bust out tile.
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What's on the wall behind the plumbing? I'd rather cut some drywall and frame in an access door than bust out tile.

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