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Old 11-07-2011, 08:06 PM   #1
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Leaking drain, base of tub.

Theres the underside of the tub, then a rubber seal, then a sideways T shaped drain. Its leaking from one spot at the rubber seal. Do i have to replace the rubber seal or can i just silicone it? I unscrewed where the overflow connects to the T shaped drain but i still couldnt pull that apart. Also, underneath the T shape is all the PBC and theres only one screw part so i think i would have to cut the pbc too. That seems like alot of work to get to the rubber seal. hope the picture helps. Red arrow points right to the drip leak. Oh, and theres a bunch of dried out brown gunk peeling off around the rubber seal, plumbers putty?
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:28 AM   #2
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Yes, replace the seal, but this can be a mushroom problems if the pipes are old. Time and hard water act over time and the threads are thin when new, so they tend to break. And trying to get things back into position , holding things in place, not crossthreading the top nut, can all make for a frustrating job. A DIY job, yes, but be prepared for more than just the seal gasket.


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Old 11-08-2011, 08:05 AM   #3
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Yup, this job can easily "mushroom".

You start by trying to use a "dumbbell wrench",:

If that does not work you try a internal expanding wrench:

If that dos not work, you have to notch the shoe, and turn it with a chisel:

If that does not work, you call the plumber

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