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Old 08-08-2011, 12:28 PM   #1
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Overflow drain stained black, normal?


Hey guys, all the fixtures look polished in my house, but the darn overflow drain cover in my tub has some almost black looking stains that are streaky. Please take a look and let me know if that looks normal if installed in 2005. I had the house checked for chinese drywall and it doesn't show any signs, but I don't like the looks of this drain cover.

Also, there are some rusty copper pipes that connect to the bidet. I think they look like normal copper rust in a wet area like a bath, but what do you guys think? Normal? There are some almost blueish/greenish hues in it which I think are normal coopper rusting. These 2 things are the only things that look bad in the entire house and I've looked everywhere.

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Hi,

i can't really tell from your pic of the overflow exactly what/where the problem is.

As for the supply for the bidet, it doesn't look too bad. How old are those copper stub outs? Could be that a little bit of flux that wasn't cleaned off during the of the shut-offs or some moisture (condensation) was left to dry off at room temp, kinda like on a copper roof.

Are you on city water, or a well?

P.S. - You might consider replacing your shut-offs for the bidet and WC with the 1/4 turn ones. The angle stops you currently are more prone to failure, so I've heard.

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Its in a bath and this is hardware from late 2004. The copper rusting actually looks normal and I read that the hues of green and blue are normal copper rusting. I just don't like the drain overflow staining, I've never seen it stained in that fashion. It looks kind of like light black streaks. Probably just from the water. The water is on a powerful water softener, this may sound dumb but I'm not 100% sure if its well or city yet. Maybe its well and thats why they had the softener. Maybe well stains differently?
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Anyone know how to replace this cover only or do you need to do the entire assembly?
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Remove the screw and that cover comes right off----Should not be a problem finding a replacement.

A lot of those are chrome plated plastic---which may be the reason it looking off color in 6 years.
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Remove the screw and that cover comes right off----Should not be a problem finding a replacement.

A lot of those are chrome plated plastic---which may be the reason it looking off color in 6 years.
Thanks for your thoughts, all my other hardware looks brand new because its on the higher end side. This thing when you flick it with your fingernail it sounds like a thin piece of tin. I think you have a point about how this is less quality than the other hardware.

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