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Old 12-21-2007, 02:58 PM   #1
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Removing pipes just to replace a gasket?


As water drains out of the tub, i found it is leaking where the drain shoe (horizontal) comes to a slip nut in a 3-ended pipe. sorry...i'm not a plumber and can't find a name for this section of pipe. it is the piece that brings together the overflow and the tub drain before the U-trap. (a decent diagram is here: http://www.plumbingworld.com/pricepf...ts.html)gasket

it turns out the rubber gasker has dried out and needs to be replaced. BUT...do i have to remove this entire section of pipe to get the gasket on? i have 2 of the slip nuts loose, but the bottom one (near the U-trap) is very tight and i'm reluctant to break this seal (old brass pipes). also it looks to me that, even if i do loosen the 3rd nut, i will have to loosen/remove the overflow pipe in order to have enough play to get the gasket in there.

Any advice on the best way to get thes pipes apart - if necessary - and how to get the gasket in will e much appreciated. trying to get this done before the in-laws come on Christmas! thanks, michael

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Old 12-21-2007, 04:39 PM   #2
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Loosen the overflow pipe. It's only held tight by a couple of bolts. (Check, but don't drop the rubber gasket on it as well. Replace too, if it's dried out.)
You can hold a backup wrench on the pipe near the trap and another to turn the stubborn slip nut. You might even spray a little WD-40 on it, to loosen it up. It's a rubber gasket, and you also might just heat it a little with a hair dryer to soften it up.
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thanks, mike...i got the overflow off but am still trying to bust this last slip nut.
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If the hairdryer doesn't work, you might hav eto heat it with a propane torch.
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depending on how much room to work and etc. take a hammer,preferably 2 and tap from each side at same time,,from ALL different directions,,,generally shakes it loose or take a couple pipe wrenches and persuade her!! Replace ALL the seals on all ends at once or you will soon be back to redo them anyway!! I like the slip plastic ones cause they dont seem to shrink,dry and rot so fast!! Good luck!!(With the inlaws)
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Mike - Thanks for the 2 rounds of advice. Everything came out and is back in with no leaks. MUCH appreciated.

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