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Old 08-17-2012, 09:31 AM   #1
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Repairing a leaky bathtub drain


I have a leaky bathtub drain I'm trying to repair.I'm thinking I just need to re-do the plumbers putty under the drain but I don't seem to be able to get the drain unscrewed from the waste fitting. I have the proper tool for loosening the drain but the cross that it fits in seems to be part of the waste fitting as the whole fitting moves when I'm trying to loosen it. I tried cutting a small notch in the drain and using a chisel to back it out, also with no avail. Can you point me in a new direction?

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Old 08-17-2012, 09:43 AM   #2
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Are you 100% sure your turing it in the right direction?
Any access on the back side of the wall or under the tub in the basement or crawl space?

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Old 08-17-2012, 09:53 AM   #3
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Yep... turning counterclockwise. Tub waste is visible under the tub in the basement. You can see it moving when I'm trying to turn the drain.
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Should be counter clockwise if your removing it from above.

Can you post a picture from below?
Is there a big nut holding the whole assembly in place or does it screw into a drain shoe? (just looks like an elbow with a flange on it that's fits tight to the bottom of the tub).
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I'll have to post a pic of underneath tomorrow as I'm not at home right now. I don't recall there being a nut underneath. As far as I can tell the drain just screws into the waste from above.

This is the first time I've needed to service it since I've been in the house - 40 years. I know the previous homeowner remodeled the bathroom himself and I'm beginning to think he may have used something other than plumbers putty.
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It's probably seized after 40yrs. I've used a sawzall from the bottom side and through the drain where it meets the tub, but then you need a new shoe, gasket and trim piece. sawzall's are great
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The old adage lefty loosy, righty tighty is in play here. LOL. 40 years old is middle age on us humans but in plumbing it's old age. Time to retire that old thing.
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if it was leaking where it attaches to the bottom of the tub it needs more than putty. if its been leaking the strainer is probably corroded to the shoe underneath the tub. like someone suggested a sawzall is the ticket.

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