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Old 05-24-2014, 04:29 PM   #1
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I'm trying to replace my tub drain and can't get the old one removed. I'm using the "Superior Tool" tub drain extractor, but the old drain won't budge. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 05-24-2014, 04:31 PM   #2
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Is the chrome ring turning at all?

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Old 05-24-2014, 04:32 PM   #3
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Barely...maybe a few mm.
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Old 05-24-2014, 04:36 PM   #4
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Do you think it's because my ratchet is so close to the tub? Should I get an extension?
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Old 05-24-2014, 04:45 PM   #5
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If it is only moving a little bit--you are,most likely, moving the entire drain shoe---which means the drain set is going to leak ---do you have access from below or from the back of the plumbing wall?

Are you removing and replacing the entire drain and over flow?
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Old 05-24-2014, 04:48 PM   #6
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I'm only removing the drain as the stopper Jo,longer was working....no access from behind or below.
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Old 05-24-2014, 04:55 PM   #7
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You have a stuck chrome ring---forcing it to turn will bend up and otherwise wreck the drain set---it might be in trouble now---are you on a slab? what is behind the plumbing wall---???
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Old 05-24-2014, 04:59 PM   #8
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It's on the second floor...I have no intentions of getting to it from below...how do I unstick the drain?
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I'll have to leave that for someone else---saw splitting the ring is the only way I know--and that has the risk of damaging the drain shoe---so being prepared to open up the walls or ceiling must be an option---if not--perhaps someone has discovered a solution---be patient---someone will chime in soon---
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Ok...thanks for your feedback. I went out and bought a 5 inch extension for the ratchet...still won't budge. It's like the drain become one with the pipe...very frustrating. Any and all suggestions are welcome.
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I almost always have to cut those out with a dremel. I think I've run across maybe 1 that I was actually able to unscrew. If you're *very* careful, you might not destroy the drain shoe in the process.

I'd still be prepared for the possibility of having to open up the wall.
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I have only run into a few that wouldn't unscrew---However,I am always prepared to replace the drain set,just in case----
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Old 05-24-2014, 09:31 PM   #13
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Ok...I'll throw this one out there for the sake of a conversation. Was Googling this one around and found a product that does not require you to take out old drain. It's called a Universal Nufit. Anyone have any luck with those?
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Old 05-25-2014, 07:24 AM   #14
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I know it's a little late but isn't the stopper not working is usually addressed thru the overflo ?
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Could you spray something like pb blaster on it and let it sit? Might soak in enough to break loose...

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