Tub drain removal/installation
Cut a "V" notch inside the lip of the old drain with a hacksaw blade. Heat the old plumber's putty under the drain lip with a hair dryer on high heat to soften it up, and then tap the drain back around counter-clockwise with a hammer and chisel or flat screwdriver to unscrew and remove it. Clean off all the old putty.
Roll a roll of fresh plumber's putty about the size of a pencil in your hands and wrap it completely around the drain hole depression. Tighten the new drain down on the new putty and wipe away the excess. You can use the handles of a pair of channel locks stuck down in the crosspieces with a screwdriver in the teeth for leverage to snug it down. Do NOT break off the crosspieces of the new drain, or you'll be right back in the same shape for future removal. Easy.
Last edited by Mike Swearingen; 01-23-2006 at 11:36 AM.