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Old 04-07-2016, 04:38 PM   #1
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Tub drain cover won't come off


I have an old tub and I've tried to remove the drain cover but it won't budge. I removed the screw and I have a pair of thin needle nose pliers that I could get into the grate but it won't turn. The thin plier nose inserted into the grate is so little that I think I may crack it if I use too much force. I've abandoned the project for now but I may resume it later on. Does anyone have any recommendations for how to get it off?

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Re: Tub drain cover won't come off


the disk is stuck with lime and corrosion--

spray with penetrating oil--tap very gently--spray again--

A lime solvent would probably work but might damage the plating.
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Vinegar is a mild acid, it might help dissolve the lime.
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CLR should work
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I would used CLR on it a couple of times to reduce the amount of buildup. If you have a round screwdriver with the same thickness as the holes I would insert it into one of the holes and use a hammer on the handle of screwdriver, its just an idea though. Make sure your turning it the right way also.
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just break it off and replace with a drop in removable strainer for ease of cleaning.
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