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Old 12-26-2014, 10:43 PM   #1
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Hi everyone!
I've been working on a bath remodel, had a question and came across this chat room.
So, here goes my first question...
I am getting ready to install a vintage refinished claw foot tub. I was assembling the drain and discovered that the drain flange doesn't quite fit into the tub drain hole. I'm thinking it's because the urethane material is caked on a little in the hole...but not exactly sure. I was thinking that I could remove some of the material and see if it the flange fits. Just not sure if I have the wrong sized flange or if it is the urethane? And if it is just the urethane material, how should I remove this? I'm hesitant to remove the material because I don't want to encourage any peeling or expose the cast iron. Maybe I'm over thinking it??
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Old 12-27-2014, 05:09 AM   #2
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Can you post a good clear picture of the hole? the flange?

Some of the antique tubs had odd sized fittings---
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Old 12-27-2014, 09:23 AM   #3
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Here is the pic.
The pic is me holding the drain under the tub. I did that because it gave a better view of the flange and drain hole. I will post another pic from the top.
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Old 12-27-2014, 09:26 AM   #4
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Here is the next pic.
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Old 12-27-2014, 10:47 AM   #5
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Hoping you're not the person that 'refinished' the tub.. Sure looks like a terrible amateurish job,and I'm wondering if you do get it to fit,will it ever seal?
A half round file should take of the excess an enlarge the hole-[try to keep it round.]
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I'm not the one who refinished the tub.

Needless to say, it's the tub that I'm working with. The gasket/and or putty should take care of the seal...that's what I'm hoping for...isn't that what the stuff is designed to do? Provide a tight seal? I guess we'll see.

My biggest concern was removing the urethane material.

I will take a file to it and see what happens.
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The plumbers putty is not the water tight seal---that is accomplished by the rubber washer on the bottom of the drain set---so---take a flat file to th bottom of the opening and clean that well--it needs to be flat for the rubber to seal.
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Thanks Mike.
I want to make sure I'm clear. I should file around the drain underneath the tub to flatten out? I'm assuming I should go ahead and file the inner part of the drain hole as well to make room for the flange?
Now moving onto the next part...
I've included a pic of the drain opening into the floor (FYI-the pvc drain is not set, just dry fit). The front right leg of the tub is going to rest where the hole will be filled in. Does it look like I have enough jagged edges to lock in the new concrete or do I need to do something to ensure a strong base for the weight of the tub?
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Clarification - The previous pic tilted on me.
The valves are on the left wall, so that right front leg of the tub would be located in the upper portion of the picture (the top of the hole in this posted pic).
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Your hole is just fine--the new concrete will bite and bond well---

Yes---clean the edges of the hole in the tub---and remove any material that dribbled out the bottom---what sort of drain set are you using?

Compression (slip fittings) or solvent weld?

Do you have access from the plumbing wall or must everything be done from above?
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I will be using a standard clawfoot drain assembly that I plan on attaching to the pvc drain with a 1-1/2" marvel coupling.

I'm not sure I understand your last question. The water valves are sticking out of the wall. I plan on using the flexible water supply lines to connect (not sure if that answers your question).

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I was wondering if you had room to get your hands into the piping--

Some tubs installs require skinny arms to reach the drains---
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Gotcha. I believe it's going to be very tricky to install because I don't have a lot of room to work with...but I have to believe it can be done!!
By the way Mike, thanks for your timely responses!
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I build a lot of bathrooms each year---so my answers are based on my own experiences--I do have skinny arms
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