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  • Bathtub drain removal, plan B

    When I tried to remove the drain from a 40 year old cast iron tub the crosspiece snapped off. Any thoughts about what I should try next, using common tools, would be appreciated.

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    Re: Bathtub drain removal, plan B

    I'm sure that better suggestions will follow, but I used a dremel to cut the flange to the point that I could just break it out.

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    • #3
      Re: Bathtub drain removal, plan B

      SAWZALL!!! Cut a cross pattern vertically almost to the threads of the tub shoe, then cape it out with a chisel or screwdriver

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        Re: Bathtub drain removal, plan B

        They make a easy out for that I find that that will work about 50% of the time. If that dont work I use a mini hacksaw and cut to the treads in 2 spots about a inch apart then pry open with flat head. And some times if you have a bigger pair of channel locks if u put it in the drain when its closed it will grip the side walls enougn to get a good turn it depends on how old it is and how hard it is to turn.
        You can lose with me, but you can't win without me!.... PPI

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        • #5
          Re: Bathtub drain removal, plan B

          Just so happens ridgid makes a tool to help you out.


          http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/Internal...h/EN/index.htm


          Not as affordable as a sawblade but works well & less chance of damageing the tub (if that matters)

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          • #6
            Re: Bathtub drain removal, plan B

            Thanks to both responders, I used the Dremel to cut a pie shaped wedge out of the flange and the sawzall to split the threaded section and it came right out.

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