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    I know that is a drum trap. It has been there and has not been touched as far as i know since i brough the house in 1986. And i need to take the top off to clean it and i tried and is hard to come off. I put oil on it since the last day and i am afraid of breaking it off. Can you tell me what i can do to make sure it does not break off?
    TIPS


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    Eric

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    Wow. That must be older than you and I combined.
    The last reply to you by another gentleman is hard to add to. What I would do is get a can of WD-40 and soak the top of it and get a large pipe wrench on the drum and another on the square nub of the top, then try and wrench off the top while exerting opposite pressure on the drum in order to keep it from moving. The top should come off with some amount of effort. About the only thing you can do other than re-plumbing that baby (which I would seriously consider doing).
    D.M.

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    • #3
      Very often the tops to old drum traps get so fused to the trap that the only way to get them off is to break them. If thats what you end of doing, be careful that you don't damage the threads on the inside of the drum trap. The easiest way to get the cover off it to take a hammer to the center of the cover. Breaking it from the center out, most of the time, enables you to remove it in several pieces. Once removed, take a wire brush and clean the threads as best you can then install a new cover. I'm not sure if the Big Boxes will carry replacement covers but most plumbing distributors will.
      I decided to change calling the bathroom the "John" and renamed it the "Jim". I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.

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      • #4
        in my house it was buryed hard to get to i had to use a long chisle and drove the cover off buy catching the edge i then used a box wrench and a socket. good luck i was told if i broke it i could use a rubber cap and a hose clamp that would fix jeff

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        • #5
          Thanks alot everyone
          Eric

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Eric16:
            I know that is a drum trap. It has been there and has not been touched as far as i know since i brough the house in 1986. And i need to take the top off to clean it and i tried and is hard to come off. I put oil on it since the last day and i am afraid of breaking it off. Can you tell me what i can do to make sure it does not break off?
            TIPS


            [IMG]http://ww2.imagewiz.net/images/hvac/49825_Drain.JPG

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            http://ww2.imagewiz.net/images/hvac/...ower_Drain.JPG

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Eric16:
              I know that is a drum trap. It has been there and has not been touched as far as i know since i brough the house in 1986. And i need to take the top off to clean it and i tried and is hard to come off. I put oil on it since the last day and i am afraid of breaking it off. Can you tell me what i can do to make sure it does not break off?
              TIPS


              [IMG]http://ww2.imagewiz.net/images/hvac/49825_Drain.JPG

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              http://ww2.imagewiz.net/images/hvac/...ower_Drain.JPG

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              • #8
                what i do is cut them out and replace them cause you run the risk of busting one of the old solder joints trying to remove the cap the what you got to get into the walls

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                • #9
                  I'm guessing you resolved the problem but I noticed no one mentioned adding some heat to the fitting. If you gently heat the drum itself it will expand just enough to allow you to unscrew the top. Some patience with it and you can remove the top.
                  Len<BR>Midlantic Plumbing & Heating

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