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    I was told that I must use a drum trap for my new shower/tub. I just replaced my old tub. But I read that these traps are not allowed anymore buy national code. I live in Maine, any help on this would greatly appreciated.

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    Drum-traps were a plumbing practice for pre WWII construction and a bit into the early 50's.They are usually composed of lead,brass,copper or cast iron,any-way it is an out-dated fitting in my neck of the woods.The lead drum-traps make for ammunition and fishing anchors,while the copper and brass make for a profitable trip to the scrap-yard.Unless there is some special local code in Maine requiring a drum-trap you should change to 1.5"sched 40 pvc or abs or chrome plated brass p-trap with waste arm properly vented.Drum-taps have always been a night-mare for future maintinence of the tub draining properly.

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    • #3
      ...and don’t use whomever told you to use this as your plumber or for any additional plumbing advice.
      One of the best lessons I learned from my father is when he did nothing to help me. I then learned to help my self.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by brandypondme
        I was told that I must use a drum trap for my new shower/tub. I just replaced my old tub. But I read that these traps are not allowed anymore buy national code. I live in Maine, any help on this would greatly appreciated.
        Actually a drum trap is not illegal but it is only allowed under special conditions. You see a lot of them in jewelers and craft shops. In the case of a jeweler it is used to catch any precious metals which may wash down the drain. In a craft shop it might be used at the ceramic table to seperate the clay when you wash your hands. A drum trap would not be used in a combination tub & shower.

        Mark
        "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

        I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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        • #5
          Thanks For The Info

          I would like to thank all that have replied to my question. Thanks again and have a nice day.
          Roger

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