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    Tips that may help others:

    I was called in (blind) to a leaky commercial 4-bay washtub. It utilized a mechanical, lever activated pop-up to open and close the drain. Apparently, the help liked to bash the handles with mop buckets, etc. until the basket strainers loosened and leaked. Never having worked on these before, I didnt have an appropriate tool to fit the slots in the top of the strainer.



    So:

    - drop the pop-up plug
    - insert 2 large open end wrenches
    - orient as needed
    - twist away!



    The 2 right-most baskets were siliconed on. The upper EPDM gasket was missing. Roof EPDM (rubber roof material) resolved that problem. I cut a template from the other gaskets and trimmed it when i was done.
    Last edited by Plumber Punky; 08-04-2014, 08:57 AM. Reason: spelling error
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    ... it was plumbed by Ray Charles and his helper Stevie Wonder

  • #2
    Nice job.

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    • #3
      You can make a wrench with a sort piece of 2" L copper. Hammer one end flat. Mine works better than the tool that's in our commercial strainer box. You can turn it with a 14' pipe wrench.

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      • #4
        Plumber Punky - nice improvisation. I've used a similar technique to install bath tub drains, except with a couple fairly beefy screwdrivers inserted into the basket and crossed like you did with the wrenches.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Dave Crocco View Post
          You can make a wrench with a sort piece of 2" L copper. Hammer one end flat. Mine works better than the tool that's in our commercial strainer box. You can turn it with a 14' pipe wrench.

          I'm way to old to use a 14' pipe wrench!

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          • #6
            Oops. I'm old, too. (63). A couple of months ago I had to use a 60 INCH pipe wrench. Good thing it was aluminum, or I couldn't have lifted it.

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            • #7
              A good plumber will find a way

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