Changing bath tub drain cover plate

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by bezoar, May 31, 2011.

  1. bezoar

    bezoar New Member

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    Anyone have any suggestions on how to remove this contraption on the bathtub overflow?

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    I changed the stopper to a popup and want to put on a plain face plate, but the current face plates have too narrow a width and don't lie flush with the tub surface. The local plumbing supply store suggested putting in a 2 hole to 1 hole bracket, but I don't know how to get this thing out to put in the bracket. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    I believe that spins off.
  3. bezoar

    bezoar New Member

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    Man you are fast Terry. What type of tool would you use to grip it?
  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    I would maybe be able to get it with my plumbers pliers, and if not those, I would tap on the lugs with something. You have to be careful not to miss though and chip the tub.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    LEAVE it alone. IF you remove it, you will have NOTHING to attach the faceplate to, since the bolt holes are in the "locknut", and that is what is keeping the overflow from leaking. The "local plumbing store" did NOT know what they were talking about. A 2 bolt to one adapter plate, will add even more depth to the device. Just get a deeper two bolt plate, they DO make them.
  6. bezoar

    bezoar New Member

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    Ok, I'll try to find one. I haven't been able to find one that deep at the 2 local plumbing supply stores I've tried, and HD and Lowe's definitely don't have anything that will fit the bill.
  7. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    hj is right. I was thinking complete replacement, and that's not what you are doing.
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  8. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    quote; HD and Lowe's definitely don't have anything that will fit the bill.

    They ONLY have items that will fit 99% of the customer's needs. You are in the 1%, go to a good plumbing supply store. If necessary, get one with the trip lever, but do not connect anything to the lever.
  9. aswiercz

    aswiercz New Member

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    Any luck on finding a face plate that fits? I've run into the same problem with my tub, which appears to be the same style/brand as yours.
  10. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    On possibility is to saw or grind the "stubs" so they are flush with the ring.
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  11. fullysprinklered

    fullysprinklered Member

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    I agree with HJ. If it's the threaded parts sticking out that's the problem, grind them off and if necessary, run a tap through them to restore the threads. I carry a 4" grinder with a diamond blade for special occasions such as this.
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