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johnw7127
Can't fit snake into old bathtub. Difficulty removing overflow cover.
johnw7127

Hi all,

My wife and I have a 1930s home with slow drains (go figure). After doing liquid plumber and using a shop vac on the tub once a month, I have finally met resistance the shop vac cannot overcome! Bought a snake and enzymes. Now having trouble getting the snake into the tub. It's an older system, instead of a lever it has a larger handle that despite my best tug, will not come out. In this diagram, it's like the right one except the pop up drain stopper is no longer there: http://www.freediyhomeimprovement.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/How-Bathtub-Works.jpg

I took the screw out of the end of the handle, it didn't loosen the handle. I loosed the bolt against the cover and was able to slide the cover out enough to see inside. I can see two screws behind the cover but there's no way I will be able to get a flathead in there to loosen them because the handle is holding the plate too close.

Will try to attach a photo.

So, do I find a way to yank the handle out? Or do I need to go in the back closet and disassemble the drainpipe?

Thank you so much!
-John

bill
Re: Can't fit snake into old bathtub. Difficulty removing overflow cover.
bill

You have a crane waste and over flow. I would suggest that you remove and replace the whole waste and over flow. this can be done by cutting out the waste and overflow with a sabre saw and drilling out the screws and unscrewing the tongue. Then pass a fish though the drain and install a new waste and overflow. I would suggest installing a clean out on the drain line for the future. If this is too much hire a plumber

Bill

dj1
Re: Can't fit snake into old bathtub. Difficulty removing overflow cover.
dj1

At this point, if the handle doesn't budge, you need to replace the drain set.

It's an 8 on the degree of difficulty, so you may want to call a couple of plumbers for estimates.

Shop around, they make Tip Toe sets, which have no plungers and no rods - very simple and dependable.

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