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Nancy
Looking for a 1 5/8 inch drain for claw foot tub
Nancy

I have a 100 year old claw foot tub that I would like to keep and use. It has an unusual size drain fitting that is broken. I am told by the plumber that I need to find "a 1 5/8inch drain to the stand pipe. a compression fitting". Both pieces are broken. Thank you for any ideas

A. Spruce
Re: Looking for a 1 5/8 inch drain for claw foot tub
A. Spruce

Check with an antique plumbery, they may have some replacement parts, as well as adapters to fit the odd size to modern standards. Call a few plumbing houses with your needs, one of them may have it or know where you can get it.

johnjh2o
Re: Looking for a 1 5/8 inch drain for claw foot tub
johnjh2o

Leg tub drains are 1-3/8" not 1-5/8".
https://www.plumbingsupply.com/clawfoot2.html

Nancy
Re: Looking for a 1 5/8 inch drain for claw foot tub
Nancy

This is the problem. The plumber can not re-install the tub since the drain is actually not the usual, but actually is the unusual 1 and 5/8 inches. So we are looking for the unusual size. Thank you ro your assistance.

dj1
Re: Looking for a 1 5/8 inch drain for claw foot tub
dj1

You could be able to find an adapter/reducer between the two sizes. Go to a plumbing supply house or search ******.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Looking for a 1 5/8 inch drain for claw foot tub
Mastercarpentry

I've never seen or heard of the 1 5/8" size. These days (and for the last 50+ years) everything is 1 1/4" or 1 1/2", while all the old tubs I've ever seen which didn't use these sizes used the 1 3/8" size JohnJh2o mentioned such as this: http://http://clawfoot.us/drains.html or this: http://colorcraft.us/page15.html.

The 1 3/8" size is not often known by younger plumbers or those not in the remodeling business because of it being made obsolete long ago. And if you measured the hole in the tub itself it could well be 1 5/8" diameter but still use the 1 3/8" size piping. The easiest way to be sure is to try a new 1 1/2' drain fitting and if it won't go in, try a 1 1/4" drain fitting- if it's too loose then you've got the old 1 3/8" size.

Can't blame the young'uns for not knowing about the old stuff or where to get it. Old cast iron clawfoot tubs are common and cheap here without the drain assembly which doubles the price if it's complete and usable. The last place in town that carried 1 3/8" stuff is no longer ordering any once it's shelf stock is gone, they say it doesn't sell enough anymore for them to fool with :(

Phil

johnjh2o
Re: Looking for a 1 5/8 inch drain for claw foot tub
johnjh2o
Mastercarpentry wrote:

I've never seen or heard of the 1 5/8" size. These days (and for the last 50+ years) everything is 1 1/4" or 1 1/2", while all the old tubs I've ever seen which didn't use these sizes used the 1 3/8" size JohnJh2o mentioned such as this: http://http://clawfoot.us/drains.html or this: http://colorcraft.us/page15.html.

The 1 3/8" size is not often known by younger plumbers or those not in the remodeling business because of it being made obsolete long ago. And if you measured the hole in the tub itself it could well be 1 5/8" diameter but still use the 1 3/8" size piping. The easiest way to be sure is to try a new 1 1/2' drain fitting and if it won't go in, try a 1 1/4" drain fitting- if it's too loose then you've got the old 1 3/8" size.

Can't blame the young'uns for not knowing about the old stuff or where to get it. Old cast iron clawfoot tubs are common and cheap here without the drain assembly which doubles the price if it's complete and usable. The last place in town that carried 1 3/8" stuff is no longer ordering any once it's shelf stock is gone, they say it doesn't sell enough anymore for them to fool with :(

Phil

Phil you wouldn't be calling me old would you?:cool:

Mastercarpentry
Re: Looking for a 1 5/8 inch drain for claw foot tub
Mastercarpentry
johnjh2o wrote:

Phil you wouldn't be calling me old would you?:cool:

No older than me my friend :cool: (and if you're lucky, not this old!)

Phil

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