11:49PM | 07/03/01
Member Since: 01/20/99
23 lifetime posts
While I am relatively adventurous when it comes to do it yourself projects, I am a bit wary of replacing the tub drain in my bathtub. The problem is the drain only drains the tub if I hold the tab (switch, knob, dohickey,thingamabob) down. Can this be repaired or do I have to take out the entire assembly and replace? If it has to be replaced is this a really disgusting thing to do since this one has been in place for the last thirty years?



05:07AM | 07/04/01
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
You'll need to tinker with the stopper and/ or the mechanism (lever)above the drain.Since these are all different it's difficult to give anymore direction,however,quite often you can remove the stopper from the drain and realign the attached hardware.If you've never removed the stopper you may find a science project when you get it out.


05:07AM | 07/05/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
If it's like mine - (switch/doohikey/thingamabob) there is a spring-loaded lever on the back of that doohickey that is what holds it in the open or closed position. Chances are the spring is lost or rusted away. Remove the 2 screws, pull it out and see how it looks and works. It'll probably be a snap to fix. You might have to get a replacement part.


04:11PM | 12/16/02
Member Since: 12/15/02
4 lifetime posts
You can purchase a Presflo Tub drain replacement kit with overflow cap. You can purchase it exclusively at and look under Drain replacement. It cost $50 for the entire kit plus $5-8 for shipping.

In your case, you simply have to remove your old drain cap with everything behind it. Put the new chrome drain cap on with the new screw. Next to install the new PresFlow flipflop drain is simple, apply the include epoxy to the bottom of the drain cap, place it on top of your old cap, press and hold it for 2 minutes and you are done.

Hope this had help you.


08:30AM | 12/17/02
Member Since: 11/17/02
50 lifetime posts
You can do anything with the right tools and a FEW GOOD BOOKS. (though I was gonna say Men didnt ya). The tools are channel lock pliers, screw drivers, and a sawzall. Get a book on plumbing by Black and Decker. They have good resources. The book will show you how easy it is. My sister was a plumber and it aint that tough, with everything being made from plastic.
Plumbing Prof.


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