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Weekend Warrior

02:56PM | 01/14/03
Member Since: 11/29/02
106 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
Does anyone have a trick up their sleeve for removing a drain from a fiberglass shower?

The drain in question is the Brass No-Caulk type w/Stainless Steel Strainer.

I am having trouble getting the darned thing off. With some WD40 and a lot of elbow grease I managed to get the inner sealing nut off, but I cannot, for the life of me, get the nut that sandwiches it onto the shower off.

The area is too obstructed to get a wrench on it- or any other leveraging tool for that matter. I've tried WD40- tapping the ears with a punch and hammer, to the point that I chipped the flange of the fitting. Nothing works.

Are there any other secrets anyone knows of to bust this thing loose?

...the frustration ensues....

rpxlpx

03:27AM | 01/15/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
Would it be possible to get a strap wrench on it? Just a thought.
(Also, I think Liquid Wrench is better than WD-40 for loosening threads.)

raymondvinzant

07:52AM | 01/15/03
Member Since: 11/17/02
50 lifetime posts
Sometimes I use a dremmel and cut the nut on one side down to the threads. Then I take a screwdriver and put it in the cut and spread the nut so it loosens. It should come off then. You have to replace the drain, but t hats no problem.
Good Luck
Raymond Vin Zant
Plumbing Prof

raymondvinzant

07:53AM | 01/15/03
Member Since: 11/17/02
50 lifetime posts
I often use a dremmel to cut a slot in the brass nut. Then I use a screwdriver to pry it off the basket.
Good Luck
Raymond Vin Zant
Plumbing Prof

Weekend Warrior

03:21PM | 01/15/03
Member Since: 11/29/02
106 lifetime posts
Might as well just cut liek you suggest (if I can get a Dremel in there). It's already shot anyway, sinch I bsuted a chunk out of the flange

Weekend Warrior

05:50AM | 01/16/03
Member Since: 11/29/02
106 lifetime posts
What type of Dremel bit would be best????
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