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TchrMommy

02:48PM | 08/06/03
Member Since: 01/04/04
84 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
The mechanism that plugs and releases my tub drain has seperated from the lever. I took off the overflow plate and it looks as though it's corroded away. I have a fiberglass tub/surround and the wall that the drain is on adjoins the kitchen cabinets and there is not an access panel. I can rip into the drywall and replace with a plastic access panel, but I have no idea what I am doing once I'm in there. Do I need to replace the whole drain system or just the lever mechanism? Is this an easy enough do-it-yourself job, or should I quit while I'm ahead and hire it out. I'm a pretty decent weekend warrior and a quick study.

plumber Tom

04:43PM | 08/06/03
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
If you can get to the brass rod inside the overflow, then just purchase another cover plate. No need to cut out a panel. Try to see how the old one was connected. Some use cotter pins. Good luck...........Tom

TchrMommy

09:37PM | 08/07/03
Member Since: 01/04/04
84 lifetime posts
Thanks!

TchrMommy

07:01PM | 08/09/03
Member Since: 01/04/04
84 lifetime posts
I was able to pull out the rod and bucket. The overflow plate broke apart in my hands though. There was a lot of what looks like calcium goop on the inside of it. I also scraped away a good amount of caulk and other gunk around the rubber gasket just inside the opening. I found the parts I need to replace this mechanism at the home center, but I am concerned about this chemical action. Is it possible that this is corroding the pipes or other things as well? I have some sheet vinyl coming up behind the toilet near the shower and noticed damp subfloor. The baseboard was gone when we bought the house, so this could be the reason, or it could just be from when people take a shower, or it could be the toilet (who knows). Should I have this inspected?

plumber Tom

01:02PM | 08/10/03
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
The damp floor may be a result of the toilet sweating(condensation). Yes have it checked out. Inspect the supply valve and packing nut;check the tank bolts, etc. The chemical reaction you mentioned may be a result of hard water and good old fashioned soap scum.

TchrMommy

07:07PM | 08/10/03
Member Since: 01/04/04
84 lifetime posts
Thank you. I did notice that one of the bolts coming out of the toilet at the floor is missing a nut (cap?). I'll call the plumber.
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