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Well, that's a lot of help!

The bathtub drain in our bathroom started running way too slow in the last couple of days.  In our old house, the drain was easy to clean.  It had the grid that caught all the hair and stuff, then it could be thrown away when the tub was rinsed.  In this house, they installed the stupidest drains.  The plug is all one piece that drops down in the hole.  The hair and gunk goes down there too, and you can't get to it.  There is a screw to remove the plug so you can get to it.  But now the screw will not come out, so I cannot get in there!  When it gets clogged there's nothing much I can do.  I use the screwdriver to fish around and pull out whatever I can, but that doesn't really work.  So today I went looking online to find any hints.  Look what I found over at this site called Repair-Home.com:

If you have a newer bathtub, it probably has a pop-up or plunger drain. If your drain is taking forever to clear, it probably has a blocked drain assembly. Just clean the assembly - remove all that gross hair - and your tub should be as good as new.

Like I said, that's a lot of help.




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Apr. 5th, 2007 07:23 am (UTC)
LOL, big help!
Apr. 5th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC)
Hair + Soap scum = best glue in the world.
Actually, if you have the drop down assmebly (with the "switch" to open and close the drain on the front of the tub) it is easy to clean.

Take the two screws out of the overflow where the "switch" is located and the whole thing will pull out. You can then run a snake or something down in there (make sure it is nothing that can fall off and cause you further issues)and clear the clog.

Or just pour some "liquid plumber" or "Drano" down the hole.

You can also buy a screen that fits in the drain to prevent this type of thing.
Apr. 5th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Hair + Soap scum = best glue in the world.
Ours is really stupid - there is no "switch" to open and close the drain. It sits there and drops down in if it's bumped, or you can turn it in a certain way to close the drain. I really think the person who designed this should be shot, that's all.
Apr. 5th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Hair + Soap scum = best glue in the world.
I'd almost bet that it is the same style. You have no visible plug for the tub? if not, that whole assembly comes out. And you can replace it (take the old one to the store to get the correct size) with a new plug that works correctly.
Apr. 5th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Hair + Soap scum = best glue in the world.
The plug is visible. It looks basically like this:

So, there is barely any room to get in around it to try to clean anything out. There is a little screw down in there that holds the top on. When it comes out, it isn't too big a deal, but since it doesn't, I want my old drain back!

It looked like this one.

Hair got snagged on top and could be cleaned every day so it didn't build up. Also it was slightly raised, so that time I lost my diamond earring in the shower, it didn't go down the drain but lodged right next to it. -- Probably should assign the hubby to do some kind of replacement thing, but first I guess I'll buy Drano.
Apr. 5th, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Hair + Soap scum = best glue in the world.
Gotcha. Those are a pain. I would replace the whole thing twas me. If you can get to the bottom of the tub it all just unscrews and you can install a drain like you used to have and a plug with the switch on it on the overflow.

You can still pull the two screws out of the overflow plate and access the clog that way. You will need a plumbers snake, though, as it is most likely in the p-trap located just under the tub.

You can also bend a hanger and probe the horizontal pipe that runs from the tub drain and connects at a "t" at the bottom of the verticle overflow drain pipe.

This is what it looks like from the backside.
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