Most leaks between the drain and tub are due to the plumber's putty cracking. The tub drain screws into a retaining nut below the tub. There is a special plumber's tool to use when removing the drain. However, you can also unscrew the bathtub drain with a pair of pliers and screwdriver. After removing the bathtub drain you will need to clean the area well of all residual plumber's putty before installing a new drain.
Things You'll Need
- Channel lock pliers
- Flathead screwdriver
- Utility knife
Place a towel in the bottom of the tub to protect the tub enamel while you are working inside the tub.
Insert the handles of the pliers into the tub drain. The handles will need to go into the crosshairs in the bottom of the tub drain.
Place the blade of the screwdriver in between the two handles so that you can grab the screwdriver handle and the blade of the screwdriver with your hands.
Grasp the screwdriver with both hands and turn the pliers counter-clockwise. You will need to use some force when turning the pliers with the screwdriver. When you begin to see a little space between the drain and the tub, cut the plumber's putty as much as possible using a utility knife.
Continue turning the drain counter-clockwise until you remove the drain completely from the tub.
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