How to Fix a Garden Tub Drain

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Garden tubs are wider than their traditional standard tub brethren, and the drain is made differently. Fix up a defective garden tub drain with help from an experienced contractor in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Chris Wade. I'm a contractor in the City of Los Angeles. Today, I'm going to show you how to fix a garden tub drain. If you look down here in our garden tub you'll see that the drain is what needs replacing. There is a special tool that does that which looks like this and this actually is a multi plumbing tool and on this particular task we're going to use this end here. You can see that there's notches in a cross which will just fit right down inside the drain and basically it's just a counter clockwise turn which pulls it out. Just keep turning it until it comes out, it comes out pretty easily. Once you get it out, you're ready to put the new one in. You want to get some plumber's putty and you just want to kind of knead it. Plumber's putty is what goes around the seal right here and what you want to do is you want to knead it to about a one eighth inch of diameter and you just want to wrap it all the way around the bottom of the flange up against the top of the threads and just kind of tuck it in there. If you don't put this on, this will cause an immediate leak. Most of the time these things are pretty good for a lifetime unless they get cracked or this putty starts to corrode away but pretty much this is pretty much all you want to have to deal with and that's about the look you want to get and what you want to do is you just want to drop it back in and just get those threads started and then you want to take your tool and you just want to thread it back on. And what you're looking for to make sure you've got a good seal is you want some of that plumber's tape to kind of ooze out. Once you get it nice and tight the plumber's putty will ooze out around the new drain and basically you just want to just kind of wipe it off and just get it all clean, run your water, kind of clean up your area and that should take care of fixing your bathtub drain.

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