Asked on Apr 13, 2021

How do I get this drain off the tub??

Gregory HamiltonWilliamJessie
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Here is a metal overflow drain on an old porcelain tub i am refinishing. This is the overflow drain plate on the front of the tub below the faucet. (not the tub drain on the bottom of the tub) I would like to get it off the tub so i refinish the tub and put a new one on. No luck sofar. Is it built into the tub? Is there a screw in the middle? There may be, but it looks hacked off.

overflow drain

13 answers
  • William
    William
    on Apr 13, 2021

    There should be a screw in the center. If you can't remove the screw you can drill the head out not the screw. A drill bit same diameter or close to the head diameter and slowly drill the head out. Once you remove the the drain, the screw stub should be there and it can be removed with a pair of pliers or vise grip pliers. Saturate the screw with WD40 and let it sit for a while to make removing easier.

  • Betsy
    Betsy
    on Apr 13, 2021

    Hi Gregory: If there isn't a screw in the middle, the entire thing may screw out. Try putting some WD40 around the outside edge, let it sit overnight and in the morning take a couple screw drivers and put them in opposing holes and try unscrewing counter clockwise and then clock wise several times, gently, to break the rust seal that's most likely on there. It may take a bit of doing. Be sure not to have the tips of the screw drivers resting on the tube inside of the drain as you may break or crack it, and you don't want to do that.


    Hope this helped.

  • Vimarhonor
    Vimarhonor
    on Apr 13, 2021

    Hello. That’s a great question. This link might offer some clues usinga tool. Talking with someone in a plumbing store or plumbing department of a big box our store might have the perfect solution. Best wishes on your restoration that is an exciting project.

    https://www.instructables.com/Replacing-Bath-Tub-Drain/

  • Robyn Garner
    Robyn Garner
    on Apr 15, 2021

    Is this tub still in place in a home???

    If so, here are instructions to remove the overflow drain via the pipe to the wall.

    https://homeguides.sfgate.com/instructions-replace-tub-drain-overflow-21291.html


    If not connected, try putting the handles of a pair of pliers into opposing holes on the drain. Use the handles as leverage to turn.


    If all else fails, consider putting silicone sealant to cover all means of drainage through that side drain and then finish on top of the sealant.

    https://www.houzz.com/discussions/5865980/old-bathtub-overflow-drain-no-screw-holes

  • Dee
    Dee
    on Apr 15, 2021


    Step 1 – Turn Off the Water. The first step is to make sure that all of your water sources are completely turned off. ...R.Remove the clip that holds the overflow cover plate to the plunger rod. ...

    Try spraying some liquid wrench or WD-40 down the overflow drain pipe where to plunger sits. ...

    Use pliers to grip the rod and attempt to lift straight up.



  • Deb K
    Deb K
    on Apr 15, 2021

    Hi Gregory, this should hope fully help you out,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcbm9Gui57E


  • Simple Nature Decor
    Simple Nature Decor
    on Apr 16, 2021

    Set the drain to its open position. Unscrew the knob on the top of the drain stopper to see if there is a set-screw underneath. If your drain stopper has a set-screw, use a small screwdriver or a hex key to unscrew it. Twist the entire stopper counterclockwise until it pulls free from its mounting post.

  • Gregory Hamilton
    Gregory Hamilton
    on Apr 16, 2021

    Huh? This doesn't seem to apply.

  • Annie
    Annie
    on Apr 18, 2021

    It should un screw, but I would think the threads are all rusty. Might have to break it to remove. You could try some WD40, Squirt some just behind it and let it sit overnight... Squirt several times and let sit for a while.. That might help

  • Jessie
    Jessie
    on Apr 18, 2021

    Hi

    If you still have not solved this issue, and tub is still at home. Here is a good instruction how to fix it

    https://homeguides.sfgate.com/instructions-replace-tub-drain-overflow-21291/laanius.dk

  • William
    William
    3 days ago

    Most overflow drains have two screws or one center screw. Since you verified yours does not have a center screw....What is this tab in the photo?! Any chance it pops off and the tab is a guide where to place a flat head screwdriver. Similar to the backs of watches to replace a battery.

    • Gregory Hamilton
      Gregory Hamilton
      3 days ago

      Thank! But there is no tab, it just looks like it in the picture. I cannor get it to move. My plumber suggested i get a dremel tool and just saw though it, i cant see any other way.

  • William
    William
    3 days ago

    You can also use a hack saw if you have one. Would save the expense of buying a dremel. Have you tried using a pair of long nose pliers and sticking them in the holes a seeing if it twists off. I would try putting the tips in the holes and twist. I also would try sticking the handles of a pair of pliers in the holes and use another pair of pliers to try to see if it does twist off. Final option would be to cut it off.

  • Gregory Hamilton
    Gregory Hamilton
    3 days ago

    Well folks, i discoverd that i am wasting my time. The cover for the overflow drain is integral part on the drain pipe behind it. It is impossible to cut off.

    Anybody know some universal type cover to put over it?

    Picture after drilling, bashing etc....

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