The Way to Replace a Bathtub Drain Line

Bathtub drain lines that are lead were very common on houses constructed before 1960. This line is attached to the tub drain/overflow”T” and then connects to a main drainage sewer line, such as the bathroom drain. Anyhow, a direct drainage line needs to be replaced if it is leaking or damaged, but in a real estate advertising situation the lead pipe ought to be updated and eliminated as a selling point.

Turn off the water source. Though you’re working on a drain line, even in case a wrench slips and you break a feed or somebody turns on the tub water, then you will have a mess to clean up.

Eliminate the lead pipe from the tub”T” connection. The pipe could be attached with a screw-in connection or it might be shaped to fit a joint over. Use a pipe wrench or an adjustable wrench to remove the connection, if screwed on. Cut the pipe that is lead away using a hacksaw if the connection can’t be unscrewed. But do not cut it flush. Leave roughly 1/2 inch of pipe protruding.

Eliminate from the drain connection. It is formed around a protruding iron pipe Even though it might be attached with a iron screw-in connector bit. Cut the lead pipe at the connection. Use a wood chisel and hammer to lower the rest of the lead pipe off of the iron pipe. Pull on the soft lead away using a pair of pliers.

Measure the distance from the”T” connection on the tub to the primary drain line. This is actually the drain pipe you need, un-threaded, which can be cast iron or, rather, PVC. A pipe similar to this can be obtained at the local hardware store, and they generally cut it to fit your requirements. Measure the appropriate duration In case you’ve got a bit of pipe available and cut it to fit with your hacksaw.

Assess the diameter of the”T” fitting pipe and the drain tube you may use. Then measure the drain pipe’s diameter.

Find a flexible coupling. Find these at pipes stores or hardware stores. Where one side is the same diameter as the other side they are available in many diameters, where one side is larger than the other side and they also come in various asymmetrical diameters. Get one that matches each side of the drain pipe and every side of the drain line.

Slide the coupling that is flexible within the drain and tighten the clamp . Twist the drain pipe and then tighten the clamp . Repeat this procedure on the opposite end where the drain pipe and the drain line meet. Slide it on the pipes and then tighten the clamps down.

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