The other day I went to change out our bathtub drain because the popup piece that stops the water appeared to be loose. I came to find out it was because the cross members were broken and the stopper didn’t have anything to connect to.
It is hard to see in the picture with the drain still in the bathtub (2), but you can see once it was pulled out what it looked like (1).
So the tool that I had on hand, a “Bathtub Drain Wrench”, (3) was useless.
I went to Home Depot in hopes of finding a solution and thankfully they had one. It was this tool here (4) and was located with all the other plumbing tools. It was called a “Bathtub Drain Extractor” and cost about $20.
After getting this tool the solution was easy. Pound it in with a hammer so the threads on it get stuck on the drain (5).
Use a socket wrench to unscrew the stuck tool and the drain comes out with it (6).
After the drain is removed; prep it up and place in the new drain.
Using the before mentioned tool, the “Bathtub Drain Wrench” makes it easy to screw in.
You could just use pliers or something simple like that to do this as well.
The tool just needs to be dropped into place and turned.
I happened to have a tent stake close by so that is what I used to turn it.
(See image on the left)
And then it is in as good as new. Screw the stopper on and we are good to go. (Images below)
The kids can use the tub again.
If you happen to live close by and would rather not spend the $20 to purchase the Tub Drain Extractor then you can rent it from me for just a couple of bucks. (I know I would rather have done that if I had the choice since I probably won’t be using it again.)
So I will let you use it.