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replacing bathtub drain cover when old screw is rusted

Posted by maurenemm (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 29, 11 at 9:58

The cover (strainer type, very standard type) on my bathtub drain came off years ago when the screw holding it in place broke/rusted off. I've been lazy and just left it off, but now I want to replace it with a new cover. But, I can't get the old screw out. The head of the screw looks to be completely gone (rusted away). I can't grab enough of it with plyers or a wrench to get it out.

Hope that makes sense. Any suggestions on how to get that screw out or put on a new cover?


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RE: replacing bathtub drain cover when old screw is rusted

Your best bet would be a screw extraction bit. You can find them at Lowes or HD. Its just a bit ($5 -$10) you put in your drill that will go counterclockwise, drill into the screw and back it out.

RE: replacing bathtub drain cover when old screw is rusted

I just replaced mine. I was falling apart/crumbling. I didn't have the tool mentioned. I very carefully used a small dremel with a "grinding/cutting" wheel I found in my husbands hobby stuff to cut it in two and gently used a small chisel. The tool is probably best, but it turned out o.k. with me. FYI, the guys at Menards recommended using latex caulking material when replacing the new one. I didn't have much luck with that and used plumbers putty. I am a total novice though.

RE: replacing bathtub drain cover when old screw is rusted

Thank you! Luckily, I got out of having to try to fix this. But I looked into that screw extraction bit - pretty neat.

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