Bathtub Drain Wrench on the Fly

Introduction: Bathtub Drain Wrench on the Fly

About: Spending way too much time on 'Ible! Restoring my 180 year old house. Thinking. tinkering with solder, electrons, copper.

Installing a new bathtub during the week end, I only needed to screw in the drain.
I had already experienced breaking the old drain when i removed the old tub using needle nose pliers and chanelocks.
The tub's installation manual also mentioned not to tighten the drain too hard or else risk cracking the fiberglass ;8(
I didn't want to go out to buy a tool i'd only use twice maybe!

Step 1: Tools and Material Needed:

- A saw, I am fortunate enough to have a compound saw but a hand saw would work as well.
- About a foot of 1" PVC
-Plumber's putty
-5 to 10 minutes

Step 2:

Cut 4 evenly spaced 1' slits on the lenghth of the end of the PVC. They should be spaced to fit in the drain.

Step 3:

Check that it fits snugly and make the necessary adjustments

Step 4:

Before you start screwing in the drain, don't forget to make a nice ring of "plumber's putty" between the tub and the drain.
Tighten with an adjustable wrench or chanelocks and clean up the excess putty and voila.
I could have made a more elaborate tool by adding a cross bar instead of using a wrench to tighten.
The size of my drain is pretty standard and 1" PVC was perfect. You may need to use a different size for your own customized tool.
I am also aware of the fact that there is a tool that does just that. However, this took less than 5 minutes to make and that beats the hour it would have taken to get out, drive to the big box, fork out $10, drive back, use said tool just once.
Your questions and comments are welcome!

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    another way to do it is to turn your pliers backwards and put the handles in the holes and twist it that way....


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I just wish you published your 'ible 3 months ago, before I forked out £15 when I replaced our bathtub ...
    Nice one my friend :-)