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    Angry Tub Drain Basket

    I tried to remove the drain basket in our tub, nad the cross bars in the bottom of the basket was the only thing to come out of the tub. Any suggestions on how to remove the rest of the basket so that I may replace it with a new one?

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    A dumbell wrench might have done the trick earlier but now its a bit tougher You have to cut the drain I'll be back in a bit with some pics for you I have to find them.
    Last edited by Terry; 06-16-2008 at 09:10 AM.

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    That is what I tried earlier, it just twisted the bottom (the cross portion) off. Thanks for the advice, I'll wait for the pictures.

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    Heree's what I was looking for!

    Cut a notch 1/4 in. wide and deep in the old stopper body with a mini hacksaw. Check progress frequently to ensure you don’t cut into the tub. Wedge a 3/4-in. cold chisel into the cutout slot and pound counterclockwise with a hammer to free the stopper body (use caution when hammering so you don’t scratch the enameled tub). Completely unscrew and remove the stopper body.
    http://www.rd.com/19660/article.html

    Last edited by Redwood; 03-21-2008 at 06:19 PM.

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    A dead blow hammer would be good to use. A lot safer than a steel hammer where one slip could raise havoc with the tub.

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    When I do it I actually make 2 cuts on opposite sides so you can get a better hitting angle. I Don't beat the hell out of it either. More of a tap tap tap chasing it in a circle.

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