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    Question old fashioned galvanized tub drain cleanout

    I have an old galvanized plumbing system with a tub attached to a drum shaped trap of some kind with a plug that unscrews mounted in the woood floor adjacent to the tub. I assume this is a p trap of some kind. It was probably installed in 1937. Should I keep this or figure out how to remove it and replace with conventional ABS p trap and new drain and overflow? The existing drain and overflow leaks, is corroded, and drain is slow.

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    You can change the waste and overflow with out the need to change out the drum trap. I keep the drum trap as long as the plug comes off and the threads in the trap are still good to make a water tight seal when the plug is installed. To clean the drain you remove the plug on the trap and rod the line back to the tube and towards the main drain, usually no more 10 feet away.

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    I agree with Sewer Ratz, but if you every do a remodel, get rid of both the galvanized pipe and the drum trap. Those traps are way outdated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Swart View Post
    I agree with Sewer Ratz, but if you every do a remodel, get rid of both the galvanized pipe and the drum trap. Those traps are way outdated.
    I bet you would say using plumbers putty to set a water closet is outdated too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewerRatz View Post
    I bet you would say using plumbers putty to set a water closet is outdated too.
    Who wouldn't!

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    Sewerratz. See what association with us is doing? You are getting smarter already.

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