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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 Those traps are way outdated.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 Those traps are way outdated.
    I bet you would say using plumbers putty to set a water closet is outdated too.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    I bet you would say using plumbers putty to set a water closet is outdated too.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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    Quote Originally Posted by hj View Post
    Sewerratz. See what association with us is doing? You are getting smarter already.
    *snickers* Hj I still use plumbers putty, I have a shelf full of 5 lb tubs of sta-put putty. I dislike wax, and really dislike them waxless set ups. Give me putty or a Zurn Neo-Seal or give me death.

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    Bet you played with playdoh and silly putty when you were a youngun' too huh, ratz┐
    I just post cuz I like to see my avatar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewerRatz View Post
    *snickers* Hj I still use plumbers putty, I have a shelf full of 5 lb tubs of sta-put putty. I dislike wax, and really dislike them waxless set ups. Give me putty or a Zurn Neo-Seal or give me death.
    Sta-put rocks,but for a W/C flange to W/C seal wax works the the best.
    IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwhyu2 View Post
    Sta-put rocks,but for a W/C flange to W/C seal wax works the the best.
    IMO
    I have had troubles with wax in many places, where plumbers putty solved the problem. If you said that in front of my sponsor, he would of given you an ear full.

    Quote Originally Posted by kingsotall View Post
    Bet you played with playdoh and silly putty when you were a youngun' too huh, ratz┐
    All the time. I loved the stuff. Also when I use to hang out with my dad in his work truck I grab a big ball of plumbers putty and play with it as well. The nice thing about a good plumbers putty is that it did not dry out like playdoh.

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    Default Plumber's putty sounds time-consuming and expensive

    ...without any real gain in quality. If a toilet is properly bolted and shimmed, wax will last for decades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seattleplumber View Post
    ...without any real gain in quality. If a toilet is properly bolted and shimmed, wax will last for decades.
    So will putty.

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    I was asking another guy about the whole putty for setting closets and his take was that the putty would dry out and shrink. We see it all the time on basket strainers that leak.
    I just post cuz I like to see my avatar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingsotall View Post
    I was asking another guy about the whole putty for setting closets and his take was that the putty would dry out and shrink. We see it all the time on basket strainers that leak.
    I have pulled water closets that where set with plumbers putty over 10 years ago and they had perfect seals still. Thing is to use a non-drying putty. But if you think about it no matter what you use, wax or putty, over time it will degrade and need replacing.

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