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    Default Changing bath tub drain cover plate

    Anyone have any suggestions on how to remove this contraption on the bathtub overflow?



    I changed the stopper to a popup and want to put on a plain face plate, but the current face plates have too narrow a width and don't lie flush with the tub surface. The local plumbing supply store suggested putting in a 2 hole to 1 hole bracket, but I don't know how to get this thing out to put in the bracket. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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    I believe that spins off.

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    Man you are fast Terry. What type of tool would you use to grip it?

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    I would maybe be able to get it with my plumbers pliers, and if not those, I would tap on the lugs with something. You have to be careful not to miss though and chip the tub.

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    LEAVE it alone. IF you remove it, you will have NOTHING to attach the faceplate to, since the bolt holes are in the "locknut", and that is what is keeping the overflow from leaking. The "local plumbing store" did NOT know what they were talking about. A 2 bolt to one adapter plate, will add even more depth to the device. Just get a deeper two bolt plate, they DO make them.

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    Ok, I'll try to find one. I haven't been able to find one that deep at the 2 local plumbing supply stores I've tried, and HD and Lowe's definitely don't have anything that will fit the bill.

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    hj is right. I was thinking complete replacement, and that's not what you are doing.
    Last edited by Terry; 05-31-2011 at 07:24 PM.

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    quote; HD and Lowe's definitely don't have anything that will fit the bill.

    They ONLY have items that will fit 99% of the customer's needs. You are in the 1%, go to a good plumbing supply store. If necessary, get one with the trip lever, but do not connect anything to the lever.

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