Tub overflow screws rusted

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Alexbacon

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Hi!

I recently purchased a house built in 1950. I know nothing about plumbing but after watching some videos I decided I wanted to update the fixtures in the tub. When I unscrewed the screws on the overflow cover, the screw heads were so rusted they broke off. The gasket looks pretty chewed up too. I don't know how to get the old screws out or how to attach a new overflow cover. Even if I get the screws out I'm not sure new ones would even screw into this rusted disaster. Is there anything I can use to just stick a new cover on? Caulk? Plumber style super glue? I totally regret starting this project and would really appreciate some help.


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Do you have access to the wall behind? If so, the top part of the drain assembly can be removed and replaced. It fits together with standard 1-1/2" slip joint nuts and washers.

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Hardware stores would carry the waste and overflow in brass, and you could install the top part into the rest of your existing drain.
 

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Do you have access to the wall behind? If so, the top part of the drain assembly can be removed and replaced. It fits together with standard 1-1/2" slip joint nuts and washers.

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Hardware stores would carry the waste and overflow in brass, and you could install the top part into the rest of your existing drain.

I do not have access to behind only through this little overflow hole. I'm not a bath person so I'm okay if it's not functional, I just want to cover this huge hole up now lol
 

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Drill out the old screws and tap new threads. Then use brass screws to prevent a repeat. Has the bracket that sat behind the cover rusted away or is it salvageable?
 
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