How to Remove a Bathtub Drain in 3 Easy Steps

Need to replace your tub drain? Removing the old one can be a real chore. Here are the three easiest options.

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Typically, you’d remove the drain with a drain wrench ($10 online; Photo 1) , but if the drain’s crossbars are gone, you’ll have to use a drain extractor ($20 online; Photo 2). If the drain is really old, sometimes even a drain extractor isn’t enough; you’ll first have to knock it loose using an old chisel to bite into the metal (Photo 3). Once the drain is loosened a bit, turn it the rest of the way with the drain extractor.

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Brad Holden
Brad Holden, an associate editor at The Family Handyman, has been building cabinets and furniture for 30 years. In that time, he has absorbed so many slivers and ingested so much sawdust that he's practically made of wood.