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, youd remove the drain with a drain wrench ($10 online; Photo 1) , but if the drains crossbars are gone, youll have to use a drain extractor ($20 online; Photo 2). If the drain is really old, sometimes even a drain extractor isnt enough; youll 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.