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Old 06-18-2014, 07:35 AM  
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plumber advice needed

I bought one of those corner air bubbler tubs, and on blind faith of the home depot guy, bought the drain kit he recommended. His drain kit recommendation was horse shit. I'm beyond the return period so I'll just eat that one, but I don't want to buy another crap drain.

Any recommendations on a brand/model of a drain?

This is the drain I bought http://www.homedepot.com/p/Watts-Pla...-ORB/100677390

I think it could actually be ok if a few things were different. The first problem is, the stopper uses gravity, so it takes a fair amount of water in the tub for it to seal. It only sets in the base of the drain, but had it screwed in, turning the dial at the overflow would have pulled it down snug...but that's not the case. So, giving the baby a bath in this is not an option, unless we want to give him a snorkel.

Eh, in any case, does anybody know any non-super expensive drain kits that are pretty decent options for this?
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Old 06-18-2014, 07:39 AM   #2
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Old 06-18-2014, 07:51 AM   #3
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here or hear?

Eh, either way, first door on the right. The wife is in there. Good luck.
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:26 AM   #4
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:43 AM   #5
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:17 AM   #6
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so no actual recommendations on a decent drain kit?
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:34 AM   #7
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Is the mechanism not sensitive enough? Seems the weight of the water should force the drain closed after the water covers the drain. Is there a setting for amount of water pressure it takes?

Myself I use the old rubber plug method as my old tub the mechanical stopper broke long ago.

Id call the manufacturers hotline see if they can help ya.
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:43 AM   #9
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:51 AM   #10
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They sell a drain with a stopper that you lift and turn to lock/unlock it in place. That should work unless I'm misunderstanding the question.
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Also they have the push to open/close variety if you don't want the knob on the drain.
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:54 AM   #13
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Is the mechanism not sensitive enough? Seems the weight of the water should force the drain closed after the water covers the drain. Is there a setting for amount of water pressure it takes?

Myself I use the old rubber plug method as my old tub the mechanical stopper broke long ago.

Id call the manufacturers hotline see if they can help ya.
Its sensitive enough, and turning the dial at the overflow will raise/lower the drain stopper fine. But, since the drain stopper really only sets into the mechanism and not actually being attached, when you lower it all the way down, the rubber gasket really only touches the tub bottom and isn't snugged down. So, with a few inches of water, it will eventually trickle out. It really does take a fair amount of water to actually put enough weight to make a good seal. And I may simply be forced to go that route. Just pull the crappy little stopper out, and use an old rubber plug of some type unless I replace the entire drain kit, which at this point I'm ok with doing.

Unfortunately, the manufactur isn't much help. Its a Watts brand drain, so from what I can tell its a good brand. (original post has link to it) Down side is, after a little research, this particular model is some China made crap that I haven't even had much luck finding on their website. Home Depot sells it though. Reviews online basically confirm the exact same issues I'm seeing.
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Old 06-18-2014, 11:00 AM   #14
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They sell a drain with a stopper that you lift and turn to lock/unlock it in place. That should work unless I'm misunderstanding the question.
That's probably my fall back option if I can't find a good drain kit at a reasonable price.
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Old 06-18-2014, 11:02 AM   #15
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Id replace it with a tried and true model

American Standard, Delta, Moen are some that I trust but I have never replace my tub drain.

Sound like you need to.
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