How to replace a bath tub waste and
overflow trip lever, with a new Gerber
brass trip lever waste and overflow
assembly. There are many different
scenarios that you may run in to, that
may be much more difficult then the
example I will be showing on this page.
For example, if your tub drain waste and
overflow is on a slab, or not accessible
from underneath, or below the bath tub,
you would need to open a wall behind the
tub waste and overflow to gain access to
the trip lever tub waste assembly. The
following instructions will help you
remove and replace your bathtub trip
lever waste and overflow with a brass
Gerber trip lever waste, from underneath
the tub. NOTE: Click on any Image to see
a larger Image Note: If you aren't
experienced, it is often better and
safer to find an affordable plumber to
complete the job for you.
is what I found when I started, silicone
the homeowners best friend, if it does
not work, just keep packing it on. Any
way remove the 2 screws
trip lever cover removed, this one did
not have any linkage or stopper in it,
it was long gone, some handy man may
have taken it out.
the trip lever plate removed there is
nothing holding the overflow assembly to
the bathtub, some handyman may have used
silicone to stop a leak instead of just
replacing the washer.
|The next step is to
remove the drain plug or spud from the
bottom, there is a tool made to remove
the spud but I never used one, a good
pair of Channel locks and a screwdriver
has always worked for me.
||Just put the channel
locks into the spud, put the screwdriver
between the handles and turn
counterclockwise, or to the left if you
don't know how to read a clock.
||Sometimes the tub drain
is so old it will not turn and will have
to be cut off, this can be a real pain
and you could damage the bathtub beyond
repair. If you cannot get it to turn
|This is a picture of
the tub trap under the tub, you can see
the old tub waste connected to the
bottom of the tub on top, the connection
of this trap to the main drain is not up
to code, but it's an old house.
||This is a picture of
the old bath tub waste and overflow from
the bottom up the inside of the wall.
Remember you can click on the image to
see a larger one.
||In this case I was able
to loosen the nuts and remove the trap U
bend from under the old tub waste with
no trouble, sometimes the nuts will not
move or will break, sometimes it is
soldered and cannot be removed, this can
make the job more difficult, you may
need to cut the old waste to remove it.
|Once I removed the old
waste I saved it whole because I will
need it to set up the new one. With the
old waste and overflow removed you will
need to clean the port holes, do the
best you can, some very old stains just
cannot be removed.
||In this picture you can
see the stains I was not able to clean.
But it is now ready for the new Gerber
Waste and overflow to be installed.
||I personally prefer
Gerber brass tub waste and overflow with
a trip lever assembly, This is it new in
the box with all the parts I need. I do
not like any type of plastic waste and
overflow assemblies and will not use
them. To save yourself allot of time and
trouble, use the old tub drain assemble
as a template to set up the new one. the
new tub waste is adjustable and can fit
a verity of tubs, some tubs are extra
deep and you will need to get a Gerber
Tub waste to fit a larger or deeper
First I lay the new Gerber tee over the
old tee, notice the tees are different,
this is not a problem because what needs
to line up are the drain shoe and the
overflow stand pipe.
the tee set with the overflow inlet
sitting in alignment with the old
overflow inlet put the nut and washer on
the overflow, (the fitting in my hand is
the overflow) then line it up with the
old overflow, the tee is a slip joint
and you can push the overflow tube in or
out till it lines up exactly as the old
one. In some cases you may need to cut
the tubing at the end of the overflow to
make it fit.
you have the over flow tube lined up
with the old overflow inlet screw the
nut to the tee and tighten the nut.
the nut snug enough, so that the tube
will not slip in and out of the tee if
you hold the assemble from the overflow
pipe. check this again after you have
added the shoe and the tail piece, we
will tighten more before we slide it up
under the bathtub.
do the same with the shoe (the fitting
in my hand is the shoe) Don't forget to
install the nut and the rubber washer,
(no you will not need to use Teflon tape
on the threads or over the rubber
washer. Some pipe dope on the washer
you need to look very close make sure
the center of the overflow tube lines up
with the old overflow with the top of
the old and new shoes even with each
other, you may need to readjust the new
overflow tube because of the deference
in the shape of the shoes.
Continue to page 2 of Gerber tub drain
|By Thomas Reardon