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SoonerDave
02-04-2013, 08:55 PM
While I'm generally a fairly confident and willing DIY-type, I'm afraid I'm looking at a project needing some "real" help!

In replacing the drain in my wife's bathtub (whirlpool tub), I've noticed that the drain shoe is no longer snugly mated to the bottom of the tub. The problem is that the tub is mortar-set to the floor and is essentially immovable, but the shoe area can (awkwardly) be accessed. I need some guidance on getting that shoe re-mated to the tub so I can screw the drain back in.

I either need some good advice, or a recommendation for a good plumber to get it fixed. Who knows, maybe getting a plumber IS the good advice :)

Thanks :)

MsDarkstar
02-04-2013, 10:41 PM
We recently had a pretty major sewer line blockage; what a horrible experience! I don't have the guys number on me right now but I'll post it tomorrow. We'll definitely use him again.

RadicalModerate
02-05-2013, 08:15 AM
Many times, a great sewer and drain guy is more of a specialist than a "plumber" . . .
Here are the names of two plumbers who might be able to teach Rick Trethewy (of 'this old house' fame) a thing or two.

Fred Kluck (Frederick W. Kluck Mechanical)
Schuler Enterprises (Russell Thorp, Owner)

I'm not positive that Mr. Kluck hasn't retired, but I'm also not sure that he has.
I know that Mr. Thorp's business is going strong.

If you can't find their respective numbers in the phone book or online, PM me and I will share them with you.

BBatesokc
02-05-2013, 02:51 PM
I started using Chad Douma, owner of Water Boys Plumbing, several years ago and its the first time I've felt I was dealing with an honest plumber that also gave great customer service. He even showed me how to fix some things myself to avoid a service charge and then didn't even charge for the time it took him to show me how to fix the items.

He's done work for my SE OKC home, my parent's condo in NW OKC and now my new home. Good guy.

Water Boys Plumbing
Chad Douma
405-735-3210

MsDarkstar
02-05-2013, 08:06 PM
Our guy is Mike Whitt (405) 693-4479. He's not "just" a drain & sewer guy, that just happens to be what we used him for.

RadicalModerate
02-05-2013, 11:05 PM
Thank You for correcting my selfish overall perception of the plumbing situation at hand.
I "sit" corrected. =) Thank you.

(on the other hand . . . i have never referred to an Expert Tradesperson as "my guy" eg. my lawn guy, my roof guy, etc . . . jist sayin' =)

So . . . SoonerDave/OP . . . any help here?

SoonerDave
02-06-2013, 08:16 AM
Thanks everyone for all the great recommendations! I've made one more effort to re-seat the drain basket myself, to no avail. I've had one thought to contact the tub manufacturer to see if perhaps there's a special/unique drain ring or locking collar unique to their tubs that a "regular" drain wouldn't accommodate properly, and failing that I'll probably choose from some of the folks listed here to get it resolved. One way or the other, my wife wants her tub back :)

Thanks again, everyone. I'll post back here with the results.

SoonerDave
02-11-2013, 12:01 PM
Hey, just to put a bit of closure on this thread, I thought I would mention that one final, angry effort at solving this problem myself proved very worthwhile.

I tore into the drain under this tub, pulled the whole thing out, and discovered that the threads in the drain shoe had been hopelessly scored and damaged by my prior drain replacement efforts. I bought a new overflow/shoe drain kit, got it installed, and the tub is now watertight and useful once again.

Strike one for the honeydoers and fellow DIYers! :)

And props to the plumbing guy at Lowe's who knew his stuff and helped point me in the right direction of what parts I needed. His kind efforts probably turned a $300+ plumbing bill into about $45 in parts, tools, gaskets, and supplies.

BBatesokc
02-11-2013, 12:05 PM
Hey, just to put a bit of closure on this thread, I thought I would mention that one final, angry effort at solving this problem myself proved very worthwhile.

I tore into the drain under this tub, pulled the whole thing out, and discovered that the threads in the drain shoe had been hopelessly scored and damaged by my prior drain replacement efforts. I bought a new overflow/shoe drain kit, got it installed, and the tub is now watertight and useful once again.

Strike one for the honeydoers and fellow DIYers! :)

And props to the plumbing guy at Lowe's who knew his stuff and helped point me in the right direction of what parts I needed. His kind efforts probably turned a $300+ plumbing bill into about $45 in parts, tools, gaskets, and supplies.

Excellent! My wife forbid me to tackle DIY plumbing issues after I flooded the kitchen years ago (who knew the $.08 screw holding the hot water sink faucet in place was holding back a kitchen full of water!)

Speaking of plumbers.... I had to call Water Boys last week because our new home's hot water tank is shot and not up to code. Chad gave me a very good quote to replace it, bring it up to code and fix two other issues in the kitchen - to be completed this week.

SoonerDave
02-11-2013, 12:24 PM
Excellent! My wife forbid me to tackle DIY plumbing issues after I flooded the kitchen years ago (who knew the $.08 screw holding the hot water sink faucet in place was holding back a kitchen full of water!)


Hey, dude, that's major man-card points :) LOL!!! Must admit, tho, that's PRECISELY why the first thing I did when I saw the tub faucet leaking UNDER the tub was to go STRAIGHT to the kitchen and turn the master water cut-off. Wasn't ABOUT to go down THAT hideous road :)

BBatesokc
11-10-2013, 04:53 AM
Just throwing this out there..... Had to get a plumber for a draining issue in the master bathroom of a rent house I own. Thought it would be an after hours job so I went with 'All Hours Plumbing' since my normal plumber usually does larger jobs and can take a day or two to work you into his schedule.

Anyway, had a terrible experience with All Hours Plumbing. Didn't arrive when they said they would, arrived without industry standard tools for the job (a snake suitable for an exterior clean out) then charged more than the agreed price without getting prior approval as they had previously agreed.

Will not use again. I suggest you avoid them unless you want the same experience. Going back to my favorite plumber for ALL plumbing jobs.