Completely OT – Tub drain stoppers / strainers – help?

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ejwme
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Just wanted to poll you guys to see your take on various bathtub drain stoppers/strainers. I’m replacing the drain basket in my tub, and need to pick some method of straining, stoppage, both, or neither.

Option 1: Plain basket w/rubber stopper on a chain. Pros: cheap, can use good removable/cleanable strainer. Cons: PITA to use.

Option 2: “Tip Toe” stopper (push down to stop and release). Pros: easy to use. Cons: won’t strain anything or fit with removable strainers out there (the reason I’m in this boat to begin with, it caused so many clogs an irate housemate ripped it out).

Option 3: “Lift & Turn” stopper. Pros: easy to use. Cons: I think same “strainer” problem as above.

Option 4: ?

The textured bottom of the tub precludes the flat rubber stoppers that “self suction” to the tub, as well as anything that uses suction cups. I’m praying that it’s a standard size because it’s new.

Ideally I’d like something that both strains AND stoppers in an easy to use, commercially off the shelf item I can install myself for $100 or less. But it looks like I must choose: strain or stopper (or old school rubber stopper PITA).

Any ideas?


Swalfoort
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I did away with my strainer unit all together (it was a PITA) when I discovered that 99 cent nylon “loofah” scrubs do the same thing…. So, I use the old plug type stopper when I need to store the water, then just drop the loofah in the tub near the drain when I need to empty the water. Catchs everything, and easy to clean. Cost is probably a little higher (lifetime) than a “in drain stopper” but I can pick these things up for 99 cents, and replace them every month or two without breaking the bank. It’s been working great when cleaning bird cages, and other really yucky stuff.


helen s
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http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=sink+strainer+stopper&hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=13579629897561217727&sa=X&ei=ZD00T6XoN8fh0QHq08WXAg&ved=0CHIQ8wIwAA#

A combo stopper/ strainer – but your textured tub bottom may be a problem. Works great in our sink though.


Aryn
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I used to use a piece of bike tube to stop water sometimes. I had a flat tub, though, and I can’t say it was excessively efficient even then, had to often be held till there was enough water above it to want to stay.


Marko82
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This dosent help much, but I like it.

http://www.perpetualkid.com/stuck-goldfish-bath-plug.aspx


ejwme
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Swalfoort – that is awesome use of loofa. Did you know it’s from the chinese okra plant, and you can grow them? I haven’t tried it yet, but if I get my act together for spring… Harvesting the seeds, you have loofas forever.

Helen – if the drain were the right diameter, that might work, but I think it’s too big.

Aryn – that’s what my husband did for a while to take baths when he was nursing some sore muscles. He used a small drinking glass to weigh it down. I’m hoping to “fix it” so we don’t have to any more :D

Marko, that stopper is awesome, and that entire site is awesome, thank you :D


edmonds59
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1.

The tip toe kind die after a while and they are a huge pain to replace so then you just take out the plug and use a stopper.

Love the goldfish plug.


Pierce
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I think a regular rubber stopper could be retrofitted to be less a PITA. Perhaps attach a stainless steel chain to it and then some kind of floating device?

Something like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Shoreline-Marine-Float-Color-vary/dp/B004LR9RW0/ref=pd_sim_sg_4

That would eliminate the annoyingness and trying to grab the chain from the bottom of the tub


ejwme
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the PITA aspect is more on the straining issue of the tub stopper – strainers need to be: 1) put in place, 2) cleaned out (ours is about once for every 3 minutes of showering), and 3) exchanged reliably for stopper when used for a bath.

It’d be much nicer if there existed a stopper/strainer combo that, true, needed to be removed to be cleaned but was a single unit.

I think I can’t have what I want. But the enthusiasm for the stopper/strainer combo from you guys indicates to me that it is not as huge a user turn off as I’d thought. It’s not what I’m used to, so I was worried that it would be a blemish in my otherwise almost-perfectly repaired bathroom :D

I grew up with the lever kind that looked like a flat strainer, and flipping the lever stoppered it with an invisible mechanism in the pipes. Strainer and stopper in one. But it requires a trip plate to be installed in the piping, something I’m not willing to do or pay to be done.

Another possibility is, and I haven’t looked to see if this is the case in my house, a cartridge/pot filter may already be installed in the piping. This was common in older houses. To empty it you go in through the access panel and take it apart. My access panel is inside our closet, which I just installed lovely organizational infrastructure in. The panel is accessible, but it’s cantankerous enough that emptying the filter on the required monthly basis is an unreasonable thing to expect to happen – if it exists at all (I suspect it does because of some of the strange clog behavior it’s exhibited). So theoretically the “strainer” exists and I’d only need the “stopper”, if this is the case. In that case, the lift/turn or standard stopper seem to be equally usable.

But HD didn’t have plain old drain baskets available in the store, only the lift/turn and tip toe baskets with coverplates (to replace the levered plate). So I’ll check Lowes and my local hardware stores this weekend.

Yinz guys are awesome, thank you :D


Pseudacris
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For straining, I highly recommend these: they are flexible, machine washable, have suction cups, and come 2 to a pack.

http://www.amazon.com/Slip-X-Solutions-Stop-A-Clog-Drain-Protectors/dp/B00314YBPM/ref=pd_sim_hi_1

[edit] also, if things get really clogged, you can buy a plastic tool at big hardware stores called “zip it clean.” works so well I nearly puked after seeing what came out. But, much better on your plumbing and the planet than those horrible chemicals.


Marko82
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Easy solution = full body wax (and that includes the dogs!)


ejwme
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ew. the stubble prospects alone are extremely frightening. I’m not sure I could inflict that amount of misery on the poor pooches. I can just imagine their sad little eyes looking up at me “but why do you do this?”

pseuda, that strainer + a low profile lift & turn were top on my list. Just not sure if it’d do for the dog hair.

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