An overflow plate on the bathtub is a safety feature which allows water to drain back through the drainpipe rather than spill over the side of the tub in the event it should overflow. Replacing the overflow plate is easier than you think, and a great way to update the look of your bathtub. If your overflow plate and bathtub stopper are showing signs of wear and tear, replacing them both together in a beautiful matching finish is a quick and easy way to give your bathtub a brand-new look.
How to Remove an Existing Bathtub Overflow Plate
Some overflow plates are attached with two visible screws and are fairly similar to remove with a screwdriver. You may have a plunger or pop-up style of tub stopper, these are controlled through a lever which protrudes through the overflow plate. The lever controls a linking mechanism which controls the tub stopper by raising or lowering the lever. When removing this type of overflow plate, be aware that you will also be pulling out the attached stopper and linking arms.
In this case, have a small bucket and a rag handy to keep any grimy mess off of the bathtub. Newer products such as the Watco Innovator Snap-On tub overflow plate and the SimpliQuick® Tub Fix stopper are now available which make installation a breeze. These innovative bathtub repair products allow the do-it-yourself homeowner to literally install a new overflow plate and tub stopper in minutes.
Installing a Snap-On Tub Overflow Plate
The Innovator Snap-On bathtub overflow plate is easy to install with a black retainer nut and adapter bar included. You should use the existing bolt or bolts to secure the retainer nut behind the H bar adapter and use the existing H bar adapter if you have a one hole, two hole or trip lever overflow plate. After securing the retainer nut, simply snap on the Innovator overflow plate with the opening at the bottom.
Replace your existing bathtub stopper with the SimpliQuick® Tub Fix trim kit for a matching overflow plate and push pull stopper with a mesh grid drain cover. This is the quickest and easiest way to replace corroded or broken bathtub fixtures and give your tub a shiny, brand-new look. These innovative tub fix products from Watco are beautiful and functional, designed for long lasting durability and easy installation.
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