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MH REPAIR: Replacing or Repairing a Bathtub Drain
Fri 06/25/04 10:48:18 pm
by Mark Bower

Whether you are installing a new tub or shower, or replacing the drain on your old unit, here's what’s required in many manufactured home tubs. This type of drain is for most all showers and tubs without an overflow. An overflow in a bathtub is an opening between the drain and spout which would allow the water to escape if the tub is filled too full. If you don't have that overflow, this is the drain you need.

When purchasing the tub and shower drain kit, but sure it includes all pieces as shown in the illustration..

Installation Instructions

Step 1 - Install pop-up drain into tub
A) Remove nut and rubber washer from pop-drain.
B) Apply a bead of plumber's putty under the rim.
C) Set pop-drain into hole of tub or shower.
D) Slide on rubber washer. Note that the rubber washer goes underneath the tub floor.
E) Screw on nut and tighten. You may have to hold the drain from turning while you tighten. Don't overtighten. F) Scrape off any plumber's putty that squeezed out around the drain inside the tub.

Step 2 - Test-Fit the Drain.
A) Slip swivel connector inside P-trap.
B) Slip female end of the p-trap 90 degree elbow onto the drain pipe.
C) Screw big swivel nut of p-trap onto the 90 degree elbow.
D) Screw swivel connector to drain.

If all pieces fit well, remove for gluing. If pieces seem short, you may need to add onto the drain pipe, or shorten up the base of the swivel connector. Once proper fit is made, permanently install the drain.

Step 3 - Install Drain Permanently.
A) Glue swivel connector to P-trap by applying all purpose cement to both the base of the swivel connector and the inside lip of the P-trap. Immediately slip base of swivel connector inside the p-trap, spin 1/4 of a turn, and hold for 1 minute.

B) Glue the 90 degree elbow of the p-trap to the drain line. Apply glue the same way as in step A, but be sure the adapter is positioned exactly as needed on the drain pipe (i.e. -- normally that position is straight down. One tip is to mark its exact location before you removed it from the test-fit steps.)

C) Screw swivel connector to pop-up drain ensuring that the rubber washer is inside. Don't tighten just yet.

D) Screw big nut of P-trap to the P-trap's 90 degree elbow. Tighten nut.

E) Tight nut on swivel connector at the pop-up drain. Don't overtighten.

F) Check for leaks.

Installation Notes

* The swivel connector will not normally thread onto pop-up drains found in home improvement stores.

* The swivel nut of this P-trap should thread onto the 90 degree elbow of your existing p-trap. If so, don't cut-off the old elbow if in good shape. P-traps found in regular home improvement stores most likely won’t interchange with the p-traps found in manufactured homes.

Mark Bower owns Aberdeen Mobile Home Repair and is the author of "The Manual for Manufactured/Mobile Home Repair and Upgrade" available on this website.

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“Every winter my roof leaked around the swamp cooler.  We even had a couple mobile home repairmen out to seal it.  Nothing worked and this went on for 5 years,” said Maureen of Elko, Nevada.   “Then last summer I ordered The Manual and it suggested I use neoprene to seal the leak.  Since then I’ve had no leaks at all!”

Maureen is referring to The Manual for Manufactured/Mobile Home Repair and Upgrade by Mark Bower.  Most just dub it The Manual.  Bower owns and operates Aberdeen Mobile Home Repair in Aberdeen, South Dakota. 

Maureen isn’t alone.  Hundreds of others have written to Bower sharing similar stories of how The Manual has solved their problems.  Esther of St. Louis, Missouri, writes,  We had squeaky floors in the living room and without The Manual, I would have had my husband tear out the floors and put in new ones.  What a lifesaver!”

Bower enjoys the letters he receives regarding his manual. “I wrote this manual from experience,” says Bower. “I’m not just some guy with his feet up on the desk – I’m out in the field every day doing what I write.”

Tom of Lansing, Michigan, followed the simple instructions on installing a shut-off valve and saved $75 on a service call.  Mary of Churdan, Iowa, writes to say she uses the manual to keep the repair guys she hires honest, “When I had my home releveled, I sent two different contractors packing because I knew they weren’t doing the job right.  This manual has literally saved me hundreds of dollars!” 

Bower has updated his manual for 2004.  More information was added regarding additions and porches.  “We added details on attaching porches so they don’t leak even if they shift with the seasons.” says Bower.  With high energy prices now upon us, Bower says he’s also included a section on building a solar heating panel.  “Find an old sliding glass door and you can build one for under $100,” says Bower who built two panels for his own 1800 square foot manufactured home.  “You’d be surprised at how much heat they create when the sun is shining.”

David of Lake McConaughy, Nebraska, says The Manual should be called, The Mobile Home Bible. Dave writes, “I wish I had your manual when we had our 1965 Star.  It would have saved me WEEKS of work!” 

Vicki of Ocala, Florida, bought Bower’s manual because it had instructions for installing a metal roofover.  “My son and husband had the roof up in 2 days from start to finish,” says Vicki. “The 4 inch overhang is awesome – no more water running down the siding. Great roof, great instructions, I love it!”

The Manual also helped Pam from Duluth, Minnesota, replace her skirting and repair her underbelly. “It gave me the courage to tackle these projects,” writes Pam. “ I saved a lot of money by being able to do it myself.”

Bower says many manufactured home owners are do-it-yourselfers, and he’s glad to be able to provide them a tool, The Manual, to help them do more.

Get The Manual Now!

Mark Bower can be reached at [email protected] 


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