Old Crane fixtures
ah, gotta love 'em. I've worked on a few of the old Crane lav sink/faucet combos before, mostly just replace the Dialeze cartridges. But today I had a good one. Leak under a bathtub on the second floor. And I've not seen this, its a Crane Accesso waste overflow. Its installed in an alcove, and, there was a 6" cover (looked like a cleanout cover) on the wall. I got it off, and, wedge myself in between the toilet and the hole, and had the homeowner run some water. I checked the drain, and then had him splash some water around the overflow. there was a leak there, a pretty good one. I managed to get the overflow plate off and pulled out the trip lever, which is actually a weighted rod, and, the gasket was toast. Looked like a leather gasket. Oh, these overflows don't have the two screws, they have notches, kinda like a toilet spud. My plastic Flushmate tool worked perfect for it!! All I had was the beveled overflow gaskets (the spnge ones.) I slipped it in, and I pushed on the overflow while the homeowner got it started. It WORKED! We filled the tub all the way up to overflow, and, no more leak, there. Doh. The washer below the drain is also leaking, verified with my See Snake. Now these drains don't have a cross in them, they have two grooves for some tool I don't own. I love challenges like this, and I stopped then and there to let the cusotmer know I need to research if there is even a tool still available. Well, after some research, the tubs are just like the sinks. A regular waste and overflow will not work. I cannot break that drain or the shoe. Any of you guys ever pulled out one of these? If need be, I can measure the groove with my micrometer thingee, and make a tool with the plasma cutter at work. Customer is prepared to bail on it if it fails, and remodel it, which will also be a pain because its cast iron tub, second floor, etc. Not impossible, just, hard. Anyway, homeowner wants to keep the old stuff, historic area house, etc....