Rated 3.7 out of 5Â by 17
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by MadameIsDecent Love it, but maintenance is tricky the first time.
I ordered this drain to pair with a new 19 in deep soaking tub and had it professionally installed by a plumber. The plumber had no trouble installing it, even though the tub is slightly curved where the overflow attachment is completely flat.
The plug is a basic pop up plug, but unlike cheaper models, it does not easily come free from the drain or wobble around when when it's in the up position.
The overflow inlet is at the bottom of the chrome overflow cover, but behind the cover is a plastic fitting that blocks off the bottom 2/3 of the drain -- the plastic fitting is bowed out by maybe 1/4 inch so it does not impede the flow of water.
The chrome parts are chromed plastic. It doesn't look cheap, but you have to be careful removing the overflow cover so as not to notch it with your tools and the chromed drain cover will probably break eventually -- this is the reason that it's not worth 5 stars to me, but I guess you get what you pay for.
This drain absolutely does what it says. But in retrospect, we probably could have done without it. As it is, if we plug the tub and run the water until it goes down the overflow, this drain brings the water level to within 1/4 inch of the edge of the tub. Which means that you can't just leave it running and then get into the tub because the water displacement would flood the floor. I'm not in the habit of running the water until it overflows, so for us this drain is like pretty much like not having an overflow hole.
On the bright side, I can now fill the tub way up without having to listen to water trickling down the overflow every time I reach for my cup of tea.
We've had this drain for about three months now and it just clogged for the first time yesterday (I cut my husband's hair and he tried to wash it down the drain). There aren't any clear instructions that I could find online for how to clean the drain, but I'm here to tell you that rotating the chrome plug counter clockwise will eventually work.
There are three different parts that you can unscrew when you rotate counter-clockwise: 1 is the bolt that holds the plug assembly fixed into the drain, 2 is the spring assembly to force the plug up when you push down on it, and 3 is the chrome/plastic cap that you push down on to plug/unplug the drain. Directly under the chrome cap is a brass fitting which is notched for a flat head screw driver that you can use to unscrew or tighten down the plug assembly easily once the cap is off.
However, the parts rotate freely when they're assembled so it took some combination of pushing down and rotating counter-clockwise and pulling up and rotating counter clockwise to get the plug assembly to eventually come free of the drain. Once it was free it was easy to clean out.
After I got the plug assembly out of the drain, I made sure to loosen the chrome cap from the plug assembly (it arrived very tightly screwed on) so that it will be easy to unscrew to get access to the brass fitting for future maintenance.
If you plan to install this drain, I highly suggest that you learn how to free the plug assembly from the drain and loosen up the chrome cap before installing it. It'll save you 20 minutes of twiddling it around in two inches of backed up shower water.
April 2, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Tubby4 not a drain on your pocket!
Great design, value for your deep soaker tub. The pop up drain stopper my favorite.
December 23, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0Â by JRFsomers Cheap plastic
I bought this drain for an American Standard Americast deep tub. I was surprised to see the drain pipes are all plastic, and not very sturdy plastic at that. It was also rather expensive relative to other drains from name-brand companies. Unfortunately, this seems to be one of the only drains (only one I could find) with enough vertical extension for a deeper tub. Instead, I bought a much higher quality brass drain for a regular tub, substituted a longer vertical pipe from the local hardware store, and got a much higher quality drain that I have confidence in.
August 7, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0Â by Timbo Where's the brass
Spent alot of money to get the correct drain for my new tub. Description says brass construction. What arrived is ABS plastic.
June 1, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0Â by raymee PARTS N/A OR OUTRAGOUS PRICE
INSTALLED ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO. TOP TAPPER DRAIN SEAL DETERIORATED & LEAKS. TOLD I HADE TO PURCHASE ASSEMBLY FOR $50+ DOLLARS W/SHIPPING. I ONLY NEED THE SEAL.
January 2, 2015