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Old 08-27-2014, 04:14 PM   #11
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Ok, dumb question: what does it mean when you say it was cross-threaded? And what is the tub shoe?

(I'll need to know this for some future projects to avoid problems)

Also is there going to be more wood put under that tub where you can see the bottom of it?
I know its cosmetic, but for some reason I worry about the support. It looks like there are feet to support it that are just hanging in the air above the P-trap. I'm not sure if that is an issue or not though.
There are other feet. That tub has been in that position for 15-20 years or so.


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Old 08-28-2014, 12:40 AM   #12
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cross threading is when you dont thread a fitting properly and it gets threaded in at an angle. it happens alot with tubs because you are threading metal into plastic. john is referring to the strainer and shoe that mount to the bottom of the tub. once you cross thread the only thing you can do is start over.
Ohhh! Ok. Thank you. I will have to be careful of that if/when I install a new tub. If I'm understanding it correctly, I sometimes crossthread lids to my drinks (as well as jam jars) when I'm trying to put them back on. I somehow get them at an angle. I really need to find some exercises to do to improve my coordination and hand strength.

So, putting just the shoe on would make it easier to get it on straight-- since it will be a symmetrical shape, right? And then the pipes get hooked in...


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I just ended up redoing the whole thing and installed the shoe first as recommended. Seems to work alright. The only tricky part was was putting the To on the overflow and shoe extensions.

Thanks for the advice.

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Glad it worked out for you, Mike!



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