Q: I stripped my brass drain plug while installing it. How can I remove the drain plug and rethread the drain?
Michael Bale Columbia, South Carolina
A: Michael, you may be able to remove the plug and run a thread tap through the drain to clean up the threads. However, I recommend simply purchasing an entirely new drain-plug assembly. Remove the old one and bed the new fitting in a polyurethane adhesive sealant. There’s no sense in having to second-guess such a simple yet critical boat fixture.