DRAIN PAIN

Boating - - BOAT DOCTOR / Q&A -

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.

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