STAND­ING WASTE TUB FILLERS

Old House Journal - - Restore -

Orig­i­nal stand­ing waste tub fillers are con­sid­ered ob­so­lete be­cause they don’t meet mod­ern plumb­ing codes in terms of wa­ter flow and waste dis­posal. They’re also prone to leaks and other dam­age that makes them dif­fi­cult to re­pair.

A few bath-sal­vage spe­cial­ists will re­store vin­tage stand­ing waste drains. The ser­vice isn’t cheap, but it’s less than the cost of a re­place­ment tower fix­ture. Bath­room Machiner­ies, for in­stance, takes the en­tire assem­bly apart and in­spects it for cracks, breaks, and wear. Ev­ery piece is cleaned and sand­blasted; ir­repara­ble parts are ma­chined new. All parts are then pol­ished and ei­ther lac­quered or freshly re­plated. The en­tire fix­ture is then re­assem­bled with new seals and gas­kets, then wa­ter tested.

If the waste is too far gone for re­pair (or too dis­tant from a good re­storer), there are now sources for re­place­ments that not only meet code, but also are ma­chined to fit the ex­ist­ing holes in the tub, which vary ac­cord­ing to the orig­i­nal man­u­fac­turer.

A re­pro­duc­tion stand­ing waste tower fix­ture from Sign of the Crab func­tions per­fectly and fits all the right open­ings in a vin­tage tub.

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