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    Water is leaking underneath the bathtub

    Hi,

    Every time water is running on the bathtub water used to build up underneath the bathtub (surrounding the overflow tube under the bathtub).

    Below what was done so far:
    - Removed the tub drain basket by unscrewing it.
    - Removed all the dirt in the tub drain basket by washing it.
    - Put back the tub drain basket and tightened it, wherein plumberís putty was put around the tub drain basket (thereís no putty at all initially)

    After doing all the above actions, still water is building up underneath the bathtub, although it helps a bit as the flow of water leaking below the bathtub had reduced.

    See attached pictures for additional information.

    Thanks!
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    between the tub and the brass drain elbow there should be a rubber gasket. plumber's putty is used between the basket and the tub [for a seal] use a drain wrench to tighten the basket. use of anything might be able to loosen the basket [i.e. two screwdrivers, handles of channel lock pliers etc.] but to tighten the basket a wrench made for the purpose should be used. big box stores have them. the thread on the basket is a straight, not tapered thread.

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    Actually it was the plumber himself who did the tightening and he used the right tool (wrench made for this purpose).

    Also to make sure that my understanding is correct, see attached picture/diagram wherein I need some clarifications..
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    what you have indicated is what's supposed to be there. the drain shoe is the brass elbow I'm talking about. I see the drawing shows a plier tip(s) engaging the basket's openings. while this will work, it will also bugger up the drain openings. a drain wrench fits into all four holes. it might help if you put a little vaseline jelly on the threads of the basket before you tighten everything up. this way there isn't a "dry fit" between the basket and its mating shoe threads.

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    Thanks a lot! I'll tell your suggestions to the plumber...

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    Tell the suggestions to the plumber ???????? a "plumber" shouldn't need suggestions for a simple repair. Is your plumber a licensed plumber ?
    Little about a lot and a lot about a little.
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    Yes the plumber is a licensed plumber which was sent by my warranty company (210)..

    And the plumber tried it again, wherein after cutting the tub shoe and replacing with a new one, there's no more leak under the tub drain hole but now the leak is in the junction between the tub shoe and the overflow tube (see attached picture).
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    from the looks of it he didn't use any adhesive between the overflow tee and the shoe fitting. "Licensed" plumber?? you got to be kidding!

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    Ofcourse the plumber put an adhesive (colorless glue), infact he even put first something (liquid thing with maroon color) which according to him it will push the one tube to another tube within the connector.

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    Hmmm........new one on me! Maroon color? Maybe a pvc solvent cleaner? As far as "pushing" one tube into the other, pvc solvents dissolve a bit of each fitting/tube then "weld" the joint together as the solvent evaporates. Get some of that "stop a leak" product from off the TV and apply it. A two part epoxy putty.

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