How do I disconnect my shower drain?
I've got a bathtub/shower that drains incredibly slowly. I've tried what's suggested here to no avail. Fortunately I'm able to get to the plumbing, but some of it's quite rusted and I can't seem to get it apart. Here's the entire contraption:
And here it is after successfully removing what looks like an overflow pipe (that actually isn't going anywhere anymore):
The above photos are two different angles of the same thing.
Any suggestions on how to get this contraption apart so I can clean the trap?
I was able to cut out the old cast iron trap with a sawzall:
It's a wonder that things drained at all:
However, there wasn't enough room to fit a flexible trap back in. I was able to put in a 90 degree elbow with flexible 1 1/2" pipe, but the elbow plus the flexible trap is far too large to fit into the available space. Is it ok to not have a trap, or do I need to figure out how to get a trap added back in? I do now have a mesh screen in the tub that I'd assume will catch hair and any other large items and prevent them from going down the drain. Any thoughts from plumbing experts?
Is this a good question?