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Our Kohler bathtub is leaking water under the tub. We think the rubber ring in the drain needs to be replaced, but we have no idea how to remove the drain, or where to buy a new one, or how to install a new one. Help!

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The drain portion of your tube is fort he most part universal, go to the local Home Depot or Loews and ask some questions sometimes they even have samples set up on boards in the plumbing dept you can look at. Get out there! Good Luck

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