How does this thing work? Waste....written on top of the drain for this old footed tub?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

I've seen footed tubs lots of times.  Most of the time they've been fitted with new plumbing and the main attraction is the feet.  Sorta like this.

Footed old tub

But this old tub had plumbing that I didn't understand.  I just had to take a better shot at the fixtures.

antique tub fixture

Waste?  Why did that thing say waste and what did it do?  Looks like great old copper or brass fixtures that probably date back to the early 1900's.  I took another shot.

antique tub fixture

That's funny.  Activerain just turns my picture on the side? And I tried to put it on two times.  So turn your head sideways and see if you can explain to dumb little me why this thing that is supposed to be putting water in the tub says "Waste."

 

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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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Barbara, I love these old plumbing fixtures!  Waste must mean the funky dirty old water from washing the dog. 

Jun 14, 2011 03:46 PM #1
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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Barbara, very cool---looks to me like it is simply a tube in a tube---when you pull it up it lines up holes in the inner tube with the drain from the tub---allowing the tub to drain. 

Jun 14, 2011 03:50 PM #2
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Godmother,

Do not pull  that cap out. I is afraid what might be under there. And if you do take the tube out, do not puts it in your mouth.

Godson

Jun 14, 2011 04:41 PM #3
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

That's a jewel of a find, Barbara. That pipe with the waste labeled knob at the top is the waste overflow drain pipe.The drain is operated by adjusting the knob. It lifts and turns to stop the water or drain it. Essentially the way Charles described it. Here's a pic of one you can buy for your clawfoot tub.

 

Royal Duchess Clawfoot Tub Drain

Drain Pipe

 

 

Jun 15, 2011 02:58 AM #4
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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Barbara,

Nutsy gives good advice. Keep those parts out of your mouth.

Jun 15, 2011 03:23 AM #5
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Diane McDermott
Realtor®, GRI, Landis e2 Real Estate, LLC - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Real Estate Market

Barbara, what a neat find!  Definitely not a plumbing fixture I've ever come across before, at least not labeled in that way

Jun 15, 2011 08:33 AM #6
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Patricia, that's a good guess.  Or the cat??

Charles, that's also a good guess.  Better than I could guess anyhow.

Nutsy, best advice!!

Debbie, you are so creative!  Cowboy boots?  Yes!  And the old wainscotting or whatever they called it. 

Don, I almost put you in my title because I just knew you'd know how to use that thing.  You came through, as usual!

Steve, I think my godson needs more exposure in that picture.

Diane, we find all kinds of things. 

 

Jun 15, 2011 09:00 AM #7
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