Does you bath tub drain stopper leak ? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Run an overnight leakage test now if you intend to store water in your bath tub. I found I lost half of the 30 gallons in 24 hours.

My tub stopper works off of a lever I flip up. Does anyone know of a sure proff fix or gadget for this sort of stopper mechanism ?

As a backup I will fill 50 gallon FDA approved plastic bags. Do not use garbage bags because they are coated with an anti-vermin residue. I spent $70 to buy a box of 100 3 mill 50 gallon bags from US Plastic Corp. (I have no affiliation with them - just a satisfied customer). I bought the bags through their web site at

Thanks Ron Sander 1-410-647-6655

Note thet us plastic is singular - not plural.

-- Ron Sander (, August 09, 1999


really, an anti-vermin residue?

-- tell it to DC (plastic@plug.rats), August 09, 1999.


Could you caulk a rubber stopper over the drain?

-- flora (***@__._), August 09, 1999.

Somehow I seem to hear that sucking noise but,...

The idea of attempting to store water for anything other than immediate use or transfer to another vessel is much less than desirable. But if you find yourself in a jam and your stopper leaks, the simplest and cheapest way to stop the loss is with a small piece of celophane. Cut it twice the size of the drain, shape does not matter, and place it over the open drain. The water pressure will hold it in place. We used a rubber version of the flat stopper described above when I was growing up for the dish sink. Rubber stoppers for the tub. Awww, the old claw foot, I miss the leg room!!

Now for that sucking noise. If you have 5000 gal storage availablity with your bags, why are you thinking of using your bathtub?? Just curious.

PS. What is your title at US Plastic (singular)?

-- Michael (, August 09, 1999.

Duct tape !

-- Yan (, August 09, 1999.

Ron, port your question over to the Prep Forum; you'll get more helpful responses.

TB2K Preparation Forum

-- Ashton & Leska in Cascadia (, August 09, 1999.

If you lived in hurricane country you would know that the Red Cross and local governments ALWAYS recommend you fill up the bathtub and washing machine with water as a storm approaches. If someone wants to store water at rollover, a bathtub is a convenient place to put some, especially if it's freezing outside. Water weighs a ton and containers often leak--we're going to be storing most of ours under the house, with room left in the bottles for freezing, and some in the house for convenience (kinda like firewood).

After reading this thread, I think I'll invest in a couple of rubber stoppers for the bathtubs and sinks; don't cost much, cheap insurance.

BTW, our water department has serious problems already, nothing to do with Y2K; I don't trust our water supply today, let alone next year.

-- Old Git (, August 09, 1999.

Thanks for your useful helpful suggestions on how to better plug my bathtub drain to prevent lwater eakage.

I bought 100 50 gallon bags - many of which I have already given to relatives and neighbors in hopes that they will also prepare for Y2K.

I'll store water in the bathtub because it is next to the toilet my family will use and I want to minimize the effort and spillage of carrying pails of water up through my home from my main water storage area: my garage with 8 plastic bag lined 45 gallon Rubbermaid garbage cans (for drinking) and my grandson's 500 gallon wading pool (for washing,etc.). I am glad I am on a septic system instead of public sewage.

My title at US Plastic Corp is "satified e-commerce customer"

Thanks guys,


-- Ron Sander (, August 10, 1999.

Good answers Ron. I too am a satisfied customer of U.S. Plastics.

BTW, don't mind Mikey. He's good people. I've been known to jump on an unfamiliar poster who happens to plug a vendor. The regulars on this board have been pretty diligent at holding one-and-done advertisers at bay. Keeps what little credibility TB2000 has, intact.

Best Wishes,

-- Bingo1 (, August 10, 1999.

Old Git,

Get a tube of silicone caulk to go with your stoppers, they usually leak slowly. I know it sounds like a mess to clean up afterwards, so maybe pick up some single edged razor blades while you're at it!

Best of luck

-- flora (***@__._), August 11, 1999.

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