I just updated my bathtub/shower fixtures from chrome to oil rubbed bronze. The problem is the drain cover. I have what looks to be a simple kind where the drain plug screws into the drain hole. It's the chrome piece inside the tub that I want changed, the pipe itself drains fine.

The plumber said I need a special tool, and if he does it he will charge me $277.00! How hard can it be? He already charged me $204.00 just to replace the spout where the water flows into the tub. (the original copper pipe was about 2 inches too short). It took him less than 10 minutes to do.