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Old 01-22-2011, 04:35 PM   #1
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I have a slow draining bathtub. It's a 15 year old home which I just bought. I assume the drain is plugged with hair and other "glop". The drain has one of those metal stoppers. How do I get the stopper out to be able to get to the drain??
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Is the drain actuator a lever in the overflow port at the head end of the tub or is it a twist and drop in the drain it self? The lever at the head end of the tub can be removed easily by removing two or three screws at the handle and then loosening another two underneath the cover plate. then the lift mechanism can be removed usually with the huge hair ball wrapped around it. The twist and drop is a different animal and should be left to a plumber (lucky, lucky boys) because it requires disassembling the drain in the bottom of the tub -without removing the tub- and rodding from there to the TEE in the overflow. Then the drain has to be reassembled and resealed so the tub won't leak. OR you could VERY CAREFULLY pour some KA-BOOM (plumbers drain cleaner) down the drain in the tub, open the window to let outside air into the room, get out of the room, close the door behind you and go drink beer for half an hour. Then go back in and run HOT not cold water down the drain. The plug will be gone.

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Pour Pequa down the drain when you go to bed and flush it in the morning.
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But I gotta take a pee during the night ! !
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But I gotta take a pee during the night ! !
Try peeing in the toilet, not the tub.
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OOOPS! I got my threads mixed up! Thanks Ron. I've got such a case of CRS!
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The twist and drop is a different animal and should be left to a plumber (lucky, lucky boys) because it requires disassembling the drain in the bottom of the tub -without removing the tub- and rodding from there to the TEE in the overflow
Actually a lift 'n turn is no different than a trip lever waste. Either way, just remove the cover plate for the overflow, and cable the drain from there. No "lucky, lucky boys" needed.

If it's a trip lever, it could be as you mentioned the stopper just covered with hair, soap scum, etc. It may also simply need adjustment.

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Take needle nose pliers, put them into the drain and pinch as much hair as you can, DO NOT PULL YET, twist the pliers like you are eating spaghetti and if it is hair you will be able to pull the hair out in a large clump after a significant amount wraps around the pliers.



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Old 01-23-2011, 05:26 PM   #9
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You may be able to use one of the "zipper" type cleaning thingy's sold in plumbing at the apron stores. They will get into some mighty small places and into the drain itself.

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