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Old 01-19-2009, 08:17 AM   #1
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Adjustment on tub drain stopper


Sorry for the terminology, not sure what they are called, I have two tubs and both use a small "lever" mounted on the end of the tub to stop the water to fill the tub. Up is stopped, down is to let the water out. Hope you all know which Im talking about.....

Anyway, my question is, is there any adjustment on these? Mine feel "springy" and unless you hold it down or have something weighting it down, it doesnt go down all the way and the water doesnt go out when taking showers etc.

If you CAN adjust, is there any place to point me to direct me how?

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Old 01-19-2009, 10:15 AM   #2
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The overflow and trip mechanism is located in a tube behind the faceplate on the end of the tub. If you remove the two screws holding the plate on, you can remove the stopper mechanism. It is normally a linkage made of heavy wire. Carefully pull the whole thing out through the hole under the cover. Most likely you will find a bunch of crud on the stopper which is jamming up when you put the trip lever to the drain position. Clean it off and reinstall. While you have it out, you may want to attach a cloth onto a wire coat hanger and try to swab out the tube (much like cleaning a gun barrel). If you go to somewhere that sells these mechanisms, you can see how they operate.

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Sounds good, thank you for the tip. Im assuming there is no way to access this from the back panel where I access the pipes? I'll go to a hardware or plumbing supply and take a look at a new one and see what they look like first.

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Since the stopper is inside a tube, the only way to service it from an access hole would still require removing the linkage from the tub area first. Disassembling the tube may also cause damage that would require replacing the whole overflow and drain tubing. You will see what I mean when you look at the system at a store. Some are one piece and do not allow you to take them apart.
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