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Old 10-05-2008, 10:36 AM   #1
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This morning my bathtub drain broke. The switch you press to open the drain wasn't holding in place (Pressing it down to open the drain) so I pushed on it hard and it stopped giving me any resistance or opening the drain. I unscrewed the switching mechanism and the entire assembly just pulled right out.

As of now my bathtub is full of water and its stuck with the drain closed.

Is there anyway to fix this without calling a plumber?

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Old 10-05-2008, 11:00 AM   #2
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There is a rod that goes from the lever to the valve located at the drain.

If you get a flashlight and a needle nose pliers you might be able to look in the hole and see the rod. If you can get a hold of the rod and try to move it up or down, without forcing it, you can drain the tub.

If the rod is not visible then you have a more difficult fix and depending on your skill level will need some help.

In the mean time get a bucket and start bailing.

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The rod actually came out with the fixture. Theres a loop on the end of it, which I assume attaches to the drain?
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The rod actually came out with the fixture. Theres a loop on the end of it, which I assume attaches to the drain?
Yes it does.

If you can't get the rod reattached then you will more than likely have to access the end of the tub. This means going into walls and is a rough way to go if you are not good at home repairs.
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Yes it does.

If you can't get the rod reattached then you will more than likely have to access the end of the tub. This means going into walls and is a rough way to go if you are not good at home repairs.
Yikes. I'm not at home at the moment, but I'm thinking of getting a small mirror and flashlight and trying to get the rod back on. Would it slip on or would there be a screw / bolt on the drain?

Something so small like this is pretty complicated.
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