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Old 10-10-2011, 10:58 PM   #1
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I hear that your everyday "Draino" can be hard on the pipes. My drain is a push type to open and close it, so i don't know how to get past it to dig in and clear it out. So what's the norm' on these things?
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I'm assuming you're talking about a tub.

Chances are that it's hair clogging the drain just below the stopper, and not a problem with the line itself, especially if it's new construction.

can you find a picture of your style of stopper so that we can tell you how to remove the stopper to get access to the hair?

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P.S. do not use any liquid unclogging products.

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Old 10-11-2011, 12:04 AM   #3
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Here's the drain. You just push it down to close it, and push it down to open it back up. While I'm at it, I'm also wondering how to tighten my handle too. There's an allen screw that doesn't seem to do anything whether I tighten it or lossen it. Can anyone help with that too?
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Do not use any CAUSTIC drain cleaners like Drano. They can harm the fixture, your skin, eyes, etc.
However, you can use a liquid ENZYME-based drain cleaner such as DrainCare (Roto-Rooter sells a good one too) that will not harm the fixture, pipes or you, but it WILL eat out organic gunk like soap scum, body oils, grease, hair, etc.
All that you need to do is run warm water and then pour in the recommended amount of DrainCare and let it eat overnight. It will dissolve any clog stuff into a gel goo that you flush down the next day with hot water. I always start that flushing with a kettle of boiling water.
If it is really clogged, you may have to do it more than once, but it works! And you don't have to remove the drain cover.
I just did this on my upstairs tub/shower and on the downstairs vanity sink. Works like a charm for me for many years!
Good luck!
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That drain will just unscrew. It should be loose enough (new construction) to unscrew by hand. Sometimes I have to get my rubber work gloves on to break them loose. Counter clockwise will loosen it.
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for your handle :

Pull off the handle itself. There's a black plastic piece underneath it with a phillip's head screw in the center. You need to tighten that screw, and then replace the handle. You'll see how it works once the handle comes off.
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The handle just puuls off? Thanks for the responses so far.
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After you remove that setscrew that you're trying to tighten the handle will pull off.
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Hmmmm. The drain just keeps turning. Seemed to loosen, but then just keeps turning.. Haven't tried the handle yet.
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Hmmmm. The drain just keeps turning. Seemed to loosen, but then just keeps turning.. Haven't tried the handle yet.
I encountered one that did that - I found that if I pushed the plug part way in (not all the way) something would catch and prevent further rotation and I could unscrew the cap.
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Hmmmm. The drain just keeps turning. Seemed to loosen, but then just keeps turning.. Haven't tried the handle yet.
here's what the underneath part of your drain looks like

http://www.plumbersurplus.com/images...621-324355.jpg

the chrome part threads onto that lower plastic part. Underneath the chrome part is a screwdriver slot that will allow the entire thing to come out


If you can't get it, you might need to use some pliers to hold the plastic part while you turn the chrome part. I've had to do this before but not very often. They don't really need to be so tight. Don't like that style of drain anyway.
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