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engineerdixson 06-07-2008 10:42 AM

Plunger style drain stopper stuck
I've got a plunger style drain stopper that isn't moving...Water drains, so that's a relief. I've been using a rubber stopper in the drain as a band-aid when I want to fill the tub, but now that I'm trying to sell the house, I'd like to get it working (inspector noted it on a report...really? a drain stopper not working!!?) :furious:

I found this site:

Unfortunately, when I try to pull out the assembly, the plunger doesn't move which keeps me from accessing the adjustable lock nut. Of course, there's no access to the pipe w/o yanking the tub. Any ideas what it might be hung up on? Possible corrosion freeze from being in the same place for so long?

mstplumber 06-07-2008 10:56 AM


Most likely it's just stuck from all the hair and gunk that has built up over the years. Try wiggling, jiggling and twisting back and forth (I know that sounds stupid but it's accurate) as you pull upward on the assembly. Some of these have cotter pins and screws that get hung up inside and it requires a fair amount of patience to remove them.

engineerdixson 06-08-2008 06:51 AM


Thanks so much for the advice. After much pulling and tugging (and yes, twisting) it finally came free. I've broken alot of things over the years by using too much force and was worried I'd break the linkage if I was too aggressive. Looks like all I needed was the encouragement that the linkage shouldn't break. It popped free and now works great.

Take THAT home inspector!:thumbup:

mstplumber 06-09-2008 06:38 AM

you're welcome

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