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Old 06-23-2016, 11:08 AM   #1
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How Do I Remove This Faceplate?




I'm trying to snake this drain with a "Zip It" tool, and having poor luck going straight down the drain. I want to remove this faceplate, but after removing the screw, it doesn't seem to budge. Any suggestions? I can't find faceplates like this online.
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Old 06-23-2016, 12:01 PM   #2
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Re: How Do I Remove This Faceplate?


It's probably stuck from years of buildup.

Try a wire hook to add a little force to it.

Post something else and then you can add pictures.

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Old 06-23-2016, 05:45 PM   #3
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Re: How Do I Remove This Faceplate?


Hey ED, thanks for your reply. I'm able to see the image I posted on my screen, but it sounds like the forum doesn't grant permissions for public images until I've posted more?

I'm making this post, then I'll follow up with another shot of the faceplate.

Thanks again.

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Or post a link to the picture on a file sharing site like flickr.
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http://i.imgur.com/Qov4ccm.png

Sorry for the hassle guys - here's a direct link, plus another embedded image that will hopefully work.
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Re: How Do I Remove This Faceplate?


You more than likely have soap scum, and other buildup on the shaft that the knob is on.

Try to spray some penetrating cleaner in the thing to maybe clean out some of the crud.

Maybe CAREFULLY use 2 #1 screwdrivers to pry a little on the center apparatus.



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ps both your link and the second picture work.
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Old 06-26-2016, 09:09 AM   #7
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Just a hazy memory, but it could be Kohler. Check its site for old replacement parts for install process. Check other plumbing stores for something like it and see if the part includes install pdf. Do not use anything as a pry bar. If you crack the glazing or the body, it will be beginning of the end for the tub, esp cast iron tub.
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It is Kohler, can see the name in the pic. Perhaps a little GENTLE prying action from two sides (like 12 and 6 o'clock, then 9 and 3 o'clock, etc...) with screwdrivers might help pop it off.
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Thanks for the ideas, guys.

carpdad, you've got me nervous to mess with it.

I looked up the part and found this:

https://www.amazon.com/Kohler-74675-.../dp/B001EN8X4C

This appears to be the official Kohler page for it:

http://www.us.kohler.com/us//product...982/632982.htm

But there are no installation instructions.

This is my grandmother's tub and it hasn't had a functioning trip lever since I can remember. I'm not very handy - is replacing this and installing something functional a simple task?

Or: should I just try to gently pry off this faceplate and fish out the blockage?

I'm reticent to mess with it if I might cause more destruction than help.
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There is a product named P B BLASTER, it is a penetrant that is used to unstick, things on vehicles and other things.

It is a spray in an aerosol can, spray some in and around the knob, wait a half hour or so, try to remove the knob, spray again if needed, retry until it comes out.


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I took this as a challenge - found something similar and including a picture. If they have same construction, I think you have the misfortune to have most difficult cover plate to remove. The lever is pressed onto a geared part - the worst require a puller or giving up. Then the plate also has 2 screws going into the underbody - also may be corroded over. I don't see how CLR or PB blaster will reach these parts. Recommend starting with cutting the lever then grinding off the screw heads then trying Blaster or CLR for those 2 screws. Torching usually works for me. Obviously you should have the new parts. Although it's hit and miss, fresh start means less future worries. Next time for anything plumbed screws, nuts, bolts, etc, use a coat of plumbers grease, silicon paste, etc, to prevent corrosion welding like this.
I started with your posted link but couldn't find the assembly pdf. Then I googled Kohler tub overflow cover then started searching the images. Just minutes.
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Sorry but uploading's not working for me. Try searching the images.
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