In this article, we will go over four simple methods for removing a stopper from a bathtub drain.

Hair and gunk, as well as rust, can quickly accumulate in a tub's drain, necessitating removal of the stopper in order to clean or repair the drain.

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    For a drain stopper with a knob, try: A lift-and-turn or push-pull stopper is almost always the case if there is a knob protruding from the top of the stopper. The knob or the entire stopper assembly of either type can be removed with a twisting motion.

    • The action taken after lifting a stopper determines whether it is a lift-and-turn or push-pull type. A push-pull stopper requires only lifting, as the names imply, while a lift-and-turn stopper also requires turning.
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    See if it comes off by turning the knob counterclockwise. You may find the bolt that secures the drain stopper under the knob. With a few twists, you can free the knob and gain access to the screw. Depending on how securely it is fastened, turning the knob with your fingers may be sufficient. If it is loose, however, you can use your thumb and index finger. [1]

    • Don't force your way into turning knobs that clearly don't turn, such as many push-pull knobs.

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    If you have a pair of pliers, twist the bolt that's underneath the knob. You can expect the bolt to protrude through the hole where the knob used to be. As soon as the screw is loosened enough, the whole plug will come out. [2]

    • To make loosening the bolt easier, close the drain after turning the knob.
    • Push-pull stoppers are more prone to this than lift-and-turn ones.
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    If the knob won't budge, try turning it at its base. The knob on some stoppers is permanently attached to the base, making removal of the entire stopper a one-step process. As soon as you feel the stopper beginning to slide into the drain's groove, grab a pair of pliers and twist it into place. If you pull on the stopper, it will come out of the drain intact. [3]

    • Stoppers that can be lifted and turned are typically interchangeable when using this method.

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    Check to see if there is a "Push" symbol or if the stopper is rounded without a knob. You can open and close this stopper with the touch of your foot, hence the name "toe-touch stopper." Toe-touch stoppers are among the simplest to install, but they can be challenging to eliminate if you don't know what you're doing.

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    Hold the stopper in your open hand. Raise the plug so that water can flow through it, and then grasp the cap firmly with your hands or pliers. When the stopper is depressed, it is pressed into a metal ring, which can be used as a handhold. [4]

    • Toe-touch stoppers can only be removed from the open position. If you try to remove it, you risk scratching the metal, and it won't budge.
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    The stopper cap can be twisted counterclockwise using your fingers or pliers. If you twist the metal cap with enough force, it will come off in a snap. If twisting doesn't unscrew it, try pulling it up vertically as you turn. [5]

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    Turn the flathead screwdriver counterclockwise to loosen the screw inside the stopper. To remove the stopper from the drain, turn the screwdriver's flat tip in a counterclockwise direction. To remove the stopper, the screw need only be loosened enough to allow lifting without removal. [6]

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    Take the drain cover off and remove it from the drain. Apart from the metal cap you unscrewed earlier, the stopper can be removed in one fluid motion. After you've finished fixing or cleaning the stopper, simply screw it back into place. [7]

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    Examine the stopper to see if there is a small hole or a lever that can be flipped. Both the "Flip-It" and "Press-Flo" stoppers are well-known brands of easily removable bathtub drain stoppers. These stoppers are affixed to the drain with an o-ring to prevent them from falling down the drain and can be easily removed by pulling on the ring.

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    If the stopper has a lever that can be flipped up, use it. Using the lever as a handle, you can easily remove a stuck plug. The drain stopper should be able to be lifted straight out of the drain with the help of the handle, but if it is stuck, a little jiggling should do the trick.

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    A "Press-Flo" stopper can be removed with a suction cup. The original suction cup that came with this name-brand plug was probably the ideal size for your needs, but you may have misplaced it. When you press the stopper's center, a small suction cup will attach to it. For easy removal of the drain stopper, simply lift the suction cup. [8]

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    To adjust the bathtub overflow, locate the control on the overflow faceplate. Overflow drains are typically situated beneath the tub spout and feature either a trip lever or a twistable spout. The drain stopper can be opened and closed with the help of this device, which is typically mounted on a cable or arm. Grates are commonplace in this configuration and placed directly atop drains.

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    Open the plug by rotating the cover plate or flipping it over. The drain stopper assembly can be taken out by opening the drain. Closed drain stoppers prevent the drain plug from being removed through the back of the faceplate in full. [9]

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    Take off the front panel by unscrewing it. You can get rid of the screws holding the faceplate on by turning them anti-clockwise with a Phillips or flathead screwdriver. Especially if you have already taken out the metal grate, unscrew them carefully so that you don't lose any of the parts that are hidden behind the plate. [10]

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    The overflow plate, arm, and stopper must be removed as a unit from the bath tub. To prevent water from entering the drain pipe below the metal grate in the bathtub, reattach the plate you unscrewed to an arm or cable mechanism. The entire unit can be removed from the tub by gently pulling it through the overflow hole. [11]

    • The drain stopper must be removed in a straight line from the wall. Upon its own, the lever mechanism will open.

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