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Old 01-21-2018, 01:54 PM
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I am needing to clean all the hair out my bathtub drain. I cannot get the drain stopper out. I have watched countless youtube videos and it looks so easy, but mine will not budge. It is a push pull drain stopper, looks very similar to the picture from the top, can't really see much underneath. I think the top part is supposed to unscrew, but I have tried using pliers, channel locks, WD40, and it will not budge. I am beginning to question whether it is actually supposed to come off. There is no set screw under the top. How else would I get this thing off. The last thing I want to do is call a plumber to unclog my drain. I am usually very handy at stuff like this, but this has me so frustrated I'm ready to cry. Any suggestions?


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Old 01-21-2018, 02:38 PM
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If it doesn't just turn to remove, there may be a top (or plug) to the top of the stopper that you can flip off with a screw driver or tool. Make sure to close the drain first. There may then be a screw underneath the plug. I've seen both kinds.
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Old 01-21-2018, 03:12 PM
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I asked my handy husband and he said sometimes it's "righty loosy" instead of "lefty loosy." Maybe worth a try.
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Old 01-21-2018, 03:14 PM
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I often use a zip-it tool. It's very skinny, cheap, and easy to use, and it really gets the hair out. If you can't remove the drain stopper, you might be able to maneuver the zip-it tool under it and down into the drain. I think most of the big hardware stores sell it.
http://zipitclean.com/
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Old 01-21-2018, 03:30 PM
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I bought something like the zip it tool because I couldn't get my drain thing out either! The zip it tool worked fine around the drain plug. I almost puked pulling out all the stuff in my girls' bath. It was gross.


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Old 01-21-2018, 03:55 PM
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I have the Zip It tool, but I canít get more than just the tip to go into the drain. Itís a tight squeeze. Iím going to go try righty loosey. Thanks for the help. If anyone else has suggestions, please share.
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Old 01-21-2018, 04:22 PM
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In addition to the zip-it strip, you can use a toilet plunger as suggested in so many You-tube videos. I know it sounds gross but is not much to buy a new one just for the bathtub. I couldn't remove my new stopper and had to resort to a new plunger to speed up my slow draining bathtub. It worked! I saved the cost of a plumber.
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Old 01-21-2018, 05:11 PM
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Iíve never been able to get mine off either. I had my HOA contractor come over and look and he couldnít figure it out either. I also had a plumber try and he also had no luck.

The contractor did make a tool I can use out of a wire hanger so between Draino and the hanger, it stays clear. Super annoying though.
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Old 01-21-2018, 05:19 PM
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I have the exact drain.... twist the top off and you will find a screw. Use a screwdriver and lift off. Beware it can get pretty hairy and gross down there.
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Old 01-21-2018, 05:24 PM
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Thatís the problem, the top wonít come off.


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Old 01-21-2018, 07:15 PM
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It's probably corroded beyond belief.

I would go ahead and break it or hack saw it. They're cheap to replace anyway. Beware that if you break the crossbar spokes of the drain flange, they can be tricky to replace but not impossible if you're a good youtube handyman or handywoman.

If you must replace the flange to install a new stopper:

There is a special tool to remove/install the flange if the crossbars are intact (see visual aid) but it is not required. I simply used a wrench by placing the forks of the wrench in between the crossbars and spinning it with a second wrench.

If the crossbars are not intact, you will need an extractor tool which is available at any hardware store. I got one at Lowe's but it's not coming up on their website for some reason. See tool here: https://www.amazon.com/Superior-0525.../dp/B00C0M7DVA

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Old 01-22-2018, 02:33 PM
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Thanks for all the suggestions.
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Old 01-22-2018, 04:51 PM
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Did you get it?
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Old 01-22-2018, 05:03 PM
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No, I kind of gave up. I needed to step away for awhile and come back later. I was able to get some hair out with the zip it so it is draining a little better now at least. I may have to eventually call a plumber if I canít get it out. Love-Teachís post requires way more skill (and tools) than I have.
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Old 01-22-2018, 08:36 PM
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If it makes you feel any better....A water pipe that goes to the ice machine at my shop (side business) busted sometime early this evening and flooded the shop. thankfully it's in a garage area but it's still a mess. My oldest son and I have a dental appointment tomorrow morning. Took an entire personal day so I guess the boy and I will make a father-son task out of it. Plumbing makes me cuss...
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Old 01-23-2018, 03:55 AM
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So sorry about that Love-Teach. That does not sound like a fun job to clean up. Plumbing issues are the pits .
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Old 01-23-2018, 04:53 AM
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Mine does NOT. Come. Out. I think it was installed back when bath drains were invented (I rent).

I swear by Liquid Plumr Hair Clog. I have long hair and there is no way to stop it from going down the dinosaur drain. I was standing in ankle deep water for SHOWERS. That stuff was magical!
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Old 01-23-2018, 02:44 PM
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Thanks MissESL! I will give that a try until I'm ready to attempt to try to get it out again.
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