How to remove pop-up bathroom drain stopper?

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Old 01-27-18, 05:26 PM
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How to remove pop-up bathroom drain stopper?

Hello. I know there are tons of videos on Youtube still having problems. Bathtub not draining properly. Want to take stopper off and try to clean out some. Please see the attached image.

I tried to use Channellock-type pliers to hold the silver disk steady and unscrew the thing on top. One, I don't know if that's how you remove this thing. Two, I don't know whether to turn clockwise or counterclockwise. Presumably the latter, but who knows?

In short, I can't get this thing off. Could you please tell me how to proceed? Also, if you can figure out what type of pop-up drain stopper this is, could you please link me to a corresponding Youtube video?

Also, I made a short video so that you can see how this thing works. Please go here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH1Z...ature=youtu.be

Thanks for the help!
 
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Old 01-27-18, 07:02 PM
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Check out this video. You will either remove the small knob and there's a screw inside or you will lift the larger plug slightly (while still locked) and turn that.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqTCZaB1VT0
 
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When you say "still locked," should I rotate it at all while lifting?
 
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Old 01-27-18, 08:35 PM
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Only rotate it and lift it very slightly to get the "positive stop" to grab the slot/keyway. Watch the video and you will see it's a fine line between the large disk grabbing and not grabbing. Once you get it to grab you can unscrew it. It might take a few tries to get it right.
In your video you are pulling it up too high.

Also unscrew the small knob first and make sure there is no screw inside. Turn the small knob counter clockwise. A small screw inside the thumb screw hole is another way the drain plug could be installed.
 
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Got it using this video!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_0_FQUoVB0

Different design. Thanks all the same!!!!!!
 
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Good job. That's about as easy as it gets and good info.
 
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Thanks. Yes, I lucked out.

Do you guys recommend any chemicals to pour down there? I don't have optimal drainage, but it's not bad enough to snake. Thanks again. (BTW, have already plunged).
 
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Sorry, can't help myself....


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I wouldn't put any chemicals down there, to me Drano is drano your money down the drain.
 
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Old 01-28-18, 07:06 AM
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Can't agree more with Baldwin! Using any drain cleaner is a waste of money and an environment killer. Snaking is the only way to clear a clog. Tub drains are difficult to clear. I just did it two days ago. Remove the strainer, use a Zip strip and a needle nose pliers to grab as much "crap" as possible. If the clog is really bad you must remove the trip lever and use a typical snake. If you must use a drain cleaner I suggest baking powder and vinegar mix. I will encourage the bacterial type drain cleaners that are meant for regular use to keep the drain clear but won't clear an already clogged drain.
 
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OK. That's sound advice. Thanks.
 
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