How to Remove a Pop-Up Tub Drain

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How to Remove a Pop-Up Tub Drain
You may need to apply force to unscrew the drain plug. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

A pop-up drain plug in your bathtub can be removed either quite easily or with considerable effort. If you find that your plug does not simply lift out of the drain, it means your plug has threads and screws into the drain assembly. Often plumbers will apply putty to the threads of the drain to keep the plug in securely, making removing the plug a matter of strength. Using two tools in an unconventional manner to create a lever system, you can overcome the strength of the putty and unscrew the plug.

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Things you need

  • Slip-joint wrench
  • Large and long screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Push down on the tub's drain lever to pop the plug up. Grab the plug firmly and pull up on it to remove it from the drain.

  2. 2

    Insert the handles of a slip-joint wrench into the drain. Insert a large and long screwdriver into the drain, making sure it sits between the wrench's handles.

  3. 3

    Turn the screwdriver counterclockwise, so it becomes lodged between one of the wrench's handles and the drain plug. Push on the screwdriver's handle as hard as you can until the drain plug begins to rotate easily in the drain.

  4. 4

    Use your fingers to spin the drain plug counterclockwise until the plug comes free.

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