How to Remove a Strainer Without Screws in a Shower Drain

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How to Remove a Strainer Without Screws in a Shower Drain
Periodically remove a shower drain strainer to remove hair and other debris. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

There are several types of shower drain strainers. A threaded strainer features a base that is threaded like a screw and is of higher quality than other strainers. Remove threaded strainers using a specialised strainer wrench or pliers featuring handle grips that slide inside the strainer. Another type of strainer features clips at the base to hold it into place. Determine if a strainer is the "pop-off" type by looking for indentations located around its outer lip. Remove this type of stainer by slipping a screwdriver or pliers into the strainer grate and pulling it out.

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Things you need

  • Pliers
  • Strainer wrench (optional)
  • Slotted screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Grasp the pliers and spread the handle grips apart.

  2. 2

    Insert the pliers' handle grips into the drain strainer to form an upside down "V" shape.

  3. 3

    Turn the pliers in a counterclockwise direction to loosen and remove the strainer.

  4. 4

    Stop turning the strainer if you determine that it is not threaded into place.

  5. 5

    Slide the tip of a slotted screwdriver under the outer lip of a non-threaded strainer. Twist the slotted screwdriver to pop the strainer up. Remove the strainer from the drain.

Tips and warnings

  • If using a strainer wrench, push the slotted end into the drain and turn it counterclockwise with the attached handle.

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