How to Remove a Shower Drain Cover Plate That Doesn't Have Screws

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How to Remove a Shower Drain Cover Plate That Doesn't Have Screws
The majority of strainers are held in place with one or two screws or adhesive. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

The standard shower drain is held in place with a screw driven through the centre into a lower support. Other drain covers connect with no visible screws or support media. The basic type of drain cover, a snap-on cover, connects by simply snapping the drain cover into place onto the drain. The snap-on variety may be held in place with some silicone adhesive so it will require force to pull it free. The other type screws into place. It is a little more difficult to remove but can be done quickly by following these steps.

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Things you need

  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Spray lubricant

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  1. 1

    Spray some spray lubricant along the lip of the drain cover. Allow the lubricant to settle into the threads for a few minutes.

  2. 2

    Insert the ends of a pair of needle-nose pliers into any of the openings on the drain cover. The pointed ends should be on opposite sides of the drain.

  3. 3

    Hold a pliers firmly with one hand per grip and twist to the left. Screw-in type strainers and those that are held in place with industrial adhesive will slowly come free. Spray more lubricant as necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are unsure of which type of drain you have, use the steps outlined in the article. Snap-on varieties will pop free with the same rotational force as the screw-in varieties.

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