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

Updated February 21, 2017

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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  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. 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. 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.

  4. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Spray lubricant

About the Author

John Walker
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