Pop-up drains are relatively simple fixtures. The puller, located in the faucet base, pulls up on a lift lever beneath the drain which, in turn, raises and lowers the pop-up stopper in the drain. Removing a pop-up stopper and drain first requires that you remove the stopper, then dismantle the drain pieces below to take the drain out of the sink.
Things You'll Need
- Block of wood
Position yourself underneath the sink. Look for a small spring clip that connects the vertical sink lift puller from the faucet to a horizontal lever. Unhook the spring clip and disconnect the two pieces from each other.
Unscrew the coupling holding the horizontal lever in place. Place your other hand in the sink and grab the pop-up stopper with your other hand. Pull out the ball valve from the drain pipe. You should then be able to remove the pop-up valve by pulling it straight up.
Place the bucket underneath the P-trap (the curved area of the drain pipe). Loosen the couplings at either end with pliers. Pull out the P-trap and empty the water inside into the bucket.
Unscrew the jamb nut located directly beneath the drain with the pliers. Pull this off the tailpiece, along with the rubber washer above it.
Remove the straight piece of plumbing directly beneath the drain, called the tailpiece, by unscrewing counterclockwise.
Place a block of wood underneath the drain. Tap on this with a hammer or rubber mallet until the drain pops off in the sink above.
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