How to Remove the Middle Piece in a Bathroom Sink

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A faucet pop-up is installed directly into the drain of your bathroom sink. The pop-up is connected to a lever that is often located behind the faucet, and can be pulled up to lower the pop-up. When the pop-up is lowered, it is pulled into the drain, forming a seal that prevents any water from exiting the sink. When the lever is pushed back down, the pop-up will lift, allowing water to flow from the sink. The pop-up is connected to the sink and faucet assembly with a bolt placed behind the underside of the sink, and it can be easily removed for cleaning or replacement.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint tray
  • Towels
  • Channel locks
  • Remove the contents in the cabinet below the sink, then place a paint tray under the sink to catch any water drips.

  • Remove the nut by connecting the top of the vertical metal strap to the lift rod running into the bottom of the sink. The strap is a long, flat metal piece with several holes in it.

  • Remove the strap, along with the clip, from the horizontal pop-up rod, running into the vertical drain pipe below the sink.

  • Unscrew and remove the pivot nut, connecting the lift rod to the drain pipe just below the sink.

  • Remove the rod and plastic inserts from the drain pipe below the sink.

  • Pull the pop-up valve out of the top of the drain.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not turn on the faucet with the pop-up valve removed.

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