How to Take the Drain Plug Out of the Tub


A tub drain plug or drain plunger utilizes a small rod and chain located behind the tub's basin and an actuating lever that you pull up or down to open and close the drain. This allows you to fill the tub with water and prevent it from draining out. Removing a tub drain plug does not require a licensed plumber. The average do-it-yourselfer can complete the task in a matter of minutes with a simple Phillip's screwdriver and a pair of needle-nose pliers.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Remove the screws that hold the strainer over the tub drain and place the strainer off to the side. If the strainer is a screw-in type, place the shaft of the screwdriver into one of the holes and rotate the screwdriver counterclockwise to remove it.

  • Locate the bar that connects to the plunger. In some cases, the bar will not directly connect to the plunger. If this is the case, a chain connects the plunger and the bar. Pry the bar or the chain off the plunger with the pliers, then pull the plunger out of the drain.

  • Remove the screws that hold the lever plate against the tub basin. Place the screws off to the side. Be cautious not to drop them into the drain.

  • Pull the lever plate away from the tub basin. As you pull away, pull upward to slide the bar out from behind the basin.

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