How to Fix a Garden Tub Stopper

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Tub stoppers help keep the large amounts of water in a garden tub from going down. Keep yours problem-free with help from an experienced contractor in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Chris Wade, and I'm a contractor in the city of Los Angeles. Today, I'm going to show you how to fix a garden tub stopper. This right here is what controls your tub stopper. You know, down makes it fill, up releases the water from it. If you find that that is not working, there are two ways to fix this properly. One way is if you unscrew this thing right here and pull it out, what you're going to find is a long coat hanger like wire that comes all the way down and meets up with the stopper down here which is connected to this. And that's what controls it. If you find that it's not working, there are two ways to replace this. One is to go out and get a whole new stopper assembly kit and feed it down in there and sometimes it can be a little bit of a pain in the neck. There is an easier way to do it and I'm going to kind of demonstrate this little display right here. Basically this is what's behind your tub and up in the wall and underneath the tub. This part is the part that is underneath here and this is the part that feeds the wire down to the stopper and you can see that it's slightly complicated unless you're a trained plumber. There is another attachment that you can use which makes it a little bit easier, which is this one right here. Basically what this is, this is a kind of a manual pop up assembly kit. You can see that when I press down on it, it seals and it doesn't allow the water from the tub to come out. Pop it up and the water drains out. So what you're doing is you're basically going to replace the drain with one of these and it's going to eliminate having to hook up this whole assembly kit here and it eliminates all this. Basically undo your drain, you pop this down in there, screw it on, and you now have that sort of a deal. It comes with a new excursion plate here with a screw that fits into and replaces this thing right here because this is no longer needed. It's basically a dead lever. So that is one suggestion if you don't want to have to tackle dealing with the whole wire assembly and all that. And basically if you use something like this it's going to eliminate you from having to feed this down in there, catch the right area where it seals up, make sure this all works right and everything. It's a much, much easier way to fix your pop up assembly on a bathtub drain, and that's about it.

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