Fix/Replace bath tub drain -- doesn't stay open

Hi everyone,
In my 25 year old home the bath tub has a drain where it's controlled by a switch on the front/inside of the tub. It's gotten where even when the switch is moved to open the drain will slowly close in about 5 seconds. Is it possible to either repair the drain switch or replace it all together with one of those pop stoppers or even a plastic stopper?
Thanks --
Sam
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Alex wrote:

"trip lever faceplate": http://www.azpartsmaster.com/shopazp/Bathtub+Overflow+Plates+-+Trip+Lever +(6397A).html
The lever has a friction pad that is supposed to keep it one position. Yours is probably worn out.
Installing a complete new drain fitting (waste and overflow) for the popup drain can be(come) a *huge* project.
Jim
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

http://www.azpartsmaster.com/shopazp/Bathtub+Overflow+Plates+-+Trip+Lever +(6397A).html
The plug may be gummed up with soap scum or hair. try remioving the plug from the top (remove the a screw if there is one) and look down the drain to see if it is clean on the edges. A bottle cleaning brush or some foaming drain-o (be careful) might do the trick.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

What they said, plus my 26 year old bath tub went through this 2 or 3 years ago. I thought it was misadjusted with the tubular stopper that is down the hole behind the "switch" faceplate, but that wasn't it.
The spring that is basically part of the faceplate had rusted thin and weak. All you probably need is a new 25cent spring. However, I couldn't find one, even in the spring section of Ace hardware and maybe one other store.
But I disassemble every thing before I throw it away and save every spring etc. I have 3 8-oz containers from margerine fiilled with springs. I didn't have the perfect one either, but the one that was a little lighter and narrower did the job for the last 3 years.
I'm keeeping my eyes open and I expect fo find another some where in the next 21 years, in time for this one to break.
Or you can buy the whole switch/lever assembly. $5? $8? Not sure.

Remove NOPSAM to email me. Please let me know if you have posted also.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.