I have 3 bathrooms in my house. Occasionally, I have had to snake out the drains
in 2 of the bathroom sinks--no problem--lift out the plunger and snake out the
hair. Now, my downstairs bathroom sink drain is getting slow. I tried to lift
out the sink plunger, and this one is evidently connected to the mechanism that
lifts and lowers it--it does not just sit on the lever like the other two. I
tried twisting, but I really don't want to break it--it won't disengage from
whatever it is connected to. Any suggestions ???
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On Apr 8, 4:42 pm, email@example.com (Ron in NY) wrote:
If your situation is like all the "captive" stoppers I have
The control rod goes through an open section of the stopper
In order to free it, you need to go under the sink and unscrew the
plastic (typically) nut that seals the molded plastic ball on the
With the nut unscrewed you can withdraw the rod from the open section
in the stopper tailpiece.
Re-install te control rod (with the stopper removed), re-tighten the
nut. The stopper tailpiece can now sit on top of the control rod.
You might have to do some adjusting of the rod connections such that
the drain stopper pull rod doesnt come up too high when the drain is
Use ZEP DrainCare and you'll have fewer drain issues....its a
preventive rather than a curative.
Be sure to have a small bucket handy when you undo the nut that holds
the rod in place, just in case. When you reassemble the drain, you
can put it back together and then put the sink stopper in, that way it
will not be captive and you can remove it just like you do for the
other two sinks.
I bought a sink plunger from the hardware store. It's not the plunger you
write about. We call them stoppers. I was using the air pressure stuff in
a can and then didn't work too well. The Sink Plunger did a fantastic job
and the sink drain empties like a charm.
I never use snakes in the sinks or the bathtub, only in the toilet. It
won't help you now, but something to remember.
You have to remove the lift linkage in order to free up the stopper.
Usually, it's done this way in public bathrooms to prevent the stopper from
being stolen. Reassemble with the lift link on the bottom of the stopper
instead of through the hole.
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