The past few days, my wife noticed that the bathtub wasn't draining properly
when she was giving our daughter a bath. This had happened before, so I
figured it was more than likely the linkage connecting the lever to the
stopper (previously, it had loosened to the point where the lever was not
having an affect on the stopper).
When I pulled off the lever facing, the linkage fell down the drain! Worst
yet, trying my best with a wire hanger, I couldn't fish out either that
linkage, or the stopper to at least put it back in the 'open' position. Now,
I'm stuck with a three year old bathtub/faucet, and a tub full of stinky
baby bath water (don't worry - didn't throw the baby out..)
Any advice on going about getting this bad boy draining again? Was I right
in trying to fish up the lever with the wire hanger, or is there a better
way (tried a screwdriver with a magnetic probe, but no dice)? Luckily, if it
comes to that - I have access to the underside of the bathtub (only positive
to an unfinished basement), so if I need to get at the drain elbow I can.
Thanks in advance for any help,