I have a newer sink with a drain plug that is controlled from a single post
behind the water spout - like most bathroom faucets.
Currently, moving the post has no effect on the drain plug.
The mechanism seems simple enough:
-Metal post is adjusted vertically by user
-Post moves lever under sink up & down
-Lever enters center pipe just below sink
-Lever attaches to lower end of drain plug
-Drain plug raises and lowers with movement of lever.
Without taking the whole thing apart to investigate, are there any quick
fixes for this problem. I'm assuming I'm not the first person on earth to
Much thanks in advance.
Silly question that needs to be asked: Are you sure that
"metal post" /\ and "lever" \/ are connected?
If so, and it actually makes the lever move when you raise
and lower the post, then it is inside of the drain section.
Only trouble is that there really isn't a whole lot to go
wrong in there (just what you wanted to hear, right? lol)
Try moving the (horizontal) lever up and down by hand, see
if it makes the plug move. It almost *has* to be the linkage
between that and the (vertical) post.
Even if the hidden inner linkage is broken, the plug should
still fall down from gravity when you lower the level. You might
want ot make sure it isn't covered with a couple months/years
worth of hair and gunk that are making it bind inside the
There is good news. It is a relatively easy thing to take apart,
probably one of the easiest access paths in all of bathroom
The real Tom Pendergast [ So if you meet me, have some courtesy,
aka I-zheet M'drurz [ have some sympathy, and some taste.
Is the stopper stuck in the down/closed position? If so, and as ther
respondent says, all the mechanism is working under the sink up to the point
the rod enters the drain pipe, then the problem is that the stopper has come
off the rod inside the drain. If so:
Usually the 'nut' that holds the rod inside the drain is only hand
tightened, but you may need a pair or large plyers or vice-grips. Remove
the nut and pull the rod out of the drain pipe.
Pull or pry the drain stopper out of the drain (through the sink - carefully
as to not damage the seal.
Check the end of the stopper. Usually it will have a hole of slot on one
side, slightly off-center. The rod should extend into this slot. carefully
re-insert the stopper with this slot facing towards the hole were the rod
enters the drain pipe, trying to fit the end into the hole in the stopper.
It may take a couple tries, and if it's a vanity, a second pair of hands and
eyes might come in handy.
When you think you've got it, re-insert the rod and hand tighten the nut.
Operate the drain a few times to see that it works. Finish tightening the
nut, but only tight enough that it won't leak. Don't over tighten or the
drain will be heard to operate.
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