Problem: The stopper in the
tub doesn’t operate, doesn’t seal, or causes slow
Background: Two basic stopper mechanisms are found
in tubs. One is the trip-lever type which uses a trip
lever to open and close a brass stopper inside the tub’s
drain. These have a strainer, instead of a stopper, at the
drain opening. Another is a pop-up type, in which the
lever is linked to the stopper at the drain opening.
What to do: Both types can be taken apart by
removing the 2 screws on the decorative overflow plate,
lifting the plate off, and then working the mechanism out
through the over flow hole. For trip-lever types, clean
the mechanism of debris and apply small amounts of grease
on its moving parts. For pop-up types, clean off debris
and check the condition of the 0-ring, which is positioned
underneath the top lip of the stopper. If the 0-ring is
worn or missing, replace it with a new one. If the pop-up
stop per doesn’t work even with the new 0-ring, remove it
and check to see if the linkage needs adjustment. Link age
that is adjusted so that it is too long will keep the
stopper from sealing properly.
Special advice: Keep in mind that accumulated hair
on the linkage of a pop-up mechanism can cause slow
drainage. When adjusting linkage on this type of
mechanism, make small adjustments at any one time, by
turning the threaded rod into the brass yoke, which
connects to the trip lever.
Helpful hint: If the
stopper mechanism seems to be unrepairable, or if you only
need to replace components, take the entire mechanism when
you go to the store so you will be sure to get the right
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