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 Stuck bathtub stopper
Author: cdmulford (NJ)

I have a lever type bathtub stopper. The lever mechanism was removed by a plumber, but he neglected to remove the stopper. The bathtub drain had worked well until recently. When I used a snake type camera to check the drain I could see that the stopper had dropped down enough to reduce the drain flow. Viewing the top of the stopper from the overflow tube, there is nothing on the top of the stopper that I can attach (a wire) to remove it. SO - any suggestions for removing the stopper?

thanks - cd milford

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 Re: Stuck bathtub stopper
Author: m & m (MD)

You may need to disassemble the tub waste from the back of the tub to remove the plunger.

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 Re: Stuck bathtub stopper
Author: packy (MA)

the stopper had to have been attached to the linkage somehow ??
probably 99.99% (maybe more) are attached to a small hook on the end of the linkage.
you should be able to bend a small hook in a wire (like a metal coat hanger) and fish the stopper out. spray some oil down the overflow first just in case the stopper is stuck..
look here and you will see a stopper that has a small bar in the center. that is what you want to catch..

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