Overflow trap in bathtub won't stay open after replacing

Old 08-23-07, 08:26 PM
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Unhappy Overflow trap in bathtub won't stay open after replacing

I replaced an old overflow trap, removed coter pin, put new unit in place, I have moved the hook to every hole on the "rail" that drops down inside the wall and still won't stay open. Help!
Old 08-23-07, 09:28 PM
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did you replace the entire overflow assembly, just the stopper inside, or just the trip lever/cover plate? it sounds like you replaced just the stopper inside, that attaches to the trip lever. when you move the lever up and down, does it feel like there's some resistance or does it just flop around? when they won't stay open it's mostly due to the spring on the trip lever being broken or the cover plate being damaged and not keeping pressure on the trip lever. if either of these are the case, a new cover plate/trip lever is what you need. hopefully this helps.
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Another thing is to use a bottle brush in the overflow pipe to clean the walls. The brass or plastic plug won't fall down nor rise up easily with scum on the walls of the pipe or on the sides of the plug itself. Now if it won't stay open, did you drop the spring out of the plate or fail to replace it when you did your rebuild? It acts as a detent device to keep the handle either up or down.

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