How to get drain covers off for cleaning


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Old 11-06-07, 02:49 PM
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How to get drain covers off for cleaning

I have two bathroom drains I need to clean as they are slow to drain. One is in a sink, the other is in a shower stall. I'm trying to figure out how to remove the drain plug/cover.


Here is the sink:






And here is the shower:






I've tried lightly to get the covers off, but I don't want to break either of them. I figured the sink one would unscrew, similarly to a bathtub one I've taken off in the past, but it doesn't seem to. I can't get the shower one to budge at all. I thought someone with more experience might have some recommendations.

Any suggestions?


Thanks in advance!
 
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Old 11-06-07, 03:28 PM
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The sink drain is called a pop up, since it pops up when you push the lever. Depending on how it was installed, it could be easy or easier to remove. I see no screws in the shower plate, so I assume it just pops off with pressure from a screwdriver, but don't force it. For the pop up, you could pick up a plumbing DIY book from a home/hardware store, or go and look at one in the store. I am not good at explaining this one. But you may need to loosen the nut that holds the pop up linkage under the sink.
 
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Old 11-06-07, 06:02 PM
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Fantastic. You gave me just what I needed. The plastic one popped right off with enough pressure... I was just being TOO careful, and crawled under the sink and think I see how to disconnect the other one!

Thanks again!
 
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Old 11-07-07, 04:02 AM
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Thanks for the feedback, glad for your success.
 
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Old 11-07-07, 09:02 AM
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Drains

Unless you are using a plunger on the sink that is not the place to clean it out, using a cable is almost guaranteed to get jammed before you get to the clog. In that situation you pull off the trap and snake from the point of connection. Luck.
 
 

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