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chagrin
11-18-2006, 03:48 PM
And it is not clogged, oddly enough, that I can tell. It appears to be the type of unit that simply doesn't drain fast, or well at all. I have to clean up every few days and even after I do weekly cleanings, it still leaves residue, dirt, etc in the bottom; the water after a shower takes an extra long time to drain. I have used Drano to try and clear it out but it appears not to be a "clog". Also, it's one of those drains that has the part that goes up and down by twisting it to the left or right. However I cannot "unscrew" it to remove the part altogether. Something has to be done, it won't flood or anything, but is is huge inconvenience, and has potential to start leaving odors.
Ideas please?

plbrdude
11-18-2006, 04:30 PM
does it look like this???

chagrin
11-18-2006, 04:35 PM
No, it is a standard looking faucet, setup. The drain is the main concern. Hang on, I will take a picture and post it

plbrdude
11-18-2006, 04:36 PM
if it does, you should be able to pull the stopper out from the tub. and take the screws out of the trip lever plate and pull that up and out. sometimes that gets gunked up and cleaning it will help. drano usually doesn't do much.

plbrdude
11-18-2006, 04:36 PM
that was the drain

plbrdude
11-18-2006, 04:37 PM
minus the tub

Baconeater
11-18-2006, 04:37 PM
No, it is a standard looking faucet, setup. The drain is the main concern. Hang on, I will take a picture and post it
That picture he posted is about as standard as you can get.

chagrin
11-18-2006, 04:47 PM
here's the drain in question, I would like to remove it and clean up inside

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m88/wrathchild_03/drain.jpg

plbrdude
11-18-2006, 04:50 PM
ok.

Baconeater
11-18-2006, 04:56 PM
Damn, I've seen that type of stopper before, but I'm not sure how it comes apart.

plbrdude
11-18-2006, 04:59 PM
should be a set screw under the top of that. you might need a little mirror and flashlight to see it.
you should be able to loosen it and then pull off the center part off the rod. if nothinings there, go buy a $15 hand snake and take off your overflow plate off the top and run the snake through the trap.

Phobia
11-18-2006, 04:59 PM
Maybe you should hose yourself off outside before getting in the shower?

chagrin
11-18-2006, 04:59 PM
It tricks you into thinking you can simply unscrew it but it seems to be attached from inside, underneath - it doesn't open enough to allow for even needle nose or anything. I have no idea how to get in there

plbrdude
11-18-2006, 05:02 PM
It tricks you into thinking you can simply unscrew it but it seems to be attached from inside, underneath - it doesn't open enough to allow for even needle nose or anything. I have no idea how to get in there


set screw under the center part. it slides on a brass rod that you can unscrew after loosening the set screw and lifting off the stopper.

Baconeater
11-18-2006, 05:05 PM
It tricks you into thinking you can simply unscrew it but it seems to be attached from inside, underneath - it doesn't open enough to allow for even needle nose or anything. I have no idea how to get in there
Yeah, I remember ****ing with one of those years ago and being very frustrated as well. Is it possible that the upper (ribbed) part separates from the lower stopper part, or is it all one piece?

chagrin
11-18-2006, 05:07 PM
set screw under the center part. it slides on a brass rod that you can unscrew after loosening the set screw and lifting off the stopper.


I think I picture what you are saying. I have a question though, wouldn't I have to be able to somehow hold the rod in place and unscrew the top? Needle nose aren't small enough to get in there, what is the suggestion?

plbrdude
11-18-2006, 05:11 PM
you need to loosen the set screw. prolly w/ a phillips at an angle. then the stopper will pull off the rod. then you can unscrew the rod out of the drain.

plbrdude
11-18-2006, 05:12 PM
hard to describe by typing.

chagrin
11-18-2006, 05:22 PM
okay, well, underneath the ribbed looking top thingy(which is permanently affixed btw) is the rod, but also there is a little half arm looking thing, I don't see a screw anywhere. I will try to take a picture of it

chagrin
11-18-2006, 05:40 PM
I don't know, see if you see the little part I am talking about

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m88/wrathchild_03/PICT0032.jpg

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m88/wrathchild_03/PICT0030.jpg

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m88/wrathchild_03/PICT0031.jpg

plbrdude
11-18-2006, 05:44 PM
maybe you can play with it and see if you feel it catch in a semi down position . the whole top might unscrew. i found one out in my shop. the stopper will unscrew if it's dropped like 3/4 closed. most of the ones i have used before have the set screw, sometimes i forget there is a variety of mfgrs out there.

plbrdude
11-18-2006, 05:46 PM
if there is a screw it would be in that part that seems to be jutting out.

chagrin
11-18-2006, 06:04 PM
Okay dude, I will check it out and see what I can find out. Thanks a bunch for the help!

plbrdude
11-18-2006, 07:04 PM
good luck

Halfcan
11-18-2006, 07:19 PM
Put a gallon of gasoline down the drain and light it-that should burn out any clogs.

Or get some Draino.