Is your bathtub no longer holding water? It might be time to replace the lift and turn drain. This is an easy fix that almost any homeowner can tackle on their own. Here is a quick list of tips on how to tackle this issue:
- Grab the top knob of the drain plug. Pull up the drain plug and turn it until it stays in the open position. If your knob has a set screw, use a flat head screwdriver to loosen the screw and remove the knob.
- Remove the brass insert by rotating it counterclockwise with a flathead screwdriver. Lift the drain plug from the drain body.
- Insert the ends of the tongue in groove pliers into the opening in the bottom of the drain body.
- With the original drain body from the bathtub and put the original gasket in the bathtub drain opening.
- Insert a new tub drain gasket into the tub drain opening. Roll a thin rope of plumber’s putty about the thickness of a drinking straw and long enough to wrap around the replacement lift and turn the drain body.
- Wrap the putty rope around the new drain body placing it against the underside of the drain lip. Insert the new drain body into the tub drain opening.
- Insert the ends of the plier handles into the opening in the new drain body. Twist the drain body clockwise until tight.
- Drop the new stopper into the replacement drain body. Insert the new brass insert into the middle of the stopper and tighten it clockwise. Screw the knob clockwise onto the brass insert.