08:57AM | 11/03/04
Member Since: 11/02/04
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I have a stuck plunger on a lever type of tub drain. It is stuck ABOVE the drain opening so water can flow out. Even when I put water directly in the Overflow pipe I still have drainage but it seems that the mechanism is jammed in place. Any tips or solutions on how to get this thing loose? I will give baking soda and vinegar a try but wanted to see if anyone had success with anything else. Oh, and yes, I tied a piece of shoelace to the part so if be does loosen (some day) it can hopefully be retrieved. Terry


11:53AM | 11/04/04
You should be able to keep working the linkage back and forth and obtain some movement. If you have a brass bodied waste and overflow an o ring may have come misaligned. Most likely you have a plastic W & O and the brass wire linkage may have kinked. I presume you have taken off and disconnected the overflow plate to work on the linkage. I wouldn't think that lubricates or cleaners would help. If you have an access opening you may be able to disconnect the top pipe. Be careful if you have an older brass overflow.


11:44AM | 06/08/17
Hi there - I don't know if this post is still getting attention but I have the same problem - my brass waste-and-overflow linkage is completely jammed/frozen in place. I have worked on it for an hour or two - the linkage and stopper will absolutely not budge. There is no wiggle or play of any sort. My hope was to install a new linkage stopper but if I can't get the old one out, I may just put a dummy plate over it and forget it. I am fortunate that the stopper is stuck in the "up" position so at least the tub is of use as a shower - which is all it has been used for the past several years - but I was really hoping to have it fixed correctly. I have used white vinegar and CLR and was considering a penetrating WD 40 as I read that someplace - but would like to know what you all think. Thanks!
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