About a month or so ago I replaced the trip lever cover on my tub because it was pitted and ugly to look at (due to a tub spout leak always dripping on it). Genius that I am, when I removed the cover and detached the drain stopper linkage, I allowed the linkage and plunger/stopper assembly fall back into the hole and down the overflow pipe. I made an attempt with a hanger to fish our the linkage and stopper but was not able to do so. So I installed the new cover without connecting the linkage and hoped for the best! No big deal... the drain was still draining and the old stopper mechanism never really stopped the water anyway... we used a rubber drain cover in the tub to fill it and take baths.
So a few weeks go by and the drain is draining slower and slower each day. After a while it becomes intolerable and I have to fix it or pay a plumber lots of cash to do so.
So I remove the trip lever cover and try to snake it but it doesn't work and I give up quickly. A day or so later I try again, but this time with a carefully bent wire hanger to try to fish out the disconnect linkage and stopper that I believe is clogging my drain. Good news... success on the first try! I manage to hook the lost linkage and pull it out. But instead of the stopper on the other end, I have about a 1/2 pound of the grossest hair/soap scum/??? mess - about the size of a hamster - that was attached to the linkage in place of the stopper.
Now that the overflow tube is cleaned out(hopefully), the drain is clear and the tub no longer fills during showers. So far so good. Maybe I'll even buy a replacement linkage/stopper and get it working again.
BUT.... where is the old stopper that never came out of the overflow tube? Can it fall past the "T" with the tube drain pipe? What's below there... a J or U trap? Should I bother trying to get it out? How??? What's the worse that can happen if I just leave it as is?
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