Replacing a bathtub drain stopper can prove to be a difficult task for most people. However, following the steps written below can make your life easier and save you money on hiring an expensive plumber for a bathtub drain stopper replacement service.
First, you need to remove the two screws that holds the trip lever plate on to the tub wall, and keep them in a safe place so you can use them later and they don’t fall down the drain.
Then take the trip lever plate and take the brass waste and over flow out. If the cylindrical plunger isn’t fixed to the linkage then you can use a retriever to grasp the plunger from the overflow hole.
After taking out the plunger attach it back to the end of the linkage rood and close with pliers to make sure it is tight. Double check to make sure that the plunger doesn’t slip off and is really secure.
Make the locknut loose and rotate its plastic fitting to increase the length of the linkage by a quarter inch.
Once you have tightened the lock nut you can place the brass plunger and the linkage down the overflow hole and replace the screws in the over flow plate then flip the trip lever up and make it secure too.
Take the screws you pulled out at the beginning from their safe place and screw them back into the overflow plate. Then flip up the trip lever on the stopper.
Once you are done with this process, it is very important to check that the entire procedure was done correctly. This checking can be done by flipping up the trip lever on the stopper, then filling the bathtub with a little water. Once you have filled it up to a bare minimum shut the faucet on the tap and then see if the water stays in the tub and does not drain. If the water drains out then remove the overflow plate once more. Lengthen the linkage more up to half an inch or even three quarters an inch if possible and reinstall it again. Once more, make sure to check that the screws are tightly fastened.
Flip up the trip lever then fill the bath tub with some water and check once more to see if the bathtub drain stopper was fixed in properly. This process can be repeated as many times as possible to obtain a watertight seal on your tubs drainage system.
However, if it still doesn’t work, a little professional help may not be that bad and could save you plenty of time and even accidents. Thus, always make sure you follow the instructions properly and use the right kind of tools for this job. It is also important to make sure the safety in the bathroom and bathtub so that no slipping accidents or wounds from the equipment may occur. And lastly, it is important to wear safety gloves and good rubber shoes with grip to keep yourself safe and secure from any mishaps.
P.S. This video might help to guide you to do your bathtub drain stopper replacement job easily: