How do I remove the drain plug from the shower tub?
I feel silly asking this question. I feel like this should be common knowledge.
I was instructed by the plumber about six months ago on how to remove the plug when he installed it. Yet, despite my best efforts, I cannot unscrew this thing. And I need to gain access to the drain so I can perform some maintenance on it.
The plug is attached by a screw to the shower tub drain. Right now it spins in its place freely, allowing the plug to be either up (allow water to pass through) or down (plug drain to fill up the tub).
- Unscrewing in the up position, both counter-clockwise and clockwise; no dice.
- Unscrewing in the down position, in both directions. Would not budge an inch, since there's a tab that inserts itself into the drain cross-hatch (looks like an "X" when viewed from above) that prevents the plug from turning.
- Propping the drain plug upwards with my finger and turning it both directions (like you would do to a screw that spins in its place in a wall).
- Placing the plug in a half-up, half-down position, and turning it at that position in both directions.
- "Whipping" the plug in both directions (like you would a spinning top or dreidel) to see if it will unscrew.
All of my efforts proved fruitless. Am I doing something incorrectly? Is the plug just stuck in its threads?
You seemed to leave out a few details here for me to properly advise you on this issue. Like are you the property owner. Does your lease require you to do property maintenance. You simply state: "I was instructed by the plumber about six months ago on how to remove the plug when he installed it. Yet, despite my best efforts, I cannot unscrew this thing. And I need to gain access to the drain so I can perform some maintenance on it." I see that the plumber instructed you on the proper way to remove the plug. I see you have attempted to unscrew the plug, to no avail. I do not see anywhere in here or the rest of the question where the plumber advised you to remove it by unscrewing it, in either direction. I see in fact from your comment to mayer that you are not the property owner and that the property manager was in fact the one that called the plumber to begin with. that tells me that maintenance to the plumbing is not your responsibility. Attempting to resolve plumbing problems may even be against your lease. I would say the correct way for you to resolve this and to give the plumbing the proper maintenance is to call the property manager and inform them of the problem.