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musicteacherAugust 29, 2013

My tub has a drain plug that lifts about 1/2 inch to drain but does not come all the way out. It is clogged now and I can't get in there to clean it out. Any ideas?

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snoonyb

If you push it down to engage it, it unscrews.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2013 at 8:44AM
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klem1

If you cover the overflow with a wet cloth while plunging the drain,that may do the trick without removing the stopper. The proper way to use a plunger is. Push down slowly then pull up smarty to begain. Progressivly increase the speed of down and up.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2013 at 1:54PM
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roof35

This is a different version of what Klem1 posted, but basically the same principle.

Make sure the trap is full, cover the overflow with a _wet_ cloth, use a wet/dry vac to vacuum the trap. Refill trap with water, vacuum again. You must cover the overflow with a _wet_ cloth, and make sure you refill the trap each time b/4 vacuuming.

Some plumber told me that one many years ago, it works.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2013 at 4:37PM
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HandyMac

Go to a Home Depot(other home improvement stores may have a similar product) and get the item linked.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hair snare

    Bookmark   August 29, 2013 at 5:57PM
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toxcrusadr

If it's the types that looks like a big spring-loaded button with a rubber seal around it, it does unscrew as mentioned above. The problem I always have is that the metal X bar that it screws into the center of, is a hair trap x 4. You have to unscrew the thing and remove it, then get long nose pliers or a hemostat to pull out the hair that's draped over the X. You will be shocked and disgusted at how much is hanging down into the drain.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2013 at 6:37PM
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Fori is not pleased

That thing Handymac linked is awesome for hair (we have a lot of long hair in the household). You might still have to take the thingie off for best declogging.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2013 at 3:13PM
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