"Honey, I have some more bad news".
I hate hearing this from my husband. It usually means that something else in our house is broken.
Lately, we have been having a run of bad house luck. A toilet broke and had to be replaced. The downstairs bathroom floor has cracked and is coming up. My husband tripped while painting the upstairs hall, knocked over the ladder, and shattered the window.
We're bleeding cash.
This time, husband held up the little lever that drains the tub. It had been sticking for a while, and finally snapped right off instead of budging. Great.
Husband was all for calling a plumber. I was all for searching the internet. It turns out I could get the parts at Lowe's and probably do this myself. It's worth a try.
Plumbers are EXPENSIVE, and I will only call one under duress.
OFF TO LOWE'S!
(Yeah, I know. This blog is starting to look like a Lowe's commercial, but I swear I am not paid a dime by them.) (Not that I would mind if they wanted to pay me.) (Actually, I think I'd rather enjoy it.) (*hint hint*)
Sure. Okay. So long as there are instructions on the package.
I don't have a true before picture, as husband took it apart before I could get up there and start snapping. The above picture is the removed overflow plate and lever behind it.
Notice that the tub is still full? Yeah. That's because the trip lever broke before the drain opened. I grabbed the lever with pliers and pulled upward, disengaging the plug. The water was able to drain out and I could work.
I don't have pictures of the next part (where I removed the drain) as I was struggling and frustrated, but I can tell you how to do it.
1) Remove the screw holding the drain plate in place.
2) Underneath you will see is sort of cross (either metal or plastic) in the drain.
3) Put the handles of a pair of pliers in the cross, then twist to remove it.
Note: My plier's handles weren't narrow enough. I used the tips of the pliers instead.
So I just pull up this drain piece to look for what's blocking it...
I feel dirty even looking at this - like a need a bath. But clearly, after seeing this, I can never trust the bathtub again. Ever.
5) Thread the brand new shiny one in it's place.
6) Put some plumber's putty around the outside rim
7) Screw down the new drain plate.
The cotter pin attaches the back of the new trip lever to the piece coming out of the wall, and the screws attach the new overflow plate.
Actually, it was a much easier fix than I thought. Doesn't it look beautiful?
Kit cost = $30
Plummer's putty = $2
Total (after tax) = Around $35
Tell me. Have you ever spend only $35 on a plumber's visit? No? Didn't think so.