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#4690076 - 03/09/18 10:21 PM Anyone replaced a pop-up drain?
y_p_w Offline


Registered: 05/06/05
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Loc: SF Bay Area
Previously I mentioned that I was looking to fix a brass P-trap in the bathroom sink. It was still leaking after I replaced all the washers and even after I got a brass nut to replace what seemed like a weak zinc nut. I wanted to replace it anyways but that apparently wasn't the source of the leak.

So I traced it to the pop-up drain tube. It's kind of old and probably needed replacement a while ago. There's basically no plumber's putty left between the lip/sink. Also it looks like it's been repaired before. There was a 1-1/4" 17 gauge brass tube (looks newer than the rest of the drain assembly) in there that was inserted into drain tube and held in place with some sort of sealant that was breaking down. After I pulled it out I couldn't get it back in.

So I'm trying to remove it and it's a huge pain. I don't have any tongue and groove (i.e. Channel-Lock) pliers which would help releasing the nut. My dad might have one I can borrow. I'm using a pipe wrench, which is kind of awkward since it's heavy and a bit long. I won't be able to slip it all the way off because there's the place where the pop-up ball/rod goes in and is held in with a screw cap. And I'm jamming a screwdriver in the ball/rod hole to get leverage and that's damaged beyond repair. But the hard part seems to be that the lip is held on with some screwed-in mechanism and it's got gunk and corrosion. So far I haven't gotten it loose/high enough that I can maybe use pliers on it. It does seem to have some sort of fluted edges where I might be able to use pliers or a wrench.

The assembly is similar to this.

https://www.danco.com/product/brass-pop-up-assembly-in-chrome/



I'm thinking of replacing it with something that doesn't require a rod. But right now my problem is getting the original one off.

My wife is kind of angry at me now since we can't use the sink. I think I can replace it once I can figure out how to remove it. Any suggestions for what to replace it with? I'm thinking maybe a different kind of pop-up drain or maybe one of those ones with a stopper that twists.

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#4690101 - 03/09/18 11:05 PM Re: Anyone replaced a pop-up drain? [Re: y_p_w]
andyd Offline


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How big of a deal would it be to undo the supplies at the shut offs and lift out the sink? That is what I need to do. I just cant get a good working stance to work under the sink and I have a wedge fit between the shower partition and the outside wall. The vanity and faux marble sink top are 25 yrs and getting shabby.So the whole shebang needs to be replaced. But I digress, The shiny chrome plated, paper thin, brass tube is a wear item. About a 10 yr change interval. PVC is a better application
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#4690105 - 03/09/18 11:11 PM Re: Anyone replaced a pop-up drain? [Re: y_p_w]
bruckus Offline


Registered: 02/27/10
Posts: 299
Loc: Minnesota
You have to get that nut loose. They make a special wrench that makes it easy, like a crowsfoot with a long extension. Channelocks should work fine. Once that nut is loose you turn the whole pipe which is threaded into the fitting that is in the sink, where your stopper goes. The nut does not have to come all of the ways off. Get it off and go to Home depot or something a get new. Not very expensive for all new setup.

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#4690113 - 03/09/18 11:15 PM Re: Anyone replaced a pop-up drain? [Re: y_p_w]
spasm3 Offline


Registered: 05/30/10
Posts: 8646
Loc: North Carolina
If you own a home, you need to have some channellock pliers around. $22 for a set of 2 USA made.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Channellock-...GLS-1/100029000





Edited by spasm3 (03/09/18 11:15 PM)
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#4690118 - 03/09/18 11:25 PM Re: Anyone replaced a pop-up drain? [Re: andyd]
y_p_w Offline


Registered: 05/06/05
Posts: 3650
Loc: SF Bay Area
Originally Posted By: andyd
How big of a deal would it be to undo the supplies at the shut offs and lift out the sink? That is what I need to do. I just cant get a good working stance to work under the sink and I have a wedge fit between the shower partition and the outside wall. The vanity and faux marble sink top are 25 yrs and getting shabby.So the whole shebang needs to be replaced. But I digress, The shiny chrome plated, paper thin, brass tube is a wear item. About a 10 yr change interval. PVC is a better application

It's a complete vanity that's attached to the wall. It was built with a tile top and the sink is caulked/glued in. This thing is definitely not coming out unless I'm willing to replace the entire vanity. It would be easy if I could just screw off the lip, but it's brass on brass, there's buildup (gunk and light corrosion) on the threads, and I can't get any leverage on it since I can't pull it out.

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#4690120 - 03/09/18 11:26 PM Re: Anyone replaced a pop-up drain? [Re: spasm3]
y_p_w Offline


Registered: 05/06/05
Posts: 3650
Loc: SF Bay Area
Originally Posted By: spasm3
If you own a home, you need to have some channellock pliers around. $22 for a set of 2 USA made.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Channellock-...GLS-1/100029000




That's what I was thinking. My dad might have some I can borrow. However, the instructions I've seen recommend the kind with straight jaws.

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#4690139 - 03/10/18 12:45 AM Re: Anyone replaced a pop-up drain? [Re: bruckus]
y_p_w Offline


Registered: 05/06/05
Posts: 3650
Loc: SF Bay Area
I finally got the nut off a bit more using a pipe wrench. I was trying to cut off the gasket but could only get part of the way through. I figured if I could pull it off I could push the assembly further up and get room to try and get a tool or my fingers in there. However, it was easy enough to unscrew the lip when it was high enough. I've finally got it off and I think I know how to get a new one on.

Oh - that piece of pipe actually broke off. When I pulled it out it didn't slide out like I thought. It was already cracked (which is why it was leaking) and just broke off when I thought I was sliding it out. When I had the whole assembly off I could tell that the edges matched. So that was an integral part of the drain assembly and I basically had to replace the whole thing anyways.

I'm not exactly sure how old it is other than it's pretty old. The brand name on the brass tube is "Stanadyne" which I understand is a company that was broken up a long time ago and sold its plumbing business, which included the Moen brand. It's got to be at least 30 years old, if not older.

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#4690244 - 03/10/18 07:05 AM Re: Anyone replaced a pop-up drain? [Re: y_p_w]
spasm3 Offline


Registered: 05/30/10
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Loc: North Carolina
Its also handy to have one of these.

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#4690263 - 03/10/18 07:37 AM Re: Anyone replaced a pop-up drain? [Re: y_p_w]
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Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 29747
Loc: NY
I've done them, having the proper wrench is a big help. With it the job is pretty straight forward.
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#4690276 - 03/10/18 07:53 AM Re: Anyone replaced a pop-up drain? [Re: y_p_w]
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Considering the price of houses in the Bay area you probably just increased your value $25K!

Good job sticking with it, let us know how the install goes and what you put in.
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#4690307 - 03/10/18 08:38 AM Re: Anyone replaced a pop-up drain? [Re: y_p_w]
SHOZ Offline


Registered: 06/28/03
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Loc: Illinois
I use to go through them about every ten years due I think to the soft water. I ended up just using a rubber plug.
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#4690309 - 03/10/18 08:42 AM Re: Anyone replaced a pop-up drain? [Re: y_p_w]
Tdbo Offline


Registered: 08/18/09
Posts: 3225
Loc: Ohio
Get yourself a pair of Channelocks. It makes the job easier, plus there are many household uses for that plier.
I had to replace one last week. Took me 15 min. with a pair of Channelocks. The only problem with the set up pictured is that it took another 15-20 minutes to adjust the pull-up rod to the drain plug, so that the sink would drain while open.
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#4690330 - 03/10/18 09:03 AM Re: Anyone replaced a pop-up drain? [Re: Tdbo]
y_p_w Offline


Registered: 05/06/05
Posts: 3650
Loc: SF Bay Area
Originally Posted By: Tdbo
Get yourself a pair of Channelocks. It makes the job easier, plus there are many household uses for that plier.
I had to replace one last week. Took me 15 min. with a pair of Channelocks. The only problem with the set up pictured is that it took another 15-20 minutes to adjust the pull-up rod to the drain plug, so that the sink would drain while open.

My wife wants a replacement like the old one. Home Depot doesnít have the Danco one in stock - in store or online. Amazon has it for $16, but Iím not waiting. Iíll check out local hardware stores and HD to see what they have.

And after it was out I got a chance to clean out the overflow. There were a couple of things my kid had shoved into the overflow, which has a pretty wide slot opening. One was a flexible plastic business card from a local library. I vaguely remember my wife mentioned that our kid was shoving things in there a few years ago. There was also a thick layer of sludge build up. I guess thatís what happens when itís moist but there isnít direct water flow to wash it away.

So far Iíve scraped a bit of skin, bruised my arm, and cut my fingers with the slightly jagged (from corrosion) edge of the drain lip. I donít know if itís worth it, but it still beats paying a professional $200 to do it.

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#4690373 - 03/10/18 09:55 AM Re: Anyone replaced a pop-up drain? [Re: SHOZ]
yeti Offline


Registered: 10/31/05
Posts: 1181
Loc: windsor, ontario, canada.
Originally Posted By: SHOZ
I use to go through them about every ten years due I think to the soft water. I ended up just using a rubber plug.


^^ this.
pop up's, at some point, screw up/leak.just remove the rod (with the white ball), pull out the stopper, and replace the rod.the rubber plug is the best way to go.
you say that the wife wants the same replacement.then get her to help you do the job, and maybe she will break a nail. that will be the end of pop up stoppers.
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#4690377 - 03/10/18 09:59 AM Re: Anyone replaced a pop-up drain? [Re: y_p_w]
Tdbo Offline


Registered: 08/18/09
Posts: 3225
Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: y_p_w
Originally Posted By: Tdbo
Get yourself a pair of Channelocks. It makes the job easier, plus there are many household uses for that plier.
I had to replace one last week. Took me 15 min. with a pair of Channelocks. The only problem with the set up pictured is that it took another 15-20 minutes to adjust the pull-up rod to the drain plug, so that the sink would drain while open.

My wife wants a replacement like the old one. Home Depot doesnít have the Danco one in stock - in store or online. Amazon has it for $16, but Iím not waiting. Iíll check out local hardware stores and HD to see what they have.

And after it was out I got a chance to clean out the overflow. There were a couple of things my kid had shoved into the overflow, which has a pretty wide slot opening. One was a flexible plastic business card from a local library. I vaguely remember my wife mentioned that our kid was shoving things in there a few years ago. There was also a thick layer of sludge build up. I guess thatís what happens when itís moist but there isnít direct water flow to wash it away.

So far Iíve scraped a bit of skin, bruised my arm, and cut my fingers with the slightly jagged (from corrosion) edge of the drain lip. I donít know if itís worth it, but it still beats paying a professional $200 to do it.


It is really a straightforward job. The tough part is getting the plug adjusted with the pull rod.
I have done several over the years. I generally spend the 4 or 5 bucks, buy one of the PVC kits and replace the rest while I am spending the time reassembling the drain. Then I am good for quite a while.
Something that I found out a long time ago: get yourself a good set of basic tools. Not only will they make the job easier and more pleasurable, they will more than pay for themselves over the years. Best of luck with the job.
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