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How to Replace a Tub Stopper

The bathtub drain stopper is what keeps the water in the tub while you bathe. If the stopper isn’t working, the water will not all stay in the tub, which is frustrating. Using a replacement tub stopper can fix the drainage problem in your tub as long as you install it correctly.

Things You Will Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers

The bathtub drain stopper is what keeps the water in the tub while you bathe.  If the stopper isn’t working, the water will not all stay in the tub, which is frustrating.

Using a replacement tub stopper can fix the drainage problem in your tub as long as you install it correctly. 

  1. Measure the size of your drain with a tape measure so you can determine the correct-sized replacement stopper.
  2. Remove the old bathtub drain stopper. If it is a rubber stopper, pull it out of the drain. If it’s attached to a chain, unscrew the back of the chain from the inside and remove the old stopper from the chain. If it is a metal press-in stopper, unscrew it from your drain with your fingers or pliers.
  3. Place the new rubber stopper on the chain and screw it in place. Screw the new metal press in stopper into your drain with your fingers or pliers.

Things You Will Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers

About the Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.