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How to Replace a Pop-Up Drain
Featured Pro: Eric Stromer Category: Home Improvement Time: 3:00
ERIC STROMER: Hey, I’m Eric Stromer. And in this GMC Trade Secret, I’m going to show you how to replace the pop-up drain in your bathroom sink. Now, it may seem complicated, but all you really need is a screwdriver, adjustable pliers and some plumber’s putty. Come on.
So to demonstrate the whole aspect of a pop-up drain assembly, I thought I’d show you the back side of the sink. It really gives you a clear understanding of what’s going on here.
First I’m going to take some plumber’s putty and apply it to the underside of the flange. That’s the silver part or whatever finish you have in your bathroom. That’s what shows in the sink itself. So plumber’s putty comes in a container like this. It’s almost like Play-Doh or something. And you rub it like that in your hand and make a little snake. Get it nice and soft. Line the underside of this just like that.
What’s going to happen, when you fasten it down into the sink, it’s going to ooze out and you’ll take the excess off. This goes underneath and screws right in. And then to really snug everything up, you tighten this big nut underneath up onto the sink, and that really gets it all snug.
Okay, now that’s nice and tight. We just remove all that excess putty and that looks nice. We’re at our finish point. Now, the next step is to go ahead and take this ball joint lever and your stopper that goes in the sink. And keep in mind, this is going to be what it would be like in the drain. This feeds into that. When this pivots, the reason it is a ball joint assembly is it can move this up and down freely side to side and not be impeded at all.
So the next step is to install the ball joint lever and this at the same time, which is the stopper. This goes in the drain. You want to see it on the inside here. You can see the little hole where this goes into and feeds into it. That goes right in there. Then you screw that down. And you can see now that this works and operates up and down. So now we’re good to go.
Now we have to merge these two levers so when you push this down, it opens the drain; when you pull it up, it closes it. So to merge these two, we use this bracket. First thing to do is feed it up through this hole right here. Then you find a spot here where it’s going to open and close freely and give you enough ability to, in fact, do that. You want to have it open at its maximum height and then close tightly.
This clip goes on first, feeds into this hole. The clip gets reinstalled over the top. Again, that gives it the ability to have freedom back and forth, side to side. Now we just go ahead and tighten that down. Some of these actually come where you can hand-tighten them. Some you require a screwdriver to tighten it.
Now that all these are merged - everything’s tightened, this goes up and down, you can have it close, you can have it open effectively - you’ve got yourself a great pop-up drain assembly.