How do I remove the drain plug from the shower tub?
I feel silly asking this question. I feel like this should be common knowledge.
I was instructed by the plumber about six months ago on how to remove the plug when he installed it. Yet, despite my best efforts, I cannot unscrew this thing. And I need to gain access to the drain so I can perform some maintenance on it.
The plug is attached by a screw to the shower tub drain. Right now it spins in its place freely, allowing the plug to be either up (allow water to pass through) or down (plug drain to fill up the tub).
- Unscrewing in the up position, both counter-clockwise and clockwise; no dice.
- Unscrewing in the down position, in both directions. Would not budge an inch, since there's a tab that inserts itself into the drain cross-hatch (looks like an "X" when viewed from above) that prevents the plug from turning.
- Propping the drain plug upwards with my finger and turning it both directions (like you would do to a screw that spins in its place in a wall).
- Placing the plug in a half-up, half-down position, and turning it at that position in both directions.
- "Whipping" the plug in both directions (like you would a spinning top or dreidel) to see if it will unscrew.
All of my efforts proved fruitless. Am I doing something incorrectly? Is the plug just stuck in its threads?