Guide for Lift and Turn Tub Drain Stopper

In this blog post, you’ll read:This drain stopper has a little handle on the top of the cap that you can twist to open and close the drain. The cork goes down and seals as you turn it a single way, and it lifts and opens. This channel plug has a middle setscrew that winds into a thread drain crossbar.

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This drain stopper has a little handle on the top of the cap that you can twist to open and close the drain. The cork goes down and seals as you turn it a single way, and it lifts and opens. This channel plug has a middle setscrew that winds into a thread drain crossbar. The set screw sits underneath the plug top cap. It can be difficult to remove if it is overtightened or left unopened for some time.


You can install the cork with a middle setscrew, and it won’t take you over a few minutes. Yet, removing it is trickier; pretentious you screw it too close during installation. Because of its simple mechanical plan, it rarely breakdowns. It is gaining entrance to the channel to clean it. Unblock it and clear the trash because the Setscrew unscrews from the thread.

Lift-and-Turn Stoppers Working

Lift-and-turn plugs open and closes through a bending movement with the hand. While shutting, a pin in the cork aligns with the notch in the channel. The plug then drops into place inside the drain. It locks, holding the cork set up when it turns more.

These corks deliver when turned by hand in the opposite direction. They tend not to be spring-stacked. However, pop back into the open position once the pin of the plug becomes unaligned with the channel’s notch.

lift drain stopper parts

Guide to Replace a Lift and Turn Bathtub Drain

The lift and turn channel do what its name surmises. You lift and turn the plug to open the drain and turn it in the opposite direction to close it. However, the lift and turn bath channel cork have fewer mechanical parts than the bath channels.

Like trip lever plunger stopper, over time, can sustain damage and become worn. When crack and wear happens, the bath will never again hold water. Need you to replace the lift and turn the channel.


Grab the handle on top of the channel cork. Pull up the channel fitting and turn it until it stays in the open or drains position. Check out the edge of the handle for a set screw. If the knob has a set screw, use a hex key or trim level head screwdriver to diminish the set screw. On the other hand, if your knob doesn’t have the set screw, turn the handle counterclockwise to stop it. It can be done to expose the brass insert underneath the handle.

Step 2

Remove down the brass insert by turning it counterclockwise with a level head screwdriver. Lift the drain cork from the drain body.

Step 3

Insert the end of tongue-and-groove plier handles into the opening in the lower part of the channel body. Thread the metal shaft of a rock-solid screwdriver between the pliers’ handles.

Step 4

Grab the closures of the Screwdriver with your hands. Use it as leverage to curve the channel body counterclockwise. Lift the first channel body from the bath and pull the first gasket from the bath channel opening.

lift open drainer

Step 5

Insert another tub channel gasket into the tub channel opening. Carry out a dainty rope of handyman’s putty about the thickness of a drinking straw. Long enough to fold over the replacement lift and turn the drain body.

Step 6

Wrap the putty rope around the new channel body, putting it against the underside of the channel lip. Implant the new channel body into the tub channel opening—Hand-tight the drain body by turning it clockwise.

Step 7

Embed the finishes of tongue-and-groove plier handles into the opening in the new channel body. Use the heavy-duty Screwdriver to turn the channel body; pliers clockwise until tight. Clear the enough handyman’s clay that slimes underneath the new channel body with an old cloth.

Step 8

Drop the new plug into the replacement drain body. Embed the new brass insert into the center of the pin and fixed it clockwise with a level head screwdriver. Screw the handle clockwise onto the brass insert.

Pros and Cons of Lift and Turn Tub Drain Stopper


  • Simple to clean due to a simple setscrew connection.
  • Easy to introduce, would it be suitable to purchase a replacement.
  • Simple design implies it rarely glitches.


  • Setscrew tricky to remove for repairs.
  • Probability of overtightening, which damages the setscrew thread.

How to Remove a Lift and Turn Drain Stopper Forever?

You can distinguish the lift and tub turn drain stopper by its small thread knob on top of the pin. It’s similar to a push and pulls the plug. The only difference from the knob of push & pull, which is fixed for the users to push the cork down and pull it up.

What You’ll Need

  • Pliers
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Screwdriver
  • Replacement channel cork

Remove the Drain Stopper Knob

To remove the lift and turn the channel stopper, ensure the water is close to avoid wet. Observe a round knob on the top of the channel plug. It could be along either the edge or side of the channel. Turn the plug counterclockwise until it comes free.

Pull up on the handle while turning it counterclockwise to remove it. A screw under the water will stop the brass insert channel plug. Turn counterclockwise to unscrew the screw and pull up on it. There is one more plate or cover under, so ensure you don’t scratch your sink while removing it.

lift cap drainer
lift cap drainer

Unscrew the Drain Stopper Bolt

To do this, you will need a flathead screwdriver and Allan wrench. Unscrew the channel stopper bolt from the threaded opening. Use the flathead screwdriver and Allen wrench to pull the screw from the middle. Don’t pull off the whole screw to remove the stopper. The cork can fall down the channel on the off if using the entire screw.

Inspect and Clean

After pulling off the drain stopper and pivoting it counterclockwise, the time has come to examine what could need. If there are any breaks, corrosion, scratches, or other damage on the metal pieces of your channel stopper, try to replace them with new metal parts.

Pro tip: You might need to change the screw pressure on the stem when you reinstall everything to get a proper seal.


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