Below is a video of a bathtub trip lever or bathtub stopper being removed, adjusted, and installed.
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This is an easy way to update or give your bathroom a new look for not a lot of money or to replace a discolored or non functioning trip lever or bath tub stopper.
First a good idea is to cover the drain with a towel or face cloth to stop parts from entering the drain.
Next remove the two screws either flat or Philips that secure the trip lever face plate to the tub.
With those loose pull the face plate up and away from the tub with the linkage and plunger. You maybe need to jiggle the link around to get it completely out.
Once it is out well take needle nose pliers and remove the cotter pin that holds the face plate to the linkage. They do make replacement face plates in whatever finish you would like and also have linkages. Everything you need to install a new set up if yours is damaged.
Next we will install the new face plate to the linkage using the new cotter pin. Make sure to bend the ends of the cotter pin to secure it in place.
While you have it out it is a good idea to adjust the linkage if your tub drains slowly and the drain is clear it might be because the plunger is too far down so you might want to raise it up. If your tub does not hold water you want to lower the plunger.
Next insert the plunger and linkage back into the overflow drain and jiggle it down until the trip level is flush against the tub wall as before. Keep in mind you want the thicker part of the face plate on the top as the open end is where the water goes into to enter the over flow.
Next install the two screws either flat or Philips and secure the trip level face plate back to the tub. Make sure they are snug as these screws are what pull the gasket on the overflow pipe towards the tub to make the seal.
Next remove the cloth covering the drain and fill the tub with about 2 inches of water to see if the stopper is correctly adjusted. If it does not hold water or drains slowly you will need to take it back out an readjust the plunger in small increments until you have it functioning correctly.
That is it you have replaced or adjusted your tub trip lever or tub stopper.
If the plunger is stuck you can use PB blaster and spray that into the over flow hole and let it sit for an hour or so. Then try again to pull out the linkage/ plunger with a pair of needle nose pliers. If it will not come out you will need to remove the trap. If your house is newer like the one in the picture (trap /w a slip joint and a hub) above you can just remove the two nuts that the BLACK ARROWS are pointing towards and then remove the trap. If you have an older house or your trap is a glue up style you will need to take a hacksaw and cut it out. Once you have the trap removed next take a long 3/8 inch extension or long round punch and slide it up into the brass part WHITE ARROWS. Next take a decent size hammer and tap the end of the extension upwards into the brass part. It should pop the stopper loose, you might have to hold the extension up and have someone grab it from inside the bath tub. Once you have it out you will want to clean the corrosion off the barrel or replace it with a new tub linkage/ plunger. Once you have the cleaned/ new linkage installed an all set you can then reinstall the two nuts and the trap or re-glue the trap back into place. If you can’t use the old one will need to buy a new glue in style trap and glue it in. Test it for leaks and adjust the linkage if you need to and you should be good to go.