Bathroom Sink Pop-up Plunger Fix

Introduction: Bathroom Sink Pop-up Plunger Fix

At our house the bathroom sink pop-up plunger keeps working it’s way off the lift rod. What a pain to keep fixing. This Simple hack has worked for months now.

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Step 1: Find a Nut Larger Than You Lift Rod.

The lift rod makes the pop-up, pop up. This rod is not very big but I have never measured one. I think the nut I found in my miscellaneous box was 5/16”. It was also wide enough to drill and tap a 1/4” tap I already had.

Step 2: Drill and Tap

It is easy these days to find a drill and tap combination bit. I already had one for another project. It is 1/4” with 20 threads per inch. If you have to by one, make sure you have a screw to fit it. Make sure you hold the nut to be tapped in a vice. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO HOLD IT.

Step 3: Test the Fit

Make sure the bolt fits the tap.

Step 4: Almost There

The bolt should lock down tight on the lift rod. Before you crawl under the sink test the fit on the end of a drill bit.

Step 5: Under the Sink

Place the clevis back on the lift rod. Make sure the keeper goes on first, then capture the clevis with the other end. Place your new threaded nut on the end and tighten. Crawl back out and pat yourself on the back. You shouldn’t need to go back there for a long time.

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    13 Discussions

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    snowf7
    snowf7

    22 days ago

    I am hoping that I never need to use this information. I hate this plunger type of sink stopper. They always seem to come apart. We just had new sinks installed recently and I am hoping I am wrong, but it looks like they are going to give us trouble. The one only opens enough to let the sink drain very, very slowly. You get my vote. I wish I could vote twice. Good luck in the contest and thank-you from our house and everyone else who has been frustrated by these mechanisms.

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    lsatch
    lsatch

    Reply 21 days ago

    You would think that in 2020 someone could come up with a better system. You can adjust the height of the stopper by moving the clevis forward or backwards, you may need to change or adjust the part that comes from the top too. I’m not a plumber, just a homeowner hack. Thanks for the vote.

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    snowf7
    snowf7

    Reply 20 days ago

    I showed it to my husband, who although is not a plumber either, is very handy. He took a look at it and found that the bottom of the plunger/plug has ridges/fins that are rubbing/catching. They will wear down with time and it will work properly. If we get frustrated before that happens, he will take it apart and file/sand them down. Thank you for your reply and good luck with the contest.

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    lsatch
    lsatch

    Reply 19 days ago

    Thanks, that’s interesting and great information. Thanks for voting.

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    Alex in NZ
    Alex in NZ

    6 weeks ago

    I've always hated these devices with a passion. If you have found a way of making the wretched things work reliably, then you have my heartiest congratulations. Well done, and thank you for sharing your work :-)

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    zolv
    zolv

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Same here! I hate when this device somehow slips or bends and doesn't work anymore. I spent hours to make it reliably working. It's hard to reach the place, it's wet and dirty.

    To the author - good job!

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    lsatch
    lsatch

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Thanks, I hate it to, tight spaces, I could never be a plumber.

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    Okaysure
    Okaysure

    5 weeks ago

    Hello! Didn’t know this was a fixable issue! (We bought a house with a drain like this that “doesn’t work”)
    If we don’t have the bit, would it be cheaper for us to buy a pre-tapped bolt and matching screw? What would you call that (I always sound like an idiot asking for little parts in the hardware store)?
    I’m a little unclear on what exactly to do here, because I don’t know any of the terminology. Some of it is apparent from context, but I’d have to google a few terms (“clevis??”) to know what exactly to put where.
    A little diagram showing the different parts (and maybe even where they go) would help me a whole lot 😊

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    lsatch
    lsatch

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    I replied to this yesterday. Did you get my reply or did I mess up?

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    lsatch
    lsatch

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    In the picture you’re missing a couple of parts, critical parts. I’m not sure you can buy replacement parts or not. You need the connecting part, the part with the holes in it and the clevis. The only thing I can recommend is to take this picture with you to either a hardware store, like Ace or Home Depot or Lowe’s and see if you can buy the missing parts. You may have to just replace the faucet, sorry.

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    Okaysure
    Okaysure

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Got it! Thank you! That info helped a lot 😊

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    lsatch
    lsatch

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    I’ll try to help. I uploaded a picture but on my screen it’s very small. The hardware store will not have what I made. They will have everything you need. If you have an electric drill, either corded or battery you can do this. The clevis is the part that goes over the arm that moves the plug up and down. The part with the holes in it connects the part on top that you pull to make the plug go up and down. The first thing you need to do is “capture” the connecting rod between the clevis. Once you get that you need to play with it until you are happy with the action of the plug.

    Now then. If you show the picture of the part I made, they may have something similar in the electrical section, maybe something that connects wire, I don’t know. If you want to make the part I made, get a nut big enough to fit over the rod that moves the plug. Then ask for a tap set. They come in many sizes. Just make sure it will fit within the width of the nut. Ask for a thumb screw or hex bolt that fits the size tap you have.

    Hope is helps, let me know if you have any more questions.

    Larry

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    Okaysure
    Okaysure

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    I have more questions...

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