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Bathroom Sink Stopper Problem


pivot rodHave you ever lifted up the bathroom sink stopper and it just doesn’t move? There could be a couple of reasons for this.

In most cases, when you want to stop the flow of water, you lift up on the handle. There is a pivot rod in the drain assembly that acts like a see-saw. When you lift the handle, it pulls one end of the pivot rod up and forces the other end (the one connected to the sink stopper) to go down.  In most cases, if the sink stopper isn’t moving, the end of the pivot rod has corroded and needs to be replaced. There are a few other reasons like either the pivot rod has become separated from the lift handle, or even that the stopper is broken where the pivot rod connects to it.

Check the connections first, and then remove the cap nut that holds the pivot rod in place. Pull out the pivot rod and check the end. It is usually about 1 inch long, but it will likely be corroded and the end will have broken off. There are 2 sizes and so bring the old one with you to find a replacement. If things at the drain don’t look so good, you might even consider replacing the entire drain assembly, which costs about $15.00, and it will have all of the parts you need.



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