Touch Down Drain Stuck

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  1. Gerri

    Gerri New Member

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    In my previous post I called the drain the wrong name--duh. Sorry. That tells you how little I know about plumbing. It's a touch down drain that's stuck closed. Any suggestions on how to fix this would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Gerri
  2. Reach4

    Reach4 Active Member

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    Doesn't look like any tricks have appeared. I presume you have tried pushing while turning. Maybe you could pull the piece, turn it upside down, and pour in your favorite limescale remover.

    Looking up "touch down drain" shows that they have a replaceable assembly that seems to incorporate the drain stopper and the tailpiece. It seems to be a Danze term. I also find the term "pop up drain" for items that look similar. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Vigo-Pop-up-Drain-with-Overflow-in-Chrome-VG16002CH/202863522 Also "umbrella drain" looks like it might be compatible. http://www.homedepot.com/p/DANCO-Brushed-Nickel-Umbrella-Drain-Less-Overflow-89467/100533760
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    There are several different models of push down drains, so we would have to see yours to tell which way it operates.
  4. Smooky

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  5. Gerri

    Gerri New Member

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    You're right, Reach. It's Danze & came with the faucet. I pushed down, but didn't turn. There's not much play in it to turn. Thanks!
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2014
  6. Gerri

    Gerri New Member

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  7. Gerri

    Gerri New Member

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    Hi Smooky,

    Replacing it is the only option. How do I remove it?

    Thanks,
    Gerri
  8. ImOld

    ImOld New Member

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    Are you really in VA and if so why are messing with the plumbing in the early AM?:)

    If it were me, I would ask myself, does it drain at all?

    If so, I would pour, as already mentioned, some lime scale remover or similar product into the drain and let it sit for awhile and see if that frees it up.

    If that doesn't work, I would take a pair of channelock pliers and see if I could turn the stopper and release it.

    Failing that, I would just remove the whole assembly and deal with it at my leisure.

    I looked at the installation PDF and it is a standard procedure for any sink drain.

    The removable pop-up cartridge is probably just a metal spring assembly which I would expect to fail after a time from corrosion or trapped whatever.
  9. Gerri

    Gerri New Member

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    Hi ImOld,

    Yea, I'm really in VA. Messing with it because it's driving me nuts how it won't budge:) I've tried everything I could think of to slip under to release it, but nothing is thin enough.

    It doesn't drain at all. Man, it's a tight fit. Can't use pliers. There's nothing to grab on to. You're right, removing the whole thing is the way to go. I called Danze & they're sending a new one. Excellent customer service.

    I appreciate everyone's help!

    Thanks,
    Gerri
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