Help with Kohler lift and turn tub drain

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  1. chasgynonc

    chasgynonc New Member

    Oct 1, 2008
    near Charleston, SC
    Two out of 3 Kohler lift and turn drains in my 3 yr old home have either lost the internal screw or become interminably clogged. Normally, I can remove the small handle on top to get to a screw to remove the drains, but with this Kohler lift and turn there is no screw below to allow the drain to be pulled out. Any help on how to remove this type of drain?
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2008
  2. Gerard

    Gerard New Member

    Jan 19, 2009
    Lift and turn tub drains with no set screws

    I also have Kohler bath fixtures in my 3 year old remodel. Is this the life span of these things?

    I was lost, lost, lost, like you, for months and months, despite much googling. Finally I found the answer.

    Most lift and turn tub drains have a set screw. In fact, everything you read makes it sound like they ALL do. You can find the set screw if you look just underneath the stopper with a flashlight -- you have to get pretty friendly with your drain. Make absolutely sure you do not have a set screw hiding under that stopper before you proceed with what I did.

    But some stoppers actually have no set screw. How do you get them off? Lift the stopper part way up (all the way up and it spins around freely; part way up and it will not turn, providing the "resistance" for you to screw against) and then turn it counter-clockwise. This will unscrew the stopper from the rod that connects it to the drain.

    This worked like a charm on my clogged drain. It took a lot more work on the one that was simply broken (the stopper would not stay up). The locking pin in that one had fallen out, so the stopper would turn endlessly and never lock, which meant that I could never unscrew it. After much struggle, I managed to jam what was effectively an awl into the hole where the missing pin was supposed to go, causing it to lock in place sufficiently, and then unscrew the stopper from that rod.

    Now I have to figure out how to replace that missing pin.
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  4. Brunelle

    Brunelle New Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Gerard, thank you

    Gerard, whoever you are, thanks for the info -- we had this exact same problem in our house, and we spent way too long on Google trying to figure out what to do. This worked quickly and perfectly. For others, I'll repeat: if your lift-and-turn drain plug doesn't have a set screw, try lifting it just a bit -- an eighth of an inch or so -- and turning counterclockwise against the resistance. The top ought to come off in a few rotations. Then you can flip a coin with your housemate to see who gets to remove the gunk in the pipe.
  5. who

    who New Member

    Jan 4, 2010
    Southeast USA
    Gerard thank you. I have looked for a set screw. I tried to the two channel lock pliers method and could not figure it out. Your instructions made it easy and it worked like a charm. Sorry to hear about your broken pin.
  6. diyhandyman

    diyhandyman New Member

    Dec 24, 2010
    Set Screw for Kolher lift and turn tub drain

    Thanks for the help on this site. My Kohler tub stopper has a set screw that fixes the chrome stopper to a brass post that threads into the drain. The set screw worked loose and was lost down the drain. I unscrewed the brass post out of the drain (counterclockwise) and then took the assembly to the hardware store where I found a new set screw. The size is 8-32 x 1/4. I put PTFE tape around the set screw to make sure it wouldn't work loose again and then reinstalled the assembly. Everything is good again.
  7. diynewbie

    diynewbie New Member

    Jan 19, 2011
    I too have a Kohler tub with a lift and turn drain stopper.. I am struggling to remove the set-secrew to de-clog the drain. The set screw seems to be a brass one and easily stripps off when trying to unscrew using any regular screw drivers.. I would appreciate any advice to remove the stopper and de-clog the drain and I would like to replace the screw with a stainless steel one so that it doesn't strip in the future .. The space is so narrow (about 1/4") between the tub floor and the lifted drain that even insertnig a screw driver is a PIB (pain in the b..t).. .. Please help..
  8. DIYIlliterate

    DIYIlliterate New Member

    May 15, 2011
    Tempe, AZ
    Thank you Gerard!

    I love you!

    I have been trying to figure this out for 2 hours.
    I'm not going to lie, I was literally crying in my bathtub; I had given up all hope lol.
    I visited countless websites!

  9. squirrelyone

    squirrelyone New Member

    May 18, 2011
    Columbus, Ohio

    Gerard, I signed up for this forum just so I could thank you. I'd been going at my drain (I live in a rental house, so I had no idea of my make or model beyond the lift-and-turn part) with pliers and screwdrivers and kitchen knives (don't ask), but all to no avail. In the end, I still needed pliers, just because the thing was so old and grimy that it was the only way to get a good enough grip on it to remove it, but lifting it just a little bit like you suggested worked beautifully. At last I was able to chisel off the years' worth of lime buildup just beneath the drain. SO much buildup. At first, I though the drain *did* have the screw just underneath, but no - that was a sediment deposit.

    The little victories in making a house livable. :)

    I know the original post was old, but it's still extremely helpful!

  10. Kimmy1975

    Kimmy1975 New Member

    May 27, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Omgosh! Thanks so much. I have been having such an issue trying to figure out how to remove my bathtub stopper. I have searched the internet and watched SO many videos. I finally came across your post and it worked!!! :) Thanks so very much for posting this! I was beginning to think it was a lost cause! lol
  11. jmscott600

    jmscott600 New Member

    Aug 26, 2011
    Lafayette, Ga
    Gerald i also lost the lock pin too and i still can't get the stopper out, how did you get something widget in the hole

  12. Alton

    Alton New Member

    Nov 18, 2011
    By the lake in Florida
    I had the pin break off and leave the threaded part in the drain basket. Do you know where to get the pin.
  13. Melanie_Lee

    Melanie_Lee New Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    British Columbia
    Please help. I also have a Kohler bath tub with a lift and turn drain stopper having a set screw underneath. I was able to remove the stopper and then I put it back in by using a Philips driver on the set screw. But the problem is that now the stopper became loose once re-assembled to the brass post that threads into the drain. It doesn't have a fixed position any more like it used to do before. I rotated it counter-clockwise and removed the set screw. So I tried turning the stopper clockwise, but it doesn't seem to work. How can I make a firm fix of my stopper? It moves like a tooth that is about to fall out...
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