Bath plug stuck

Tried knife did not work.

Any ideas how to get this out?


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  • Slinky
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    Is it one that rocks over when you push one side? If so and it's got grit or dirt round it, get in there with a toothbrush and clean as much as you can, give it a push and you may find it give a bit. Keep cleaning and pushing at it. We had this problem if you washed your soil covered hands in a small basin.
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  • OrbitHeadache
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    edited 16 January at 9:59PM
    No it's the one below.

    No dirt around it, think it has been pushed to hard down maybe.


  • Slinky
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    Will it rotate and unscrew?
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  • OrbitHeadache
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    No it won't budge at all.
  • kimwp
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    When the one in my sink got stuck like this, I cleaned it until it was squeaky clean, then was able to use (also squeaky clean) washing up gloves to gain enough purchase to screw the top off. I could then clean the bit below to allow it to be pushed in and out again. 
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  • grumbler
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    edited 16 January at 10:37PM
    Is it a 'click-clack' one?
    Replace it with a proper one, the sooner, the better.

    ETA: if it wasn't under water, I'd suggest some glue or strong sticky tape with good adhesion. Some hybrid silicone sealants reportedly stick very well even under water.
  • mexican_dave
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    Is this "plug" a pop-up operated by turning the overflow cover? Not a suggestion to fix, yet, but only to understand the mechanism.
  • CliveOfIndia
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    If all else fails, you could try pushing it up from underneath.  If you remove the bath panel you should be able to get to the pipework reasonably easily.  Stick a bowl or shallow tray underneath to catch the water, unscrew the drain pipe, you should be able to then see the spindle and push it up.
    It's a bit of a faff but not too difficult, and might work if nothing else does :)
  • mexican_dave
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    CliveOfIndia says it's a bit of a faff, but if you are not a natural DIYer be careful not to lose the black neoprene washers if you undo the pipework -  specifically the "trap". These washers make the seals at the joints. 99% certain you will have plastic pipes, hand tighten only - using a wrench of some kind will cause the parts to "jump" the threads and fail to seal, causing a leak.
    How does the waste mechanism operate, maybe by turning the overflow cover? Just so I understand what you have.
  • daveyjp
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    Been there when the cable from the overflow became dislodged.

    Remove the water, as the weight of it pushes the plug in.

    You should then be able to use a thin blade such as Stanley knife of even better scalpel and push it into the edge of the plug enough to pop it open.

    If that fails you need to use strong adhesive tape , or glue something to it and pull it out.  If really desperate drill a hole and insert a screw to pull it out.
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