Old Crane bathtub stopper - HOW to remove it?
I want to remove the drain stopper from my Crane 1950s vintage bathtub drain. I want to fish out the hairball from below the stopper. Everything works fine - the stopper raises and lowers with the handle, but I can't figure out how to remove it! Removing the raising/lowering handle exposes the overflow tube and the shaft that operates the stopper. The stopper raises when I lift the shaft (not opposite). The shaft is a solid copper rod so it cannot be withdrawn through the overflow tube opening. The stopper won't unthread, or lift straight out. I don't want to disassemble the whole drain if I can avoid it. Any help would be appreciated.
Crane Bathtub Waste Assembly
Some older bathtub waste assemblies have the linkage inside the overflow and the bathtub shoe that are an integral part of it, this might be the case. Usually a 1/4" snake cable will by-pass the linkage and jump the trap to properly clean the drain line.
In your situation without a drain cleaning machine, stuff a wet rag into the overflow, and use a plunger with strong push/pull thrusts to break up the hairball or retrieve it from the bathtub drain oulet.