How to Remove a Shower Drain Cover Plate That Doesn't Have Screws

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Things You'll Need

  • Needle-nose pliers

  • Spray lubricant

The majority of strainers are held in place with one or two screws or adhesive.

The standard shower drain is held in place with a screw driven through the center into a lower support. Other drain covers connect with no visible screws or support media. The basic type of drain cover, a snap-on cover, connects by simply snapping the drain cover into place onto the drain. The snap-on variety may be held in place with some silicone adhesive so it will require force to pull it free. The other type screws into place. It is a little more difficult to remove but can be done quickly by following these steps.

Step 1

Spray some spray lubricant along the lip of the drain cover. Allow the lubricant to settle into the threads for a few minutes.

Step 2

Insert the ends of a pair of needle-nose pliers into any of the openings on the drain cover. The pointed ends should be on opposite sides of the drain.

Step 3

Hold a pliers firmly with one hand per grip and twist to the left. Screw-in type strainers and those that are held in place with industrial adhesive will slowly come free. Spray more lubricant as necessary.


If you are unsure of which type of drain you have, use the steps outlined in the article. Snap-on varieties will pop free with the same rotational force as the screw-in varieties.

John Walker

John Walker started a writing career with technical manuals in the Army in 1995. He continued writing manuals and standards of operating procedures for various employers specializing in information technology, office products, auto mechanics and home repair. He graduated with a degree in Global Business Management in 2010.