How to Remove Toe Tap Bathtub Stoppers

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Inspect the rubber grommet on the stopper's bottom before reinstalling the stopper. If the grommet is cracked or split, replace it with a new grommet.

Clearing a drain on a bathtub with a toe-tap stopper requires removing the stopper from the drain. Toe-tap stoppers look and work similar to lift-and-turn stoppers. One of the differences is that the toe-tap stoppers do not require a set screw to secure them to a drain. The stoppers thread into the drain. Removing a toe-tap bathtub stopper might require some force if the threads securing the stopper are damaged.

Step 1

Place a towel in the bottom of the bathtub to protect the tub's finish while you work. Working from inside a tub is less awkward than working while leaning over its side.

Step 2

Lift the toe-tap stopper with your fingers until it will lift no farther. Turn the stopper counterclockwise.

Step 3

Pull upward on the stopper as you turn it counterclockwise if the stopper only spins instead of unscrews from the drain. If the stopper merely spins while you turn it, then its threads are most likely stripped, and the pressure from pulling the stopper upward while turning it should be enough to remove it from the drain.


Kenneth Crawford

Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.