How to Remove the Cover Plate on a Bathtub Drain Overflow With No Hole in the Faceplate

All bathtubs have a drain overflow to prevent accidentally overfilling the tub. Most overflow covers have two screws on the front attaching the cover to a flange on the drain pipe. Some overflow covers, however, do not have any visible screws. This type of cover is normally found on tubs with lift-and-turn stoppers. Remove the cover plate on a bathtub drain overflow with no hole in the faceplate by unscrewing it from the pipe threads.

Step 1

Feel under the bottom edge of the faceplate for a small set screw. Some overflow faceplates use a screw to help secure the plate to the outside rim of the overflow pipe.

Step 2

Remove the screw with a Phillips-head screwdriver or Allen wrench, depending on the type of head.

Step 3

Grasp the outside of the faceplate with your fingers and turn counterclockwise. The faceplate screws onto threads on the overflow pipe.

Step 4

Continue turning the faceplate counterclockwise until it comes completely off the overflow pipe.


Kenneth Crawford

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