Most of us can easily identify a trip lever style tub drain; the name itself tells it like it is. But what about all those other ones that don’t have a trip lever? If you’ve ever wondered what your tub drain is, read on!
There are five basic types of bath tub drain stoppers:
- Toe Touch (Foot Actuated, Foot Lock or Toe Tap)
- Push-Pull or Lift and Turn
- Pop-Up: Activated by Trip Lever, Cable, Turn Style, or other
- Trip Lever or Turn Style (internal plunger/stopper)
Identify which stopper you have:
If your tub does not have a trip lever, it is either a Toe Touch, Push Pull, Flip-It, or a Lift-and-Turn style stopper. The Flip, Toe Touch, Lift and Turn and Push-Pull stoppers work without a trip lever mechanism. These are generally the easiest kind to remove or replace since they do not need the removal of the trip lever.
Toe Touch: The stopper opens and closes with the push of your toe.
Push-Pull: The stopper has a knob in the center and you must push it down to close and pull it up to open.
Lift and Turn: This looks very similar to the Push-Pull style, but you will need to lift and turn the stopper (in opposite directions) to open and close.
Flip-It: This stopper uses a toggle that when flipped from side to side, will open or close.
Pop-Up: This style can have a Trip Lever or Turn Style mechanism on the overflow that moves an internal push rod against a rocker arm attached to the stopper to raise or lower the stopper. Pop-Ups have a visible stopper in the tub drain, and cannot be covered by a strainer.
Trip Lever or Turn Style: These two styles use an internal plunger to stop water flow. When the overflow plate is activated by tripping a lever or turning the plate it causes the plunger to raise or lower. Trip Lever and Turn Style assemblies normally do not have a visible stopper in the tub drain. The drains simply have a strainer of some sort covering the drain.
Your turn: What’s your favorite style of tub drain?
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