How to Replace a Bathtub Drain Lever

The drain plug lever sits on the side of the bathtub, with an opening at the bottom that allows the water to escape through the drain of the overflow so the bathtub does not overflow from flooding the bathroom. If the discharge lever stops working properly, or you simply want to change all the hardware in the bathroom an updated look, you can replace the lever unit with a new one in a few easy steps.


  1. Place a cloth over the bath drain, making sure it is fully covered so you do not drop the screws below it. Use a screwdriver to loosen the lever plate screws and place them in a safe place.
  2. Pull the lever plate firmly to remove the metal coupling and brass plunger attached to the end. If the plunger does not come out with the tie, pull through the overflow drain with a flexible stove. If you do not have a flexible stove, feed a straightened hanger with a hook at the end. Use the hook to catch the loop at the top of the plug and pull the overflow drain.
  3. Use pliers to open the closed loop that attaches to the end of the Mating Assembly on the lever on the back of the needle plate and slide the lever coupling. Slide the coupling end into the lever again.
  4. Fit the plunger at the other end of the link, if not attached. Insert the end of the linkage through the closed loop at the top of the plunger, then use the tip pliers to pinch the end of the linkage thus forming a closed loop.

Defined brass plunger and coupling assembly in overflow drain. Attach the plate to the side of the bathtub with the same screws as before and then remove the drain wipe.