Pop-up sink stoppers are one of the easiest fixtures to install on your sink, though most people don’t know how to do it right. Here’s how to install one on your sink and end up with a sturdy stopper that won’t pop up while you’re washing dishes, brush your teeth, or shave. We all know how irritating it is when you’re in the middle of washing dishes or brushing your teeth and the sink stopper pops up, causing water to go everywhere!
Get your materials together
Grab your pop-up sink stopper, the pipe that connects it to the faucet, and some pliers. Prepare to remove the old pop-up sink stopper by loosening the nut on top with your pliers. Once it’s loose, pull out the pipe and replace it with the new one. Fasten the new pop-up sink stopper by tightening the nut on top with your pliers.
Turn off the water supply
If you have some type of pop-up stopper, then the first thing you need to do is turn off the water supply. If you’re unsure how to do this, just follow these steps:
1) Shut off the water at the main shutoff valve. 2) Turn off any nearby faucets that are on. 3) Open up your sink drain and let it drain for about 10 minutes or so.
Remove the old stopper
1) Unscrew the old pop-up stopper from your sink by turning it counterclockwise. 2) Lift the stopper from the drain and remove any debris that may be attached. 3) Place the new pop up stopper in the drain, threading it into place by turning clockwise. 4) Check for leaks by pushing down on top of the pop up stopper with water running in your sink.
Put in the new pop-up stopper
This is the one tool you need for installing a pop-up sink stopper! This can also be used for removing old pop-up stoppers. Use this tool by inserting it under the lip of the base of your pop-up stopper and pressing down on both ends at once. Make sure to use this with caution, as it may damage your sink or faucet if too much pressure is applied.
Connect the chain
Remove the pop up stopper and put it in a safe place. Remove the old chain with pliers. Place the new chain through the hole in the sink and loop it around both sides of the drain. Put one end of the chain into one hole on either side of the stopper, then fit each end onto its respective screw. Tighten by turning each screw clockwise until they meet in the middle, and tighten them down securely with pliers if necessary.