My girlfriend recently moved into a house that was built in the early 1940s. Most of the house is in great condition, but, of course, there are a few items here and there that need fixing. The tub is slow in draining and we suspect part of that is from hair in the drain. (It got worse with her daughter there, so that's part of the reason we think it's hair.)
The problem is we don't know how to remove the drain stopper so we can clean it out and see if it's just hair. I have a picture of the stopper below. I haven't tried forcing anything, but we've tried pulling it up and out, unscrewing it (clockwise and counterclockwise, just in case), and even combinations (like holding it up in a higher position and trying to unscrew it).
My guess is that I need to use some leverage (like channel locks with a towel to protect the stopper) to unscrew the top ball and then remove the rest of the stopper.
Is that right? Or is there something else I should do to remove this so we can clean the hair out of the drain?