The drain in our tub is slow and I'd like to snake it. I was planning on going through the overflow / drain stopper toggle plate:
But I can't remove the stopper and link from the overflow pipe. It seems stuck—there's maybe 1/2" of vertical travel and I can't pull it up any more. I've tried a moderate amount of force, but I don't want to break anything and be in a worse spot.
Is there some trick to this? Should I just pull hard? Or does it require disassembly from behind the wall?
EDIT: Sorry for not being more specific about the fixture: the tub does not have a pop-up stopper in the tub floor. The drain fixture is just a grate (can't get a snake through). I assume that the stopper is suspended in the overflow pipe, like Tester101's second image.
EDIT 2: After fiddling with the lever more I was still unable to get the stopper out. I'm also unable to close the drain plug.
However, somehow in my jiggling I must've loosened the clog, since the tub is now draining well. Oh well, problem solved, I guess! I don't take baths so am not concerned about not being able to close it.