I am doing preventive maintenance on my bathroom sinks with this: Vastar drain snake and I thought it would be a good idea to do this in my shower stall. I took off the two screws but the top piece of the drain would not budge. Any ideas on how to get it off?


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Brute force applied carefully would be the answer in this case. It's not unusual for adhesive material to seep under the drain grille when assembled. An angled pry-bar that can fit through the mesh to get as close as possible to the edge of the circle for best leverage and minimal possibility of damage.

The square holes would give you the best flexibility of attack when approached on the diagonal. The tricky part is to have something thin enough that won't bend when you try to pry.

  • That sounds like I should wait for the drain to be clogged before tearing it away :( Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 16:53
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    Another approach would be to use a sharp object (pointed stick?) to scrape away at the perimeter of the grille until you can wedge a thin screwdriver blade into the cleaned area. Also consider to release the screws and tap with a blunt object on the grille to cause vibration to break the bond.
    – fred_dot_u
    Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 17:05

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