I have a Kohler pop-up tub drain and the lift rod fell off the crank piece of the overflow hood assembly. What's the best approach to try and fish the rod, spring, etc., out? Obviously, I don't want to remove the tub.

Alternatively, can I replace with a toe stopper style drain stopper? For now, it's a $5 rubber stopper...

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    Have you tried a shop vac to see if you can suck it back up the drain.
    – Ed Beal
    Sep 30, 2019 at 21:52

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These are cheap and a great addition to your toolbox.

Provided it’s long enough, this should get a grip on it.

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For $30, you can get a "camera on a stalk" (I have one from DEPSTECH that occasionally works) that will allow you to peer down into there. Many also come with magnets and little hooks to help retrieve lost pieces.


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