So I have been trying to get my shower drain cover off so that I can remove all the hair but I can not seem to figure out how it is supposed to come off. It doesn't have screws, doesn't twist, and doesn't pry off. I am out of ideas. Any tips would be appreciated. enter image description here

  • @Ruskes, comment-answer flagged for deletion. Please post properly. Also, the question states that twisting was attempted, so you'd need to enhance your instructions.
    – isherwood
    Feb 23 at 14:20
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    Do you have access from below? It may have a securing nut underneath. More likely it's just stuck and you need to twist harder.
    – isherwood
    Feb 23 at 14:20

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Having just purchased a brand new drain to install into a brand new shower pan, I would suggest that this should, most likely, unscrew.

However, since yours isn't brand new, it likely is rather stuck and needs some help. It's apparent that you've made some attempts at releasing this and have managed to bend it a bit so further care is necessary in attempting to remove it. You'll want the largest flat-blade screwdriver you can find that will fit into the slot right at the center and give it a twist (lefty-loosey) to unscrew it. If that still won't budge it (or feels like you're going to start damaging the strainer) move on to the next steps...

I'd suggest some small amount of drain cleaner carefully poured between the strainer and the trim ring and allowed to sit and soak for a while, then rinse thoroughly (you don't want to splash that on yourself while you're struggling to get this off). That should help break up whatever gunk is binding the threads. You may need a couple of applications. Note that whatever manages to spill down the drain will help break up whatever is clogging your drain. ;)

If a couple of applications of that don't help, you may need a penetrating fluid to work its way into the threads. Many people use WD-40™ for this, though I've found that PB Blaster™ to be more effective on crud-encased, rusted bolts on vehicles. Whatever product you choose (there are more), carefully read the instructions to ensure that it won't damage your tub/shower floor. If it's porcelain over steel, it should be impervious to just about everything, but if it's fiberglass, acrylic, stone or other material, you don't want to put something on there that will stain it or eat away at it.

Once you've got the strainer out, you may be able to hammer the little dimples flat if you have a hammer and an anvil (or something that will work as an anvil). You may want to protect the visible surface finish by using a rubber mallet or a piece of wood if you only have a metal hammer.

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