I've found a few tutorials online and searched here, but the mechanism on my sink seems to be different from others I've found tutorials for. Here's the general apparatus (credit to this question):

Diagram outlining how stoppers work in general and names of the different parts.

The issue I'm having is where the pivot rod goes into the pipe under the sink. I need to remove the pivot rod in order to get the stopper out, but I can't figure out how to do that. Here's a picture of what it looks like:

Picture of my specific apparatus.

There are 2 "slots" across from each other, but I can't fit anything into both because the pivot rod itself is between them. How can I get the pivot rod out of the pipe so I can remove the stopper?

  • 2
    The wings coming off the side look suspiciously like something to turn with.
    – Comintern
    Aug 10, 2014 at 14:05
  • @Comintern They're part of the fixed pipe. I'm not sure what they're there for, but I tried turning them before I asked.
    – StrixVaria
    Aug 10, 2014 at 14:05
  • That is bizarre - I've never seen a pop-up that you would need a spanner to get it apart with. You can try placing a flat screwdriver against the top of one of the "slots" and tapping it counter-clockwise with a hammer to turn it, but keep in mind that it will be a lot easier to get apart than put back together that way.
    – Comintern
    Aug 10, 2014 at 14:13
  • I was kind of worried about how I'd get it back together after, even if I got it out.
    – StrixVaria
    Aug 10, 2014 at 14:14
  • Why do you need to get the stopper out? There might be other options depending on what you're trying to do.
    – Comintern
    Aug 10, 2014 at 14:18

1 Answer 1


Grip the nut with the 2 'slots' and turn it counter-clockwise until it spins off and you can pull the pivot rod backwards enough to release the plunger. Reverse the process to put it back together.

A plastic setup like that is designed to twist off by hand. If it seems too tight simply use a pair of pliers to grab it and turn it.

Good luck!

  • You might have to disconnect the trap first for clearance.
    – sborsher
    Aug 13, 2014 at 20:49

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