I have a shower drain cover which is loose. I don't have any leaks, but the plastic grate that covers the drain hole is loose and slides around. What kind of glue should I use to keep this plastic in place without making it too permanent?

Here is the bottom of the cover and the hole I wish it would stay in for a long while:

drain hole and cover upside down

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    Silicone caulk.
    – mbeckish
    Commented Jan 27, 2016 at 17:35
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    It was probably intended to snap in, twist into a slot, or attach by some other non-adhesive means. Please post a brand, model, or photo for better answers.
    – isherwood
    Commented Jan 27, 2016 at 17:45

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For drain covers with no screw holes and no option of screwing in itself we usually slap some plumber's putty on the bottom and smash it in. With a screwdriver and a few tugs you can remove and reuse again but should keep it from moving.

  • I finally got this done and it is working great.
    – chicks
    Commented Jul 1, 2017 at 1:30

It is a good idea not to glue or make the grate non-removable in case access to the drain is needed in the future. For a fast non-adhesive fix to keep the grate in-place wrap a rubber band around the grates edge.

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