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My bathtub drain is American Standard circa 1927. The tub stopper is actuated by turning a knob connected to a linkage connected to a rod, connected to a yoke which threads onto a sleeved pipe which travels up and down in the drain pipe. I want to know if the sleeved pipe is perforated in order to allow the water to drain when such openings align with the tee connection from the tub, or if the sleeve lifts completely above the tee in order to allow the water to drain. I am trying to figure out if this trap is part of my slow drain problem.

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Your close to figuring it out,
I would guess you have a hair clog in the trap. they have inexpensive plastic rods (like a long zip tie) with serrated edges on it to capture the hair. Home Depot or Lowe's or Menards will have these

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