How to Remove a Stuck Cleanout Plug

How to remove a stuck cleanout plug to get at a clog in a drain pipe

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammers, 2
  • Nut driver
  • Pipe wrenches, 2
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Soldering torch

Keep a fire extinguisher handy.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Rust penetrant
  • Mission couplings
  • Teflon tape
  • Replacement fittings, pipe and cleanout plug