I've never been able to move the lever for the drain in the 4 years I've owned this house. The house is 100 years old. The bathroom has a tiled shower/tub but have no idea of it's age.
After watching Rich on the video I decided to try to fix it. Removed the 2 screws and tried to pull out the innards - no luck. Behind the faceplate on the shank of the lever is a powerful spring. The lever is connected to 2 flat metal rods with cotter pins, the 1st right behind a washer? and the spring, 2nd about 1/2" away holding the lever shaft between the metal rods which go down into the pipe. I can only move them up or down about 1/2". Do I need to disassemble the connections? What is the purpose of the spring? Could these flat metal rods be wedged behind something? They aren't flexible at all. If I get them out AND fish out the elusive drain closer, can I get a replacement part to attach to the lever? or a new lever assembly at the plumbing supply house. Should I call my trusty plumber for this or just use the rubber drain cover that moves whenever I do?