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SammyJean 10-29-2012 06:40 PM

Choosing the right shower drain
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I recently bought a 1946 house with a basement shower. It was in bad shape--several layers of chipping paint, swollen wall panels (which when removed revealed the bottom of the wall studs were piles of dark compost.)
Anyhow, I plan on tiling and so broke out the slab enough to remove the brass drain piece that was attached to the drain pipe. Here is what I am left with: 2 in pipe threaded on the outside (see attached pic)
The Question: is there a tile shower drain that will screw right onto this? or what is my next step?
Thanks so much for any help :)

oh'mike 10-29-2012 07:44 PM

The best and perhaps only solution is to open the slab a little more----and cut out the old P-trap and the riser pipe---add a nice clean --new PVC trap and riser pipe--then use the best drain for the pan you wish to build or install.

We have a thread on that subject going---I'll see if I can get you a link---Mike-----

joecaption 10-29-2012 07:55 PM

Nows the time to get rid of any of that old steel pipe you can. At some point it is going to leak, collapes or keep plugging up.

oh'mike 10-29-2012 08:23 PM

Replacing In-slab Shower Base. - Plumbing - DIY Home Improvement | DIYChatroom

Here is the thread I mentioned----similar situation as yours.

DannyT 10-29-2012 09:26 PM

ditto to what everyone else said. get rid of as much of the old pipe as you can. but if you are determined to use it they do make a 2 inch FIP (female iron pipe) strainer but no one here would recommend that.

SammyJean 10-30-2012 10:03 PM

what lies beneath
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Thank you for everyone's responses.
I dug a little and uncovered the p trap
It has a lot of built up corrosion on it so isn't really very round anywhere, so I'm questioning how well one of the couplings I've read about elsewhere on the forum will work. My guess would be I'm going to have to make an even bigger hole and dig more and there will be some better pipe farther down the line...
Does this look like a p trap that definitely needs to be replaced or is it just ugly on the outside? :(

SammyJean 10-31-2012 05:10 PM

ok so i think i figured it out
i can see just a corner of a cast iron hub that looks in good shape,
so from what i understand i can just break the old pipe out of the hub and use a donut to attach a pvc p-trap right? guess i have just a little more excavating to do.

SammyJean 11-01-2012 07:09 PM

Well, it doesn't look like anyone is still reading this thread, but I'll give it one more shot. I've gone ahead and cut the p trap out and am wondering if it would be better to use abs or pvc for the new p trap and drain?

oh'mike 11-01-2012 07:23 PM

Use PVC---most drain sets are make of PVC---so everything is comptable and you will use the same solvent and primer

SammyJean 11-01-2012 07:29 PM

Thank you o'mike!
I hadn't tried using the shower yet, but now that i've seen the inside of the trap i doubt it would have drained very well, so thanks for convincing me to replace it!

oh'mike 11-01-2012 07:49 PM

It is always best to replace the buried parts---now you see why----glad to help----Mike----

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