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canadaclub 02-13-2008 08:05 PM

Different type of shower drain?
Was at a friend's house and he asked me if its possible to build a shower (tile) whereby, instead of a traditional centre drain, he would like the entire width of the back floor of the shower act as the drain. (a rectangular grid as it were, something like you would see at the bottom of a sloped driveway) I have never seen, let alone installed something like this. Are these drains available? Do they adapt to a 2" PVC drain pipe? The reason he wants this is because he wants to tile the bathroom floor and continue, uninterrupted into a shower area with a slope towards the back.

I like my non-ecclectic friends better!:laughing:


jpplumber 02-13-2008 10:37 PM

Yes, they make them and I think it would be called a troth drain. They are generally used in commercial applications, there are different types you can buy I would assume. Thinking back I seem to remember the gym showers in my high school had recessed pits along the wall that were tiled and had round drains so many feet apart in the tiled troth. But you can also use pre-made ones with a grate to cover the whole troth but they may be rather industrial looking.

dyier 02-13-2008 10:47 PM

Try this site -

Also google "aco drains"

canadaclub 02-14-2008 04:12 PM

Thanks a lot guys. I forwarded that info to him. Interesting concept I suppose but for a 38x38 shower seems a little overkill.

Thanks again,


Marlin 02-14-2008 05:31 PM

I've actually thought of the same thing before and planned on doing it one day just to have something different. A decent tile guy could probably build you one. You basically need a pit then you install an ordinary shower drain in it. So long as everything is sloped to the drain it should be fine. The biggest trouble may be finding a grate.

*begin off topic rant
The pool at a gym I used to belong to had one of these all the way around. That's where I got the idea. This allowed them to have the water level the same as the floor level. It looked pretty nice, and when you consider the pool is ninety years old it's impressive how they got everything so perfect and it is still perfect ninety years later.
*end off topic rant.

Rugo44 03-03-2011 11:36 PM

Types of Shower drains
Look into QuARTs Shower Channel Drains, by ACO and also Look at Proline Drain, by Quickdrain USA. I think this is what your looking for. Good Luck on you project.

Rugo44 03-03-2011 11:40 PM

Canadacub, Look into QuARTz Shower Channel Drains, by ACO, and also Proline Drains, by Quickdrain USA. Good Luck on your project.

NCpaint1 03-04-2011 07:54 AM

This is huge in Europe. Havent seen many here, but have seen a few like this. Most times the drain is almost invisible, as there is a platform that you stand on. I guess thats the best way to describe it ;)

oh'mike 03-04-2011 09:08 AM

Channel Drain---Go next door to Contractor Talk---(kitchens and baths) Contractor Talk - Professional Construction and Remodeling Forum

John Whipple specializes in the installations. Lots of info over there.
The site is for contractors only--You can look but not join,---Mike---

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