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Old 12-17-2013, 04:49 PM   #1
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HELP! We are renovating a shower in a condo- top floor. the floor is concrete and the plumber just moved the existing bath tub drain about a foot from the wall and says he can't lower it any more than it is so we will have to raise the level w/ concrete and that will make the lip only 2&3/4" I just put the water shield membrane down HELP! drain in shower too high-pc170003.jpg We think there should be a way to lower the drain. Any suggestions???

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Old 12-17-2013, 05:27 PM   #2
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Can't tell from the picture; what size is that drain?? Tubs/shower combinations are usually 1-1/2. A standalone shower requires a 2-inch drain.

How much too high is the drain? Not sure if there's such a thing as a PVC street elbow, but if would sit a bit lower if there is one. Why did you put down the membrane before solving this problem?? Or am I misunderstanding what you said?

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Old 12-17-2013, 06:18 PM   #3
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we are just going to pile concrete to raise it cause we have to get this done.
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Do folks live below you? Should be a great insurance claim.
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Old 12-18-2013, 04:53 AM   #5
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Once again,showers require 2" drains---what kind of pan will you be using?
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we are just going to pile concrete to raise it cause we have to get this done.
Very bad idea. Do it right or not at all. Especially if the property of others can be impacted.
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Old 12-22-2013, 11:19 AM   #7
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it is in concrete so no pan -we already tiled it cause the plumber and another construction worker said it would be fine- we own the unit below- it is a two story building. I hope to God that we are doing things right- I am about to have a nervous breakdown!!! We have to move in by Jan. 1st!
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I hope so to---concrete is not waterproof--water will soak right through it,given enough time.

Typically ,a concrete pan is covered with a waterproof membrane before the tile is installed---either a liquid /paint on like Hydroban---or a fabric cover like Schluter--
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what are you looking for ..your asking questions from pros and not listening at all...why ask.. ben sr
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what are you looking for ..your asking questions from pros and not listening at all...why ask.. ben sr
That's because the OP doesn't like the answers.
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Bad news pressure fitting not allowed you cant offset a trap. you cant reduce a drain line no shower pan, liner, etc, thats just what can be seen who knows whats below... looks like it was done by jack of all trades master of none.
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Thanks for the bad news - Oh well I guess I can just nag my husband and say" I told you so" as I sit in my padded cell!
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The absolute best way to get a husband to never do another project around the house is to nag him about it. In your case, that seems like a pretty good idea. But whatever you do, get him to stop working on that shower before he gets far enough to actually try to use it.

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