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Old 08-27-2011, 08:48 PM   #1
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Help with upstairs shower drain

All, thanks in advance for the help.

I am working on an upstairs shower drain. This house was built in the mid-70s. The drain was leaking into the downstairs bathroom ceiling. So, I have torn out some of the ceiling in the downstairs bathroom to give me some working room.

At any rate, I determined the drain needed replaced. The ring basically broke into pieces when I pulled it out. I picked up a "no calk" drain from Lowes.

The problem I am running into now is that the clearance around the drain pipe and the wood around the drain isn't enough to get the new ring on. I am attaching a picture. IN the pic, the area with no clearance is about 2 o'clock. Working from below, I can fit the ring up in there, but the drain pipe is then off center. So, I can't get the drain started into the threads from above.

Anyone ever seen this problem and have any suggestions for me?
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:12 PM   #2
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Seen it before. I assume you have a fiberglass shower? If so what you need to do is use your imagination and chisel away the flooring so you can screw on the nut. I've bit off chunks with pliers, used a sawzall, wood chisel, etc. No easy fix.
BTW, be sure to set the new drain in silicon.


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Old 08-28-2011, 03:50 PM   #3
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You are correct, it is fberglass. I went out today and got some new tools to try and make some more room.

Then, on another board that I posted this question to, someone responded with a reccomendation of using a drain with jack sccrews. They specifically suggsted a Davke 3000. I did some searching and also found something called a Sioux Chied Jackrabbit.

Any opinion on going that route? Of course, I then have to figure out where to actually buy them. The appear pricey - like $30 to $40 - but thats about what I have into new tools, and its still cheaper than what I would pay a pro. Sounds like they might install the same thing then charge me double plus labor.

Any thoughts?
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A cheap Multi-tool from Harbor Freight will get that opening done in 10 minutes----$20 well spent.
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