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Old 01-05-2013, 07:06 PM   #16
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Betting it's just a loose shower drain assembly. In that case it's a really easy fix. Thank your lucky stars and buy a jackrabbit.

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OK, so at the risk of being flamed, I'm going to ask a few questions! Be kind, lol!

If I look up from the pantry, first it's very tight, lots of beams, boards, strapping, etc. I cannot see a large nut or anything like that with the PVC. It *looks* like it's all soldered together. Again, only with what I can see right now, that's how it looks. I can see up to the subfloor.

Would the nut be under the subfloor? If not, how would you get to it? is there a way to get under the shower other than opening the ceiling more?
I know you talked about the "shower pan", that must be above the subfloor yes? I just wonder because like you all pointed out, generally you sit the shower floor on mortar to make sure you don't get any flex.

thanks for all the help! I'm new to this, so one step away from calling the plumber! Not sure how many hour job this would be, or even what their hourly rate is, so trying to fix it up myself if I can.
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OK, so at the risk of being flamed, I'm going to ask a few questions! Be kind, lol!

If I look up from the pantry, first it's very tight, lots of beams, boards, strapping, etc. I cannot see a large nut or anything like that with the PVC. It *looks* like it's all soldered together. Again, only with what I can see right now, that's how it looks. I can see up to the subfloor.

Would the nut be under the subfloor? If not, how would you get to it? is there a way to get under the shower other than opening the ceiling more?
I know you talked about the "shower pan", that must be above the subfloor yes? I just wonder because like you all pointed out, generally you sit the shower floor on mortar to make sure you don't get any flex.

thanks for all the help! I'm new to this, so one step away from calling the plumber! Not sure how many hour job this would be, or even what their hourly rate is, so trying to fix it up myself if I can.
The nut would be above the subfloor. Jammed up right tight to the bottom of the shower base.

Sometimes you have to open the subfloor up a little bit bigger to get this type of repair done (we usually make a 5 or 6" hole when we set new showers because of this) but you have to be careful not to hit the shower base with whatever you're cutting with.

It may look something like this : http://www.handymanhowto.com/wp-cont...6/dsc02572.jpg

In that case it might be screwed in from above. There are a few different styles. If the drain fitting itself is moving from side to side, it's not molded to the base.

Can you post a picture from below?
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Can you post a picture from below?
I asked the same question back in post #4

"Can you provide a picture of the trap area where it is leaking?
An away view and a close up view"
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OK, so here's a picture from below. It is very cramped, and like i said, a pretty tight space. Basically, when we bought the house (a foreclosure), they had cut out a portion of the top of the pantry, then a portion of the ceiling above, so they could get at this drain pipe. This is the best picture I could come up with.

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I had the wife move the drain pipe in the pantry then went up to the shower as she said she saw the drain move when I did this. It does move, but it's so minuscule as to be meaningless. Like pushing in on a window and it moves 1/64 of an inch, it doesn't matter.
Maybe you can see in the picture (more than likely not) but the hole coming through the subfloor is just wider than the drain pipe, so like Alan said, I would have to open up the subfloor more to see what's going on.

I will be calling a plumber tomorrow it looks like!
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If it moves 1/64th- it moves too much.
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OK, so I called in the professionals, lol!

First thing was to widen up our view, so cut out the strapping, cut out more sheetrock, etc. Then cut the floor under the shower so we could even see the nut. There it was!! A few taps with the hammer, and this thing isn't moving. Harder taps, much harder taps, and one side of the nut breaks off.
The nut was glued on...We had to take a grinder and get it off that way. So now we can get the drain out and start to think about the new one.
First though was to stabilize the shower base, which had absolutely nothing under it. No shims, no foam, no mortar, just a lot of air. That was a pleasure, pushing boards and shims as much as possible, then using expanding foam for the rest of it.
Alan, the plumber used almost the very same drain fixture you showed! Just a different brand name.

So I'm going to let it all set in for a night then I should be back in biz.

Thank you much to all who contributed, I thought I would update you all and say "this issue is resolved"!

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