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Old 10-13-2008, 10:15 AM   #1
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leveling a PVC floor/shower drain with a heat gun


my PVC floor drain is slightly unlevel. the final piece gets twisted into the female anchor, which is in concrete. the reason it is off is because the pipe coming from the concrete is off, and while i could have finagled it level while cementing it on, it just did not occur to me. the drain is off by maybe a few degrees.

i was wondering if using a heat gun to soften PVC and get it level is a viable technique ?

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I'm sure it would work from a physical standpoint, but you risk compromising the pipe (making the wall too thin or creating a hole). And if the pipe wall thickness is reduced, it's probably not up to code.

Heck, it's probably not up to code to melt and deform the pipe..

Maybe you could get your pipes to align with a clever use of fittings? Can you supply a pic of what's connecting to where?

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I'd strongly advise against it.
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dudes, the pipe is all in concrete, only the male part with a strainer on it sticks 0.5" above ground, which is the approximate thickness of tile and thinset. you see what i am saying ? but the female that is anchored in concrete is off. i don't need to heat the hell out of it, just a little on the male part to knock out those few degrees.
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Don't do it.

You could sand off the lip slightly if it is a trip hazard. I have done that to basement floor drains.
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Understood. It won't work.

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