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TMMiller 06-16-2012 03:14 PM

plug for shower pan test
 
Instead of forking up the money for a 2" pneumatic drain plug ($20 to $30) which I'll only use once, I heard that an inflated balloon will also do the trick. Any comments out there?

TheEplumber 06-16-2012 04:23 PM

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Originally Posted by TMMiller (Post 944952)
Instead of forking up the money for a 2" pneumatic drain plug ($20 to $30) which I'll only use once, I heard that an inflated balloon will also do the trick. Any comments out there?

Never tried it cuz I have a box full of test gear. Give it a whirl and report back

wctekkk 06-17-2012 01:19 AM

how much head pressure are you looking at?

oh'mike 06-17-2012 05:50 AM

I believe he is doing a shower pan flood test---

gregzoll 06-17-2012 08:26 AM

Look in your kitchen cabinet. There should be a lid large enough to place over it. You can seal with silicone caulk that you can remove with no problem.

TMMiller 06-17-2012 05:34 PM

shower pan liner flood test
 
That's correct. I'm doing a flood test on my shower pan liner. I heard that a balloon (tied to a string) and shoved down into the drain will also work. I really don't want to spend $20 to $30 for a pneumatic test ball plug that I'm only going to use once. Any more thoughts out there?

oh'mike 06-17-2012 06:52 PM

A balloon type of plug is needed --there is a lower drain/weep holes below the packed deck mud--

So the pipe needs plugging a few inches below the deck mud--

TMMiller 06-18-2012 09:12 PM

shower pan liner test
 
Hey eplumber! I just tried a small balloon for my shower pan liner test. It seems to be holding back the water just fine. I happened to have some old small water balloons and blew one up to about 2.75 inches in diameter (my drain is 2") and worked it down into the drain past the weep holes. I added water tonight and will check it tomorrow after work. Just saved myself $20 to $30 dollars by not buying a test ball plug.:)

TheEplumber 06-19-2012 12:56 AM

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Originally Posted by TMMiller (Post 946525)
Hey eplumber! I just tried a small balloon for my shower pan liner test. It seems to be holding back the water just fine. I happened to have some old small water balloons and blew one up to about 2.75 inches in diameter (my drain is 2") and worked it down into the drain past the weep holes. I added water tonight and will check it tomorrow after work. Just saved myself $20 to $30 dollars by not buying a test ball plug.:)

Let's hope it holds.:)
I had a good chuckle at your balloon idea. I pictured a DIY'er on his knees with his lips to the drain huffing on a balloon :laughing:
But hey, for $20......

Alan 06-19-2012 09:24 AM

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Originally Posted by TheEplumber (Post 946659)
Let's hope it holds.:)
I had a good chuckle at your balloon idea. I pictured a DIY'er on his knees with his lips to the drain huffing on a balloon :laughing:
But hey, for $20......

Lots of people will do way more ridiculous stuff for less than 20 bucks.

:laughing:

TMMiller 06-19-2012 09:23 PM

Balloon Plug
 
The balloon somewhat held the water back. Since an actual pneumatic test ball plug goes up to 13 psi - the balloon obviously not, there was a slight weepage down the drain which I could hear when all was quiet. I went to our garage (my shower is above) and looked for tell-tale signs of any leakage and found none. I had previously removed the sheetrock overhead to rework my drain and left the sheetrock down untill i'm done with the project. If the drain wasn't accessible, then I would recommend using a real test plug, but it held water long enough overnight so that I could check the entire underside of my shower the next day.:thumbsup:


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