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Old 06-16-2012, 03:14 PM   #1
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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?

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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

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how much head pressure are you looking at?
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I believe he is doing a shower pan flood test---
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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.
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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?
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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--
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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.
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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
But hey, for $20......
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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
But hey, for $20......
Lots of people will do way more ridiculous stuff for less than 20 bucks.

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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.

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