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Old 04-06-2013, 07:41 PM   #1
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My shower drain has a leak and I noticed that the plumbers putty was all dried and cracked, and that is where the leak was. I removed the plumbers putty that was there, and put my plumbers putty around it that I have had for a long time, and I still had the leak. Am I drawing it down to tight? I am thinking that maybe my putty is also bad, and was wondering if putting cilacone around it might be a bad or good idea. What do you plumbers suggest if I might ask? Should I just go buy new or do you have something else that would work much better? Thanks for your help.

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My shower drain has a leak and I noticed that the plumbers putty was all dried and cracked, and that is where the leak was. I removed the plumbers putty that was there, and put my plumbers putty around it that I have had for a long time, and I still had the leak. Am I drawing it down to tight? I am thinking that maybe my putty is also bad, and was wondering if putting cilacone around it might be a bad or good idea. What do you plumbers suggest if I might ask? Should I just go buy new or do you have something else that would work much better? Thanks for your help.
we really need a picture of the leak and shower strainer for best advice...

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My shower drain has a leak and I noticed that the plumbers putty was all dried and cracked, and that is where the leak was. I removed the plumbers putty that was there, and put my plumbers putty around it that I have had for a long time, and I still had the leak. Am I drawing it down to tight? I am thinking that maybe my putty is also bad, and was wondering if putting cilacone around it might be a bad or good idea. What do you plumbers suggest if I might ask? Should I just go buy new or do you have something else that would work much better? Thanks for your help.
Someone may have done that for a quick fix and got lucky for awhile. Is it plastic we're talking about? can u post a pic?. Do u have access underneath it or only from above?

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The seals are generally made with rubber gaskets, not plumbers putty. Yeah, put up some pictures.
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My shower drain has a leak and I noticed that the plumbers putty was all dried and cracked, and that is where the leak was. I removed the plumbers putty that was there, and put my plumbers putty around it that I have had for a long time, and I still had the leak. Am I drawing it down to tight? I am thinking that maybe my putty is also bad, and was wondering if putting cilacone around it might be a bad or good idea. What do you plumbers suggest if I might ask? Should I just go buy new or do you have something else that would work much better? Thanks for your help.
I'm going to assume you have a fiberglass shower base and plastic pipe - To repair properly, you need to totally dissemble and remove the shower drain- you can cut the pipe below and couple it back together.
Clean the shower base and the strainer- reassemble with putty or silicone. Everyone has opinions on which to use, they will both create a seal.
Also, examine the shower base closely for hairline cracks near the drain body.
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I'm going to assume you have a fiberglass shower base and plastic pipe - To repair properly, you need to totally dissemble and remove the shower drain- you can cut the pipe below and couple it back together.
Clean the shower base and the strainer- reassemble with putty or silicone. Everyone has opinions on which to use, they will both create a seal.
Also, examine the shower base closely for hairline cracks near the drain body.
You are correct. It is a fiberglass shower base with a palstic pipe and a rubber ring. The water is dripping onto the basement floor from up above. The bathroom is on our main level. It is leaking around the rubber ring that gets tightened down. They also had plumbers putty between the drain and the shower base. I'm not sure if I'm tightening it to tight or not enough. I believe I will try using silicone and see how that works. I would love to send a picture but for some reason I can't get the browser to bring my shower pictures up. Thanks for all your advice, I really appreciate it.

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You may wish to buy a new shower drain---consider getting a solvent weld (glued to the pipe) one--

Once the rubber sealed ones go bad--there is little chance of doing a permanent fix----just a thought---they are cheap and rather simple to replace---
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My shower drain has a leak and I noticed that the plumbers putty was all dried and cracked, and that is where the leak was. I removed the plumbers putty that was there, and put my plumbers putty around it that I have had for a long time, and I still had the leak. Am I drawing it down to tight? I am thinking that maybe my putty is also bad, and was wondering if putting cilacone around it might be a bad or good idea. What do you plumbers suggest if I might ask? Should I just go buy new or do you have something else that would work much better? Thanks for your help.

Hey everyone. I took a picture of my shower drain and if you need to look at it click on my profile. So sorry but I'm not good at this site yet. I'm not sure how to put it in my thread. Thanks everyone
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There you go----to replace that drain--you will also need to replace the P-trap---

cut the pipe leading to the P-trap--then cut the drain----install the new drain---then replace the P-trap and associated pipe---
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Thank you so much !!! That was so kind of you to put this picture on for me.
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The picture posting on this site is a challenge----I rather fix your shower than post a picture of it!

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There you go----to replace that drain--you will also need to replace the P-trap---

cut the pipe leading to the P-trap--then cut the drain----install the new drain---then replace the P-trap and associated pipe---
Oh Mike I have a question. How did you come to the conclussion I need to replace all the parts you described? Is it because you think the gasket is bad? I'm asking because I am trying to familarize myself with this kind of work. I thought maybe I could just put silicone around the shower drain and it would fix the problem. Thank you for all your advice.
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Could you get a close up picture of the part going through your base from the top and bottom with strainer removed?
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I only get paid once t fix something----so doing a 'might work' job is not an option for me---

Silicone 'might work'---hard to get a good ,permanent bond to rubber and dirty old PVC---

Cost of silicone caulk---$6--

New drain? $12---P-trap--$6---coupling--$2-----pipe---$3---primer and solvent---$8

Just a thought-----replace the thing and be done for ever---

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