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jpostal 08-30-2008 05:05 PM

shower pan soft around drain
I recently had a walk in shower installed in my basement. In order to do this the drain had to be moved about a foot. Now that the drain is in place and the shower pan is installed I have noticed that there is a lot of give around the drain area and it feels soft when you stand in this area. Is there anyway to fix this? I have not yet installed the shower surround or doors.

Thanks for your help!

DangerMouse 08-30-2008 05:22 PM

there should be concrete or sand or SOMEthing under there to support you. (i've seen great stuff foam under them, but......) if you do not add something, you will no doubt crack it at the drain and leak under.


jpostal 08-31-2008 06:15 PM

How can I get the shower pan/base off the drain pipe now that it is glued in?

DangerMouse 08-31-2008 06:25 PM

*ouch* never saw that coming... i've only seen the drains that screw into the pipe below with a rubber gasket.... hmmm, a photo or two might help us at this point. perhaps the great stuff 'injected' under a lifted edge? dunno without more info.


jpostal 08-31-2008 09:42 PM

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So I got the pan off...I guess it was not glued on after all. Here is a pic of what it looks like underneath and the underside of the shower pan. Now what is the best way to add support...some type of concrete mix? Should I try to replace the vapor barrier that I chipped through when digging the hole?

Thanks for your help.

clasact 09-01-2008 06:32 AM

I take it from the picture that the base was set on top of that hole without filling it in?
yes you should fill it back in and put a VB back I would use sand topping mix that you can buy at any box store it packs well and drys hard if you want a little give then use sand (i wouldnt) and then put your VB on and reinstall the shower

Marlin 09-01-2008 08:19 AM

That defiantly needs to get filled in. Who put that pan over that hole? Also how did you get the drain apart? If you just yanked it off check to make sure you didn't damage the rubber.

jpostal 09-01-2008 12:11 PM

The hole was filled in nearly flush with the rest of the floor using gravel...I took a bunch of the gravel out prior to taking the picture. Even with the hole filled to the top it still had a lot of give. When I put the sand topping mix in should I pack it right up to the drain pipe or leave a couple inches around it? Also, should I put enough of this mix in to fill the recessed areas of the shower pan?

I think I got the pan off without damaging the drain. After taking the filter off all I had to do was remove the plastic sleeve that slides into the rubber part of the drain. Hopefully it all goes back together...

Thanks again for your help. Other than cosmetic type jobs this is my first reno project so I am pretty nervous that I am going to screw up!

DangerMouse 09-01-2008 12:18 PM

your best decision was coming here. sounds like the guys have given you what you need to continue. feel free to come back if you need any more help, and please let us know how it works out! we love a happy ending around here. =o)


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