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Old 03-23-2014, 06:15 PM   #1
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Installing new shower drain


I am redoing our master bath and am in the process of building a new shower.

I plan on building the shower floor out of mud. I have the subfloor in place and the PVC for the drain is about 1/8" below the floor surface.

I have two issues: 1) the PVC elbow into which the drain will be glued is slightly unlevel. When I glue the first part of the three-part drain (flange) into it, can I force it so it sits level on the subfloor or will that put too much pressure on the pvc below the surface? 2) the elbow seems like it is too high, so when I glue the first part of the drain into it there will still be space between it and the floor. How can I correct this?
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:22 AM   #2
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You need the drain level--if its' out just a bit--push it into position ---

Add washers under the holes if it is above the floor---

Then pack your preslope and install the liner--How to build a shower - Building a shower pan with pre-sloped mortar bed, liner and curb.
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Old 03-29-2014, 05:02 PM   #3
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Still on the shower floor drain


It turned I had to replace the elbow anyway...needed a street elbow instead.

Now I have another issue. It seems like the drain pipe was installed high because when I dry fit the drain flange into the drain pipe the flange still sits 1/2 inch off the subfloor, even after I installed a second layer of 3/4 inch OSB to raise the surface. The drain I have does not have holes that would allow me to screw it to the subfloor. Glue won't hold it, so how can I keep it solidly down on the subfloor??? Thanks for any suggestions.
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I usually just pack it in place with the deck mud that I used for the pre slope---you might end up closer to the floor after gluing---the glue lets the parts slip together further than dry fitting---
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