Caulk-free shower drain troubles.

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by ThePixelMines, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. ThePixelMines

    ThePixelMines New Member

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    I have a leaking shower on the second floor. As far as I can tell it was leaking when we bought the house. It leaks through to the first floor through cracks in the lath & plaster in the ceiling. Not knowing about caulk-free drains I caulked it and surrounded it with plumbers putty. After consulting a plumber friend he explained the caulk-free drain and suggested clearing out the sealants I had added and tightening the locking ring.

    I cleared it out and used the tightening tool my plumber friend gave me. Sure enough it needed to be tightened, but I ran into an additional problem. Isn't that always the way, right? The issue is that as I tighten the locking ring the whole drain is now spinning. To me that seems like the bolt beneath the shower floor was not tightened enough. If that's true, is there anyway to tighten it that doesn't entail tearing out the whole shower?

    I'm looking for an idea of what I'm up against so any help is appreciated.


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  2. cwhyu2

    cwhyu2 Consultant

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    You will have to open the ceiling under the shower stall in order to gain
    access to no caulk drain.And while you are at it I would replace it with
    a brass no caulk drain.
     
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  4. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    I really like these shower drains...http://www.davke.com/index.htm
    Many times there just isn't enough room to get the nut tight on that new drain...

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  5. cwhyu2

    cwhyu2 Consultant

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    Now that is to cool,wish they had them when I was still in the field.
     
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