PVC Shower Drain help!

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by squbbles, May 26, 2014.

  1. squbbles

    squbbles New Member

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    Okanagan, BC
    Replaced my old shower with new acrylic base and surround. New base is slightly higher, thus drain pipe does not come up quite as high.

    My question is, can I trim the thick rubber gasket that slips onto the drain pipe before installing the plastic compression ring? I tried installing it as is, but the top half of the rubber seal simply folds over the top of the pipe once ring is installed leaving a smaller opening to the drain pipe.

    Any ideas?
    Thanks in advance for all your expertise.
    Last edited: May 26, 2014
  2. dhagin

    dhagin builder:anti-builder

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    Cut the 2" riser down with an inside pipe cutter, available at the local hardware of box store, install a coupling, then install a new riser that is the correct height. :)
  3. squbbles

    squbbles New Member

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    Thanks dhagin. I appreciate the advice.

    Is this the only option? I'm not sure that a coupling will fit through the drain body.

    Also, I read that some people use silicone caulk to help the rubber gasket slip down the pipe and help with creating a good seal. Is this necessary?

    Cheers.
  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    If you have already installed the pan and no longer have access to the p-trap, then you may not have much choice. It's too late to do the proper thing anymore.
    They also make a lead packing that may work. I don't look at Silicone for that as being a proper installation. I guess you can try it, but I've never resorted to that.
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