Shower Drain

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by cicerored, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. cicerored

    cicerored New Member

    Aug 21, 2008
    Clay, New York, United States
    Does it mater where the shower drain is placed? I am thinking in relationship to the shower head. I see center, left, right in pans. It seems like being furthest away from the shower head would be best to me, so the soap/water run away from you.
  2. Master Plumber 101

    Master Plumber 101 In the Trades

    Aug 11, 2008
    Placement should not be that critical as long as there's proper pitch going to drain. For look's try to center it, or center front.


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  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    For best looks, the bottom row of tile should all be the same height. The minimum slope to the drain should be 1/4" per foot. If the drain is the same distance (i.e. centered), then the total drop would be the same, and the tile would be even. When you move the drain off-center, the long distance still needs to be 1/4"/foot, so on the short side, the slope must be greater. If you move the drain too far off center, that slope on the short side can get pretty steep. If you make that side also 1/4"/foot, it will be lower than the long side. That makes tiling it much tougher (use smaller tile) and potentially slipperier (the smaller tile have more grout lines which give you more grip which helps). So, when the shower is not square or if the drain is not centered, you will have different slopes to the short and long don't want the slope to be too great.

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