how to remove abs shower drain ?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by pman626, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. pman626

    pman626 New Member

    Jun 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    I need to remove the top part of the shower drain because it is sticking out above the shower pan, and water is leaking under the drain lip.
    but it's tight as hell, mostly because I can't get a grip on it.
    I don't have the right tools at the moment. But do i have to remove the compression nut first? and then the rest of the drain assembly will twist off ?

    also, is the black pipe usually glued to the white drain assembly? Or is there only a rubber gasket between the black pipe and the drain assembly?
    how exactly is the pipe connected to the drain assembly?

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  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    You have to remove the bottom locknut BEFORE the drain can be moved, or removed. There should be a gasket between the pipe and the drain, although I cannot see one, and the pipe MAY pull out of the rubber gasket once the drain is loose, otherwise you have to pry it out.
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  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
    I use a saw, or hack saw blade to make two cuts through the drain at the top; being careful to not cut into the shower pan.
    This allows me to pull the drain up, the locking nut underneath can slip off of the threads that way.
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