Old cast iron shower drain re-do

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Ripupthehwy

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Would love some advice how to proceed here . Tiling OVER an old shower floor that’s on concrete slab floor . The house was built in 1965. Cast Iron drain not in greatest shape and drain cover is gone . Tiling over will require raising the drain . I really don’t want to bust up the floor and dig it out . Idk if there’s even a drain pan. Look like an inch or concrete or thinset . Considering just “gluing” a ring over drain to raise up (see pic with white ring in package) . Afraid if I do though may end up rebuilding entire thing if doesn’t work . Has anyone seen a drain like this ? If so what product or parts do you recommend to fix ? Thanks so much for advice .
 

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John Gayewski

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I would bust up the tile and redo the drain.

If your building another shower here and you don't know if there's a pan then you have to build a pan. Why does breaking the concrete and redoing the drain effect you?
 

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My Moms house in Palm Coast Fl has some funky style of shower pan it dosent even have a shower drain just a snap in crate expensive home on golf cource. 25 years old but I wouldnt remodel over it
Maybe thats just florida style stuff Ive got a theory on how the pans are built and suspect they have some sort of weep holes to outside the pans are depressed in the concrete. But I never seen how they were built. Id tear it out and replace it
 

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Just an update : I didn’t tear anything out and tiled walls and tiled over existing tile floor . Idk if there is or was any weep holes in this thing but have used the shower for 5 years without any water seepage . It’s built in a garage over concrete slab & everything about the shower is concrete including all walls . Im adding a sink and wall to “dry it in” as part of the interior of the house via a door in the wall between garage & house interior . Anyway , Would it be a dumb idea to drill 2 small holes on inside edge of the shower drain to act as a weep holes just as a precaution or could it cause a moisture problem ?
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Jeff H Young

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looks like 2 differant jobs unless you decided to leave it as is and re tile. in which case you already made the call. In which case Id leave it alone
 

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Yeah, after I grout it, I think I’m gonna use some kind of waterproofing sealant and leave it alone at some point the piping under the drain which is old cast-iron may have to be replaced but this is it for now
 

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I dont think it has a shower pan in the traditional sence with a pre slope etc.
 
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