12:05PM | 03/07/04
Member Since: 03/06/04
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I'm in the process of remodelling my bathroom. I've removed the walls of the old shower stall, but am having a problem with the base. I have the entire base loose, but the drain is keeping it in. How do I remove the drain or disconnect the base from the drain? I see no obvious place that unscrews or anything.

I'm new to all this so any help is greatly appreciated.



05:29AM | 03/08/04
Member Since: 09/16/02
251 lifetime posts
It's been a while since I did this, but I'm thinking the drain screws in. There should be a small screw holding a small cover on. Take that out. Now you should see down about 1 1/2 inches and see a strainer.

If you have access from below just go downstairs and unscrew a large locknut. If the strainer mentioned above turns freely and will not allow you to unscrew it put a pair of needlenose pliers in it and have someone hold them with another pair of pliers.

If you don't have access I would use the two pliers from above and try to loosen them.

This should get you started until an actual plumber comes on. At that time you should try what they suggest.

Good luck,



05:48AM | 03/08/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
If you're talking about a FIBERGLASS base, a lot of the time these just have a large rubber seal between the drain pipe and the base's drain.

Obviously you'll need to pull out the drain cover, which is just fitted in there...this should come out, no prob.

It's kind of a gasket (about 1" tall) that slips between the two, preventing leaks.

If this is what you have, they can get stuck on there pretty good.

You don't just want to lift up the base, because this could damage the drain pipe.

I'd try to go in from the shower base drain (above) and see if this is the arrangement. A good clue that it might be is if you see a fairly large shower base drain with a small pipe inside it--with a dark rubber mystery area between. If so, start digging out the rubber gasket. Perhaps a small knife or chisel might do the job. Or you might get lucky and find that you can pull it out, perhaps using soap or some other lubricant.

Please post a reply as to what you're finding.

-k2 in CO


06:54AM | 03/08/04
Member Since: 03/06/04
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Thanks for the replies.

The base is either plastic or fiberglass. I've removed the cover and I do see a sort of rubber gasket in there. I tried "unscrewing" it, but to no avail. I will attempt to dig out the gasket and see if that works.

Thanks again...I want to attempt this myself before having to call anyone in.



11:33AM | 03/08/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hi HD, OK, sounds like that's it! The old rubber gasket. Once you get that out of there it should all make sense....good luck.



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