I am trying to remove the original shower base (28 years old) to install a new one. There were several nails securing it to the studs around which have been removed. The drain appears to be the only thing keeping the shower base in place. I took the grill off the top of the drain but don't see any screws to remove allowing me to lift the base out. This is on the basement level of my house on concrete, no way of getting to it from underneath. How do I disconnect the drain from the base?
Depends on the type of joint. Lead can be melted out with a turbo torch. Plastic can be cut out with a sawzall. To simplify re-installing, rough-in the new stall with a strainer that has a neoprene gasket.
The drain had a thick lead ring between the waste pipe and the drain in the shower base. I hammered an old screw driver into the lead and was able to pull it out from between the pipe and the old base drain. Once the lead ring was out the tray was freely moving and with the help of my daughter we were able to lift it out of it's tight quarters. New one slid into place and uses a thick rubber gasket to go around the waste pipe and seal the drain.
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