Replace a shower drain without tearing open the ceiling below. Use a special drain assembly and install it from the top.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:October 2006
An old drain might leak from bad gaskets or cracked joints. Stains will show up on any finished ceiling below.
A special drain assembly mounts from the top and clamps onto the shower pan.
If you have a leaky shower drain and don’t want to cut open a finished ceiling to get at it from below, consider using a special
drain such as the WingTite
Drain, which can be installed from
above if the drain is in a plastic or
fiberglass shower base.
This drain has an O-ring that seals to
a typical 2-in.ABS or PVC drainpipe
(adapters are available for 1-1/2-in. and
2-in. copper pipe). Four “wings” flip out
under the shower base to clamp the
drain in place. The job takes about 30
minutes and doesn’t require any special
The toughest part is removing the
old drain flange. You’ll probably have to
cut it with a hacksaw blade and pry it
loose in sections from the shower pan.
Leave the existing drainpipe intact. The
WingTite Drain simply slips over the
drainpipe and an O-ring seals it.
apply 100 percent silicone sealant to
underside of the drain flange to seal
to the shower base. A stainless
cover fits over the top (although decorator
finishes are also available).
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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