shower basin starts to slowly drip water to downstairs

Old 10-18-17, 07:01 PM
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How to seal shower drain in the correct way?

Hello all,

I just found that the water slowly drips to downstairs through the crack of the seal.

I have removed the shower drain but damage the drain.

Question1> Does anyone know the model of my shower drain? I have problems to find it through homedepot.

Question2> What is the correct way to reseal the new drain to the shower pan?
I don't want to use sealant that forms a permanent bond b/c it will be hard to service later.

In the following video, the person simply uses plumbing putty to seal the perimeter of the drain.
Is t hat the right way? should I also apply teflon tape on the thread?
Should I replace the rubber seal?

Thank you
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Last edited by q0987; 10-18-17 at 09:19 PM.
Old 10-19-17, 05:41 AM
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Your post is confusing. In one photo you are asking how to remove the part of the drain and in another photo it is out and mangled.

The removable part of the drain (drain barrel) is removed with a special wrench that engages the square notches. In your other photo it looks like you pried and grabbed the thin outer lip which destroyed the piece.

If you look closely at the piece you removed you might get lucky and see the faint company name and model number. Unfortunately the drain fitting I have in my warehouse now has the manufacturers name on the drain base, not the adjustable barrel. Otherwise you need to just get some fittings until you find a drain barrel that matches what you need.

Plumbers putty is commonly used to seal the drain barrel's outer flange to the shower pan. It looks like your old piece was also sealed with plumbers putty but it looks like they also got it on the threads which further sticks it in place.
Old 10-19-17, 05:54 AM
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Hello Pilot,

The outer flange was originally installed with putty on thread and some kind of yellow glue on the underside of the top portion.
It is almost impossible to remove it without damage it. Finally, I found the model is Sioux Chief 825 Series.

Based on the instruction, it says to use a bead of silicone to the underside of the top portion.

Based on homedepot website(, it says "Not for use with putty" which matches the instruction manual.

Question> Personally, I prefer to use plumbing putty because it will be again difficult to remove in the future if I use silicone sealant this time. What is your preference in such case? Putty or silicone?

Thank you

FIY: installation video on this model:

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