New Shower Base Doesn't Fit with Existing Drain Pipe

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Old 07-20-13, 08:33 PM
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New Shower Base Doesn't Fit with Existing Drain Pipe

I recently renovated a bathroom in my house. I hired someone to lay the tile on the shower wall and floor. He purchased a new shower base and installed it. After they left I noticed that the rubber gasket wasn't installed in the gap around the drain. When I installed the gasket it fell right in and had a large amount of open area around the drain. The gasket I removed from the old shower base was much wider than this one and fit tightly in the shower drain around the pipe. I looked around the web and a couple of home improvement stores but couldn't locate anything that looked like the gasket I had removed from the old shower base.

Any idea on where I might find one?

Another issue I had is that I went to try putting the drain cover in place and found that it wouldn't fit because it is contacting the drain pipe. This new base must sit slightly lower than the old one making the pipe jut up more.

Is it possible to cut the pipe? It is brass.

To complicate things the base is securely installed with the new tile all around it so I cannot move it.

Thanks in advance for your help.
 
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Old 07-20-13, 09:27 PM
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You sure the pipe is brass?

Can you tell us what that rubber piece says please?

Can you remove the rag and take additional pics??? close and far....

Something is not right here.....
 
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Old 07-21-13, 08:14 AM
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Thank you for the reply.

Here is what is on the gasket. "E.L. Mustee & Sons, Inc. Gleve Ohio". "2". "PN 32.401".

The drain pipe is definitely metal. Just looking at the coloration it appears to be brass.

Additional pics attached. Let me know if you need any other pictures.
 
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Old 07-21-13, 09:07 AM
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Uh...thats copper I believe... You need to go in the crawl or basement and change that pipe to 2" pvc...

He purchased a new shower base and installed it.
He should have changed the piping first..

Copper and PVC have different OD......

If its a slab then it should have been done before the pan was installed....
 
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Your 100% right, its copper. That's what I meant. Not sure whey I had brass on the mind.

Thanks for the info. I knew that would have been the answer but hoping it wasn't.

I can't tear it all up again so I'll see if I can get something to work with the existing set-up.
 
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no crawl or basement?????
 
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It's second floor and I don't see any access points from the first floor.
 
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You need to cut the ceiling open...

I dont think you will find anything that will work with that pipe... You will just have leaks IMO.... Was any spray foam put under the shower base?

Can you tell me what that rubber piece says on the strainer? I would like to look up what type strainer that is.....
 
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Lawrosa, thank you for helping.

The strainer is just a plastic top that is supposed to fit in the tub drain hole. The bottom of it is raised in the middle to fit exactly in the tub drain hole.

I'm thinking if I can get the area around the drain pipe sealed with an appropriate sized rubber gasket that I could find a shallow strainer that would fit over top of it.

To answer your question about how the tub went in, I'm not 100% sure. The tilers said that they had secured it to the floor with some type of epoxy.
 
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whats your location? Update profile...

What brand is that base... Mustee???

Thats not the strainer...

In your first post what is that black gasket and whats it say???

What brand is that base is important...
 
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It is a Mustee #3248M
MUSTEE Durabase 32 in. x 48 in. Single Threshold Shower Floor in White-3248M at The Home Depot

Words on the rubber gasket:

"E.L. Mustee & Sons, Inc. Gleve Ohio"
"2"
"PN 32.401"
"UPC Listed"
 
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The black gasket is the rubber insert that should create a water tight seal between the drain pipe and shower base drain hole.

Info on the shower base for the MFG's website.

E. L. Mustee & Sons - DURAWALLŽ Shower Floors Rectangular, Single Threshold
 
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Solution to the problem

Just in case anybody is searching this exact issue and comes across this thread. Here is the resolution:

The provided rubber drain seal that came with the shower base was Mustee part number 32.401, which works in conjuction with PVC 2" pipes.

What was needed was Mustee part number 32.404 that seals specifically for copper 2" pipes, which my drain was.

After contacting Mustee they sent me out the correct drain seal and I had it two days later. It installed fine and fits like a glove.
 
 

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