Shower drain - no rubber gasket


Old 09-24-16, 03:29 PM
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Question Shower drain - no rubber gasket

Hi All,

I'm trying to take out a shower pan from my master bath. I believe it was installed in the mid 80s.

Everything I read says there should be a rubber gasket that I have to drill into and shimmy out, but my drain has no such rubber gasket. Iinstead, where I'd expect to find it is a soft metal, perhaps lead, holding the drain against the pvc piping. See below.

Does anyone know what this is? How do I remove it?

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Old 09-24-16, 07:01 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

Not the plumbing pro but just looking at your pictures.

I've never seen lead used with PVC. Normally with metal pipe the joint gets packed with oakum and hot lead is poured in for the seal. I don't think the PVC could withstand the heat of the hot lead.

Can you see down to the trap..... is that also PVC ?

Just had a thought..... I'm wondering if PVC was slid into a metal sleeve that is attached to the strainer with lead. Try probing the lead.... see if the lead is actually touching the PVC or is there a thin piece of pipe between the PVC and the lead.

Possibly PVC was slid into a metal sleeve and then attached below the floor with a rubber coupling.
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