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Old 05-12-2011, 01:18 AM   #1
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A customer of mine purchased a 42"x42" cast iron, free standing, claw foot shower base and I'm having a bit of trouble finding a drain that will work with it. Apparently, this base is made with either a 3 1/2" drain hole or a 2" drain hole. I don't think she realized there was a reason to choose one over the other and she bought the one with the 2" opening. What would you use for a drain for this?





A tub drain will work but because they only have one base that they drill for 2 different drain openings, the sunken area is made for a full sized shower drain. If I install a tub drain, there will be an area around the basket that will hold water and probably discolor. Also, I'm unsure of what would be the best way to secure it from below. A tub shoe isn't the greatest idea because I'd then need to turn another 90 to go through the floor. I'd like to drop straight down into a trap, of course.

Any ideas on a drain that would have a 4" wide cover plate or trim, yet fit through a 2" opening?







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I'd find a cover that fits into the indentation, then expoxy a 3" x 2" reducing coupling to the underside...
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The problem I see is a 2" hole is too small for a 2" drain. Is there any chance she could return it for the right pan? A restocking charge would be a lot cheaper now than after you fail your inspection.

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The problem I see is a 2" hole is too small for a 2" drain. Is there any chance she could return it for the right pan? A restocking charge would be a lot cheaper now than after you fail your inspection.

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This is exactly the problem. What is driving me nuts is why they make this product. On the website she ordered it from they have accessories and the drain they show is a chrome plated w&o. It's not like the manufacturer messed up and drilled the wrong hole, this is a product they sell. I mentioned to her that the best option is to send it back for a new one. I know she doesn't want to do that but it may be her only option. I also told her a shower needs a 2" drain and I'm very uncomfortable "customizing" something that isn't designed for this application when it could leak all over her hardwood floors.

And Steve. Thanks for the idea but I think I'll pass.








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You can't get the correct drain from the manufacturer? That would be the first person Id call. If they don't have it then she's gonna have to return it.
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You can't get the correct drain from the manufacturer? That would be the first person Id call. If they don't have it then she's gonna have to return it.

It's not legal to install as configured.

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It's not legal to install as configured.

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I ASSUME THIS IS PLASTIC! If the drain recess is for a full size strainer why don't you redrill it? With the proper disclaimers of course. Make sure you use double face tape to stick a piece of scrap
wood or plastc under the base to keep the new size hole centered.
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I ASSUME THIS IS PLASTIC! If the drain recess is for a full size strainer why don't you redrill it? With the proper disclaimers of course. Make sure you use double face tape to stick a piece of scrap
wood or plastc under the base to keep the new size hole centered.
It's cast iron. I think he should have her return it.

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i assume this is plastic! If the drain recess is for a full size strainer why don't you redrill it? With the proper disclaimers of course. Make sure you use double face tape to stick a piece of scrap
wood or plastc under the base to keep the new size hole centered.
sorry i reread this it does say cast iron. Maybe the customer would buy you a diamond bit.
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Depends on your code...
IPC says 1.5 minimum drain for shower. Don't know the others, but so understand that it can be due to the volume of water. Since its free standing I doubt you'll have body sprays. Probably looking at a regular shower head, a rain shower at most. In addition, a tub only gas a 1.5 drain, but you have no problem with that right?

I'd go with whatever the manufacturer has to offer for a drain.
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