View Full Version : Shower pan drain removal help

05-26-2010, 01:48 PM
I am in the process of replacing a 2nd Floor Shower pan and am at the step of separating the pan and gasket from the drain pipe. I don't see a rubber gasket to remove as expected and it appears to be an older style (possible lead oakum filled?). Is there a way I can remove it without damaging the pipe? I would like to avoid opening up the ceiling below if possible. The new shower pan I have came with the gasket and indicates that I do not need to have access to the floor below to install it.


05-26-2010, 02:34 PM
That is a lead and oakum joint. Drill a few holes through the lead and pick the remaining lead out to remove the base. Depending on the size of the base they can be very heavy. They can be broken into peaces with a large hammer if need be.


05-26-2010, 02:49 PM
Thanks John. I will give that a shot. Thanks for the heads up on the base weight.

05-26-2010, 06:42 PM
Also, depending on the pipe's material, you need the correct gasket for the new drain, or it will NOT seal properly.

05-27-2010, 02:28 PM
You do realize that if the new shower pan is not the same size and shape the drain will have to be changed.