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    Being a new homeowner and amatuer DIYer, I am having a dilemma while trying to remove a 15 year old shower drain. It is rusted and corroded, I have managed to loosen it and it turns somewhat freely. But, I have been turning it for a LONG time with no progress. Looking down into the (nasty) drain, I noticed what looks like the pipe the drain is in also turns with the drain itself. I have very limited crawl space underneath the house, so that is probably not an option for myself. Any suggestions?

    Also, thank you for the wisdom in these forums, they've helped me a lot in the past!

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    Can you post a picture? 800 pixels or less.
    Are you replacing the shower pan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    Can you post a picture? 800 pixels or less.
    Are you replacing the shower pan?
    Thanks for the reply Terry, no I am not replacing the pan. I just wanted to replace the drain/strainer because it looked so bad. Here are the pictures you requested. I should also let you know, I got in the crawlspace and made it to the pipe coming from the shower. Had my wife turn the drain but no pipe under the house also turned.




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    The chromed part should not spin. That would be attached from the underside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    The chromed part should not spin. That would be attached from the underside.
    I am sorry, I do not follow. Could you explain in more detail? If it is not supposed to spin, how does it come out? Or should the "golden rusty" piece be the only one coming out as it is not turning at all by itself. The other tub/shower drain in the house was replaced in the same fashion last year. And again, thank you for the quick reply.

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    I believe that the inner ring of the drain is threaded into the outer (chrome) ring of the drain. They are two halves of the drain. If the outer section is loose, it will need to be held from under the shower pan (if it were accessible). There comes a point where cutting the drain out becomes a necessary evil. Much care must be used to not damage the shower pan.
    Last edited by cacher_chick; 03-16-2013 at 07:18 PM.

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    IS this old piping not getting updated?

    Why not bashed it out? We find using an old screwdriver (flat head) and a framing hammer is an easy way to punch out the drain collar in the tub.

    You might drill it out with a sceries of small 1/4" holes.

    Of course this will destroy the tub - is it going anyway?

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    No the old piping is not getting updated, nor is the shower stall. Piping still looks great, the drain was just very rusty and unsightly. Wife wanted it replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saeefamily4 View Post
    No the old piping is not getting updated, nor is the shower stall. Piping still looks great, the drain was just very rusty and unsightly. Wife wanted it replaced.
    Sorry - I got nothing for you.

    We struggle to twist these out and when regular methods fail we smash it out.

    Perhaps it was stripped when it was first installed?

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