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    I am remodeling my shower stall. I took things down to studs and plywood.
    Is there any need to cut out the subfloor and to put in a new p-trap?
    The shower is 14 years old. How likely it is partially clogged?

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    What material is the P-trap made of? If it's pvc or abs, it should be fine. If not, run a snake through it. If it's CI, it would depend on how old the structure is as the p-trap may not have been replaced 14-years ago. A CI one could last many decades...the operative word is could.
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    My drain is ABS (black plastic tube). It's fairly cheap and easy to change.
    Cutting the prying the subfloor is the bulk of the work.
    Is it worth the effort?

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    If the drain is where you want it and properly vented, I see no big reason to change it.
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