I recently moved into a house where the downstairs shower had
apparently leaked. It was ceramic tile over plywood, no apparent
shower pan membrane of any sort but some remnants of tar paper hanging
off the rotted wood.
I've removed the plywood and am in the process of replace/repairing
the rotted wood. My second task is to figure out what to do with the
The existing drain was all metal, not the clamping type and is buried
in concrete. The upper width is about 3" and it shrinks down to the
pipe size a few inches below.
My main question is:
Do I really have to dig out the concrete around that drain to remove
it or can I buy some kinda of dran that will insert into it? I would
build up the floor around it to support the new drain.
I've looked at the clamping style (plastic) and at leave the lower
diameter would fit into this drain cup. I've read that the drains
usually connect to the pipe on the outside, not the inside (seems
counterintuitive to me to keep water from leaking) and I would be
proposing the opposite.
I suppose if the drain ever backed up, the water could find it's way
around my drain and cause a problem.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.