How to Install a Shower Drain

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    Installing a Shower Drain

    Wet bathroom floor and shower head
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    There are a several options when choosing a shower drain for your preformed shower base installation. Your choice depends on your shower pan and your situation. And the type of pipe you have in your home may help determine which shower drain material you should buy. The manufacturer’s recommendations for both the shower pan and the drain may also help you determine which shower drain to buy.

    Keep in mind that shower drains are made to fit 2" drain pipe. Two-inch pipe is the recommended pipe...MORE size because showers have a low threshold for flooding, and 2" pipe helps the water drain faster than does a 1 1/2" pipe. So, if you are converting from a tub and shower combination to a shower, you'll likely have to change drain pipe size.

    Now let's take a look at some typical shower drains and a quick explanation of how to install them.

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