Help with plumbing a drain for a new shower? (with example picture)


Currently redoing our master bathroom, placing a shower where a tub used to be but also modifying the plumbing in the process to accommodate the new shower pan.

I have two choices to route the new shower drain to, the old tub plumbing in purple or the old shower plumbing in orange. If I go to the purple line I have to go through two joists as well as deal with a hard to reach existing p trap which is under a closet wall. I can't go directly to the 90° sweep that's in the same joist space as the new p trap because of how close the sweep is to the top plate of the first floor and the existing joist so my next option is to hop over to the next joist space and tap into the orange line with something like a sanitary T. What I'm not sure of is if this is an illegal use of a sanitary T and or will there be venting problems. Unfortunately I can't tap into the vertical vent pipe because it's already been finished with backer and tile on the wall as well as the floor.


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The new tile shower was ready for the first time on Friday of last week. Over the past few days, I've realized that there is just a bit of water puddling about six inches away from the drain. It's not a lot, but it's just enough that if someone takes a shower in the morning, come nightfall, that section of the shower is still wet, with maybe something like 1/8" to 1/4" shallow little puddle. It's tiny enough that a typical kitchen towel can soak up the water.

This bothers me, because i don't know if this will cause problems down the road. It's a brand new tiled shower installation where we didn't have a shower, so it's got a brand-new wetbed, a PreSlope product was used to "guarantee a proper slope", a waterproof membrane, redguard, etc.

Since no one else in my family noticed it, I thought at first maybe I was just being super-picky/observant, or maybe I was imagining it. So to test it, I took a golf ball, gently chucked it into the shower to let it roll around and...

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This article will cover all of the steps required to install a standard alcove bathtub and shower combination. If your planning to install your own bathtub and shower there will be a significant amount of carpentry and plumbing work to be preformed so please read the entire article to make sure it's a project your able to handle.

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Running Drain and Vent Lines

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If you must run drainpipes across a floor, carefully calculate the amount of vertical space available; you must slope the drainpipe at 1/8 to 1/4 inch drop per foot.

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Rubber Gasket For Shower Drain....HELP

Installed a new fiberglass shower pan, with the brass no caulk drain. I have tryed 2 different rubber gaskets that go into the drain, both seem to fit the 2" PVC in the floor a little loose. When I screw down the jam nut, it doesnt seem to seal, I can see that its not tight around the drain pipe looking down at it with a flashlight. The drain pipe is 2", pan is set on concrete floor. This is a remodel, the old pan that was in there had no leak problem, client wanted new. Am I missing something, is there a "trick" to this? Or is there a better drain to use. Thanks for any...

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Is this manufactured pan, or a site-built pan with a liner?

At either type, unless I can establish visually that the water is from the pan and not the drain plumbing below the drain base at the clamp assembly, (if a site built pan) or the drain assembly (if a manufactured pan) my first step in testing shower pans is to inject water into the plumbing just below the drain openings in the drain base or the drain assembly.

I use a special testing device which I made for this purpose, consisting of a weighted base with the correct length nipple to reach below the drain or drain base and a sponge rubber gasket to prevent water from splashing back up the drain,

but you can perform the same test by inserting a hose to the correct depth and turning on the water just enough so that it does not splash back upwards.

If you get a leak as a result of this test, it's in the plumbing below the drain assembly or base.

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Three theories of suds in the drain -I think this problem persists, for many people.
My mom's machine is doing it right now.
The plumber couldn't fix it, but he put on the gray rubber collar,
which reduced the outflow by 80-90%, but it still needs to be wrapped with a towel.
I like KULTULZ's example, the almost-sealed fitting and the smooth black hose.
I bet Luann's paint roller works pretty well too.
But I just want people (including washer mfrs) to start thinking about how to prevent suds generation in the drain
instead of trying to seal it in, which isn't quite working in my case.
The machine usually doesn't make suds inside; it's carefully designed not to.
"Inside" would mean before the drain pump, assuming there is one.

The pump might well make suds in the drain hose when it over-runs and sucks air
and pushes bubbles thru the soapy water still standing in the ascending part of the drain hose.
I guess then a smaller...

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A slow drain in the bathroom is often caused by hair. Attach a tub/shower strainer to prevent hair and other materials from clogging the drain. But if you do not have a strainer, clean the drain frequently. To do so, use a straightened wire hanger with a hooked end and push it straight inside the drain. Gently pull out the hair using the hooked end. Do this a couple of time until the wire comes out clean, while ensuring that the hanger does not get stuck in the drain. Open the tub/shower to check if the water drains properly. If it does not, call the...

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Whether you're building a new home or remodeling, adding a shower is a great way to add luxury to your bathroom. Before you
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