Over the past four years we have seen a significant increase in both interest and use of the Kerdi shower system, especially with the DIY non-professional member set on this Forum. During the past three months alone (Jun., Jul., Aug., 2007) we've had 491 new threads dealing with Kerdi. During the same 3-month time period in 2005 it was 336 new Kerdi threads. Then in 2004 that 3-month thread count was at 139.
With this growth in interest there has also been quite a few posts from members working on plumbing rough-in while awaiting delivery of their Kerdi Drain. Where do I cut the riser? How big of a hole do I cut in the sub-floor? How much concrete must I chip out around the existing tailpiece (riser)? These are a few of the questions I've seen.
Thus, the purpose of this thread is hopefully to answer these rough-in questions before this
Here’s what you get inside
(From left to right, top to bottom)
A. Drain grate with height adjustment collar attached. Available finishes are:
a. Stainless steel
b. Brushed brass
c. Brushed copper
d. Brushed nickel (my personal favorite)
Aš Drain grate lateral adjustment collar
B. Kerdi Drain
C. Template for Kerdi membrane cutout over drain flange
D. Template for sub-floor cutout (or slab demo around drain riser)
E. Schulter Customer Service/Tech. Support numbers to call for assistance
F. Kerdi-Kereck – (6) each inside corners
G. Kerdi-Kereck – (2) each for outside corners
H. Installation CD. A much expanded version of the video on the Schluter website covering:
a. Prefabricated Kerdi-Shower tray and curb installation
b. Mortar bed installation
d. Kerdi Waterproofing membrane
e. Tile setting with profiles
The remainder of this article will focus solely upon the Kerdi Drain. For detailed installation information with pictures on the entire Kerdi system, I encourage you to visit the On-Line store GO HERE
and get yourself a copy of John’s new Kerdi eBook.
...and now, back to the Drain.
Overview of basic dimensions
Diagram providing rough-in details
Some additional notes
A. Make sure you order the correct Drain, PVC or ABS to match your plumbing.
B. When cutting/chipping out the hole for the Drain ahead of time, even though the dia. of the upper section below the flange is 4-5/16", give yourself some wiggle room and make the cutout closer to 5”. Filling the remainder of the hole around the drainpipe with deck mud as shown in the drawing above is recommended but not mandatory.
C. If you find yourself in need to cut the tailpiece off below the surface with limited or no access from below, invest in an inside pipe cutting saw. They can be found at most places where plumbing supplies are sold, priced in the $10 to $15 range and will fit into a regualar 3/8" drill. They are for plastic pipe only.
This particular model has a depth adjustment collar attachment which can be slipped onto the shaft then locked into place with a set screw. The collar spins with the shaft and while "riding" upon the top of the existing pipe helps to insure a nice clean level cut all the way around.
Good luck with your rough-in.
I received a PM today from a member asking about that inside pipe cutter and where to get it. Here is the link to the manufacturer's website (mod edit: Link no longer works. The tool looks like the photo above. I bought mine at a plumbing supply store. If you search on Amazon using the term "inside pipe cutter" you'll find what you need. )
Just read a thread today (7-18-06) where Tim used a Dremel tool as an inside pipe cutter. I know many y'all have posted owing Dremel tools so if you have one, looks like it will do the job. Click here to read more - post # 7