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Unread 08-05-2019, 09:00 PM   #1
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I have a question about a shower drain installation. I’m new at tiling so I tiled the shower walls and bathroom floor but I had the plumber install a Kohler shower base and drain. It looks terrible.
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On a good note, the tiling went well.
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Nice job tiling, Kurt, but you're right, the drain looks like crap.

Is there a gasket between the drain riser (white pipe) and the drain body? I think I see it - appears to be black, and rather chewed up. Also appears the riser is a little taller than it needs to be. And he certainly should of cleaned up the putty around the perimeter of the drain.
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Thanks, Dan.
No, the uneven black stuff is lead. He did cut the pipe too high and also uneven. He said on the phone the white will get discolored over time and it is totally waterproof.
Because of the lead, I don't know how to change this setup without removing the base and I'm not doing that. Do you know if the lead can be drilled out from above?
Also, the tub spout is a little loose. Plumber said a bead of caulk will steady it. While that is probably true, I feel that a new installation should be firmly in place. Any ideas on that?
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What is the lead ? A Pan? Pipe?
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Poured lead over oakum, if I understand it right. Seals the pvc to the Kohler drain.
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He used lead to make the seal between the metal drain body and the plastic pipe? Huh, I'd have guessed a tapered rubberized foam gasket would have been specified by the drain manufacturer. I'm just a hack DIY plumber but, given that the plastic expands and contracts, I don't know how lead will maintain a long term seal.
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I'm guessing that is NOT in the Kohler Directions! Your going to end up with a mess.
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Looked up the installation instructions for the Kohler drain and the oakum/lead method is included as an alternate option. That makes me feel a little better but he did a poor job of it aesthetically.
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