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Unread 01-18-2020, 05:41 PM   #1
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Oatey shower drain assembly stripped

Two questions.

1. Can I do a flood test of the tile bed? My installers did not do a flood test of the pan.

2. I have an Oatey drain assembly that is stripped. It's the female portion that attaches to the waste line. Photo attached is the male end.
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Unread 01-18-2020, 06:07 PM   #2
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Well, here I am trying to figger out your title, Jerry, and coming up short.

Show us the stripped portion.

You have a traditional mud/liner/mud shower receptor and the top mud bed and tile are in place, but you removed the portion of the drain shown in your photo? And you want to do a flood test as it now stands?

It can be done, but it takes a while to fully saturate the top mud bed which, if properly installed, is at least 1 1/2 inches thick. You need to put a test ball in the drain below the weep holes, fill the receptor with at least a couple inches of water and let that sit for a few hours. Then fill the receptor to just below the top of the curb and mark the water level and let that sit at least 24 hours for your leak test. Putting a straight sided vessel of some sort, pan, glass, cup, etc, outside the shower and also filled with water will allow you to verify evaporation if there is any question about the level in the shower going down.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Unread 01-18-2020, 09:03 PM   #3
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Sometimes I wonder if auto spell check does more to help or hurt us. I’ll take a shot at Jerry’s intending to name his thread:
Oatey shower drain assembly stripped”
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Unread 01-18-2020, 09:43 PM   #4
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I did think it was a odd choice for a title, but hell I came to party!!!
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Unread 01-18-2020, 11:19 PM   #5
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I went ahead and corrected the title. I just couldn't look at it any more.

So there are three parts to this drain.

The lower part attaches to the drain line. It has the four threaded holes in it that the bolts go into to secure the middle part of the assembly. Are any of those stripped out?

The middle part of the assembly has the four bolt holes, and the center part is threaded. It's secured on top of the liner with the four bolts. The center part accepts the upper part of the drain, which is shown in your picture. Is it the center part that is stripped?

If it's the center part, that's an easy enough fix. Take the two upper parts of your drain to a big box store and buy another drain that matches, so the parts are interchangeable. If it's the lower part that is somehow damaged, that'll be a whole different ball game.

Let us know which it is.
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If someone steps on the top section that has the grate before the floor is mudded, it can strip the threads. I've always been able to get the top section back on straight but it can be a pain.

One of the first things I do in a shower is remove the top grate and cover the drain with duct tape. That way I'm not stepping or tripping on it.
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Unread 01-19-2020, 02:01 PM   #7
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Oatey Shower drain assembly stripped

Thanks for the replies.

Yes, it's the center section that receives the piece pictured in the OP. Kmans suggestion is what I figured I could do.

I can put the old one in now but it results in a non-level drain cap. I'll go with replacing it.

I have to remove some mud as the bolts are covered. Do I need to add mud back in?
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Unread 01-19-2020, 05:53 PM   #8
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You probably will. Post a picture of it if you can.
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Don't forget to protect the weep holes with gravel. Doesn't sound like it was done the first time.
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Unread 01-21-2020, 07:45 PM   #10
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Good call Davy. I'll be sure to check.
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Unread 01-29-2020, 07:52 PM   #11
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Back to this. I tested just the receptor by filling water to the top of drain hole but not over liner. All was fine.

Then tested the entire pan without the top drain assembly. Or plugged the hole and tested as shown in the picture below. I have leakage right at the drain and at the bolts. One he maybe two bolts. Or it appears that way.

Should I have installed the entire assembly? Is that why I'm leaking?
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The drain has three pieces, the bottom flange, the middle ring section and the top grate. To test the liner, you need to leave the top grate section off but have the ring bolted down to the bottom flange.
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Unread 01-29-2020, 08:07 PM   #13
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Roger that. Thanks Davey. I'm guessing that's why, weap holes.
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The weep holes are in the middle ring section. Do you have a test ball or plug?
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Unread 01-29-2020, 08:15 PM   #15
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Yes. So I should install re middle part before testing. Gravel too?
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