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Old 08-14-2004, 12:52 PM   #1
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Shower drain seal

The shower drain in my '71 Safari appears to be leaking.

I am going to reseal it but I am not sure if I should use silicone or plumbers putty.

I think the shower pan is fiberglass but I am not sure.

Any ideas what I should use?

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Old 08-14-2004, 01:05 PM   #2
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Plumber's Putty

Plumber's putty would be my vote, at least if it doesn't work it is easy to clean off. I would do a very detailed inspection and make sure that there are no cracks in the fiberglass pan in the immediate are of the drain hole in the pan.

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Plumbers putty ... easy to install ... and fun to work with.
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Thanks guys.

Some where in the back of my head I remember sometimes your not supposed to use plumbers pudy because it reacts to certain surfaces.

I just wanted to make sure it was alright to use on my shower pan.
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And don't forget to use the Friction Ring between the rubber gasket and the big jam nut. This lets you tighten the nut without binding it against the nut and rubber gasket.

Some plumbers will use a silicon sealant now a days as it does seal better and will last longer than the putty. The problem is they don't have the time to let it set up for 24 hours before attaching the rest of the drain piping. They will use silicon more frequently during new construction as they are not on the clock as they are in residential repair.
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Well.... I guess I should have asked this first.

How do you remove it to reseal it?

There is a panel on the bottom that gives me access to the drain trap, but there is not much room to work down there.

Does the drain unscrew from the top somehow?
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Bumping this to the top....

Does anyone know how to remove the shower drain?

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