Oftentimes (sorry, I did type that with my pinkie in the air…) you don’t have access to the floor beneath your shower in order to install your drain. Not usually a problem unless your drain pipe beneath the floor is hanging in the wind! Okay, not hanging in the wind, but not absolutely sturdy either.
It’s difficult to get a good seal when installing your drain if your drain pipe isn’t solid. It pushes down as you try to push the drain onto it. That doesn’t work. So get yourself some string. Or wire. Or anything else you can wrap around your drain pipe beneath the floor and up through the hole for the drain.
DO NOT use one of your wife’s scarves! Not that I’ve, umm, done that…
First get your string wrapped around a spot on the pipe where it won’t slip off, because that will cause you to invent a whole new vocabulary of cuss words. Trust me on that. I normally wrap it around the opposing elbow of the p-trap. See the S-shaped pipe? That’s the P-trap. Obviously named by an alphabetically challenged plumber…
Now you can either sit there and hold the string while the adhesive cures, or you can pound a nail into your substrate to wrap it around while it cures – your choice. Depends on how much time you have and how close your
beer Pepsi is.
Once it cures you can remove the string and you’ll have a good seal between your drain and the pipe without going completely insane! (Well, any more than you already are, anyway…)
Hey Plumbers! I know what the ideal situation is with the drain, p-trap, brackets, etc. This is for people who do not have the ideal situation, and can’t get below the floor to make it ideal. So if you’re gonna give me shit about it at least try to be funny. MMK?Thanks.