How To Connect Shower Base To Drain

We’re hooking up the plumbing for a shower base. This is the vacation trailer that we have gone through replacing floors, toilets, new shower. Basically, we’ve had to run through the trailer because of a massive water leak.

00:00 Follow along with a handyman
00:25 To get the shower base in, we need to connect to the current plumbing
00:45 It’s ABS but we’re going to connect to schedule 40
01:30 Got the first part adapted
01:45 Measuring the center of the base from the outside wall
02:20 Use the plywood to measure from/to
02:45 Now we need to go three and three-quarter to the center of the drain
03:30 We’ll dry-fit it first
05:15 We’re gluing the pipes together
05:50 Need another adapter to get to the drain size
06:30 Going to the drain to put the pipe in
06:40 How do I get inside the drain they give me???
07:00 The cross bar allows you to turn down the drain with a screw driver
08:00 Putting the drain into the shower base
10:00 It’s an inch to an inch and half
10:45 Want to take off the plastic cover over the drain, unless you’re doing grout in the area
12:00 Checking the fit for the drain
12:40 He’s going to reach under and attach the plumbing to the drain.
13:00 Trying to figure out how much room they need
13:27 We’re back with 4′ level, checking to see how close we are
14:30 Need a three and three quarters to meet the drain
15:00 We’re doing this so we don’t have to go underneath the house
15:15 We put glue on the piece and was able to drop down the base and guide it into place
15:30 We’ll do some fastening to the wood, then looking at the instructions
16:30 He was fussing about Prodex, we think, being Spanish instructions only
17:21 Be an American, not an American’t

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So we can get the shower base in. We’re going to have to connect into this drain and that vent. It is ABS but we’re going to go and connect it to schedule 40 so what I’ll do, I’ve already cleaned up where we cut it from underneath. We went underside, I’m going to go ahead and this is got to be careful now.

I’ve got a lot of, not putting the primer on it. Because it’s not going to be under pressure. I don’t think we’re going to have any issues.

Ewww, it’s going to be hard to get it adapted.

There we go.

“You need a hand right there by that lid?”

Yeah, got that in.

“All right.”

And there we go.

Now let’s go to the base. This base the center would be on this side here from the inside wall to the center of it, it’s about 15 inches in the center this way, about eight and a quarter. Now, this piece of plywood would be a line we could go to since I don’t have the plate there. That never was there, rotted out.

12 inches to here and we’re eight inches this way. Eight and a quarter. So eight and a quarter from 12 inches would be three and three quarter. And that’s what I’ve got marked here. And then 15 inches from this wall like we talked about getting to the center again it’s right there. So and what I’ve got to do now is go three and three quarter, like we said right there to the center of that drain this is a trap that we need to have and it’s adjustable.

So, about right there need to be right here and we’ll dry fit it at first to make sure it works so I won’t have to keep cutting and put more couplings and stuff, things you can do if you make a mistake. So we’ll go outside and we’ll cut this and we’ll come back in here and try it out and then we’ll see what we need to do to come up then we’ll put the drain on. So we’ll cut away and I’ll come back when we get ready to put this together. This is supposed to fit right there.

Looks like we need to cut some off. Cut a little off. Now, we’ve measured three and three quarters to the center this way, and 15 from the wall this way.

That means this can be all glued together and it works. Make sure we don’t put this glue over something like that plastic base and dripping on there and ruin it.

“For the floor?”

Now we’ve got to adapt an inch and a half. It’s an inch and a half to two inch adapter which I’ll go ahead and put in the base itself. We’ll have to have a little piece coming up to it. I’m wondering if I can reach from here without having to crawl underneath here to do it. Probably can That being said, let’s go ahead, go to the drain and put that in.

They’re going to give you is a drain that you can get like this and you’re like, oh, how do I get inside there? Well, I’ll take a blade screwdriver and then pop it up you don’t have to drop it like I just did. So this, let me have that. This allows you to turn down this piece right here with a screwdriver.

“Why would you do that?”

Because you can tighten it down on that rubber and tighten down the.

“Oh, the top.”

To tighten caulking nut use screwdriver this has got rubber gasket in here. The nut goes on last this here, which is to keep you from twisting up. The rubber goes next to last. The first thing goes on is this rubber will stick it through here. You either need to put plumber’s putty or some clear silicone. So we’ll cut away. I’ll put some and we’re going to put that right here.

Plumber’s putty or clear silicone. Let’s do that, cut away.

Rubber and then plastic. Sometimes they give you cardboard on smaller sink drains either way it’s to keep this nut from twisting that rubber gasket up. Yep. Fancier ones, to do this, but this’ll work.

All right, Then we can take the blade screwdriver after we put the adapter on it, you know, so two inch to an inch and a half.

“No gluing required.”

All right. There it is, then we put this. It’s got a plastic cover on it, you’ll pull that off you don’t have to do it right now. But if you were doing grout or something, you would leave it on for a while, take it off the last. When you’re doing the sewer, then we walk this in.

“You still need a piece for.”

Yeah, well I’m thinking about reaching underneath.

“Well, you still need a piece to go in.”

Yes. I’m thinking about reaching underneath. Allen and Roth base. Put this outside somewhere, for now. I don’t want it on the floor. OK, looking down in here, we’re pretty good and I got a gap back there, may have to build it up with some plywood. We’ll see. That’s another story. Now we’ve got to get connected between the two. Need to get up, it lifted up.

“I can do that, about how much room do we need?”

I don’t really know yet.

Trying not to crawl under. Yeah, let’s get a four foot level. Turn that off, and we’ll see how far down this goes below the floor. This is sitting on the floor. It literally hits right above that washer, right below that washer that all this will be hanging down so all of this measures to one and seven eighths. But we’re going to go one in one inch in here.

So seven eighths of an inch down is where we’re at. So what we’ll do, go inside this and go up to here and then subtract 7/8, maybe even one inch four and seven. So we need a four inch piece maybe three and seven eighths inch.

“Some jackass.”

“I locked the door on him.”

So, this is where we go next is the three and seven eighths inch and a half piece and then we’ll glue it into place in that and then glue it and drop it down into that. We’ll have to guide it in. Most likely this is all doing it so we don’t have to go underneath the house.

We put the piece in he said glued it and this easy down. I litterally could see in there, guided it, dropped it in with glue on it so everything’s glued solid.

In just a minute, we’ll be ready to just run water in it.

Now we’re going to that is how you do your base. We’re going to do some fastening to the wood in different places. And we’re going to look at the instructions with you and we’ll let you know what we see. We have to disallow some of the other languages in here that I’m fine with. I just don’t need it.

Seems like somebody could save some paper money by just not printing that part in that country. But hey, somebody was fussing at me, because I was talking about a product that didn’t have any English on it, but this is French and Spanish and English. So I would rather that product have all those than not my language, which is predominant in the United States of America.

“The predominant across the world.”

It’s also a business language across the world. So anyway, I was fussing, I think it was about the Prodex is all in Spanish and I know some Spanish, but it was all in Spanish. And so I said, you know, why don’t they put it in a language that Americans can read? And somebody corrected me on it saying, well, America goes all the way down to Argentina.

And that’s true. But if all of America could read it, it would be English in it, just like this, as English, Spanish and French. So although I like prodex, and I still use prodex. I don’t like the fact that there’s no instructions in English I would think that would be an advantage if they just did that. But either way, we’re going to get back what you want to provide, but don’t fall asleep reading the instructions.

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