New Shower Drain Installation Problem

trinintybayMay 23, 2011

As part of our new home construction, we requested the tile installer use Ebbe Square drains because we liked the idea of removing them to clean the hair out of the drain. He saw the drains and told us that would not be a problem.

The showers are complete and rather than simply lifting the grate with the puller, the installer is telling me that I need to use a drywall knife to cut around the grate to loosen it before I can pull it out. Then when I replace the disposable hair trap, I need to replace the grate and recaulk. Could someone please look at this site and tell me if that is how this should be done?

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I'm not familiar with that drain, but a quick look at their site makes me wonder about an improper install. It sounds like the drain was just set onto the fresh mortar without consideration to the directions (or maybe something wasn't lining up after it was installed), and then it wouldn't stay put afterward so they siliconed it in place. Call the mfr to get more info. I would consider a repair by chipping out the adjacent tiles, removing the drain top, etc. and reinstalling a new one. (Don't mess with the drain flange underneath!) If it's similar to a Schluter drain, it's a bit of a pain but it can be done. Again, call the mfr to get more details. Good luck.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ebbe

    Bookmark   May 24, 2011 at 9:36AM
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homebound - Thanks for your comments. I had also x-posted on the bathroom forum and received some responses. I called the mfg and sent him pics. Ebbe drains is sending me a remover and two new construction plugs in case the grate needs to be reset. The tile installer has called me back and told me that he will do whatever it takes to complete the job to our satisfaction. I really think the tile installer just did not understand how to set the grate for easy removal.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2011 at 8:50AM
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Good news. I removed both grates with the remover kit from Ebbe and sent them pics of the installation in both showers. They advised that it appeared they were installed properly but just caulked and siliconed into place. I went over their instructions with our tile installer, who cleaned up the grate and fitted it into the plate without silicone. It fits perfectly and has no screws. I sent final pics to Ebbe and they agreed that everything appeared to be properly fitted.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2011 at 10:17PM
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Thanks for the update. That is good news.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2011 at 8:04AM
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I am installing a new corian shower pan. The plumber thinks the Oatley shower drain will leak. It fits over a 2 inch cast iron pipe with just a ribbed rubber gasket. Shouldn't there be a clamp or solvent to hold into place? Has anyone installed this type of drain?

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 11:45AM
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