Use a special drain assembly to quickly and easily install a new drain from the top.
Replace a shower drain without destroying the ceiling. Install a specific drain assembly from the top.
Shower Drain Installation: How to replace a shower drain from the top
Old leaky drain
An ancient drain may leak due to faulty gaskets or damaged joints. Any completed ceiling below will reveal stains.
If you have a leaky shower drain and don’t want to cut open a finished ceiling to get at it from below, consider using a special drain such as the WingTite Drain, which can be installed from above if the drain is in a plastic or fiberglass shower base.
This drain has an O-ring that seals to a typical 2-in. ABS or PVC drainpipe (adapters are available for 1-1/2-in. and 2-in. copper pipe). Four “wings” flip out under the shower base to clamp the drain in place. The job takes about 30 minutes and requires no special plumbing tools.
Remove Shower Drain Cover
The most challenging part is removing the old drain flange. You’ll probably have to cut it with a hacksaw blade and pry it loose in sections from the shower pan. Leave the existing drainpipe intact.
The WingTite Drain slips over the drainpipe, and an O-ring seals it. Apply 100 percent silicone sealant to the underside of the drain flange to seal to the shower base. A stainless cover fits over the top (although decorator finishes are also available). Find out how you can eliminate the smell in your shower drain.
Required Tools for this shower drain installation Project
Having the necessary tools for this DIY shower drain installation project lined up before you start save time and frustration.