I'm trying to take out a shower pan. I have the drain cover off but am having trouble with the drain itself. Everything online suggests that I need to drill some holes and shimmy the gasket out to free the pan from the floor.

But my drain has no such gasket. It seems like instead there is a soft metal, I can drill into it but have not had much luck loosening.

Does anyone know what this is or how I can remove it? The home Was built in the mid 80s and I believe the shower is original.


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  • Katy, you say you are trying to take out a shower pan, which generally refers to the entire shower floor including all layers (sloped dry pack, waterproof membrane, sloped floor). Are you really just trying to remove the drain assembly? Sep 25, 2016 at 0:38
  • Yes we are removing the entire shower pan, all layers. But the drain assembly is preventing us from doing so. Sep 25, 2016 at 0:49
  • The lower half of the drain assembly is embedded in the shower floor, if you intend to replace that drain assembly you will likely need to chisel up cement all around it. They are cemented in (the "cement" is usually dry pack, which is sand and cement packed in while damp). Sep 25, 2016 at 1:00
  • Do you have access to the plumbing underneath?
    – Comintern
    Sep 25, 2016 at 1:02
  • Maybe I'm not sure what the drain assembly entails. I plan to replace the top part, the part that seals with the shower floor and is topped with a grate. But The drain itself is fine. I just want to take the shower pan out and replace it. Currently the pan is stuck on the drain, seemingly with this lead filling. Sep 25, 2016 at 1:06

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You will likely need to chisel it out:

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  • That picture makes sense, but our drain doesn't look like this. The upper portion of our drain is glued or stuck to the shower pan. We just need to get the pan out. Sep 25, 2016 at 1:17
  • Thanks for your advice! I ended up drilling and chiseling around in a circle until the floor pan came free. Sep 26, 2016 at 2:17

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