How to Replace a Shower Stall Drain

Shower stall drains and tub drains are not easy to remove and replace. The drain is designed not to leak, so it is actually screwed into the drain pipe. Plumber's putty is applied to the bottom of the drain's flange (the rim of the drain) before it is screwed into place. That is why the drain is difficult to remove. It takes special tools to remove the drain. They make the process much simpler. With these tools, your project will go as planned.

Remove your shower drain with a special extractor.
  1. Unscrew the screw on the top of the drain cap with a screwdriver and remove the drain cap.

  2. Insert the drain extractor into the drain in the closed position with the arms in the cylinder. Attach the socket wrench to the top of the extractor by placing the socket over the bit in the top of the extractor. Turn the socket wrench to the loosen setting.

  3. Push the socket wrench bar counterclockwise (to the left) to dethread the drain. This requires pressure to break the seal of the putty and hard water deposits holding the drain in place. Unscrew the drain and remove it from the shower floor.

  4. Apply plumber's putty along the bottom rim of the new drain. Place the new drain into the shower drain pipe. Insert the drain extractor tool in the drain. Set the socket wrench to tighten by turning the button on the top to the right.

  5. Tighten the drain by turning the socket wrench bar to the right until the drain is threaded onto the pipe. Apply force, but do not overtighten the drain.


  • Using a tool other than a drain extractor risks extensive damage to your drain pipes.
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