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    Default Question regard cast iron drain

    I was told by my title guy that since I have a cast iron drain for my shower, that he had to use natural stone round the drain because the cermic tile I have will have a chemical reaction with cast iron. Is this true? In his defense he does do beautiful work. Thats for help.
    Terry

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    Default Re: Question regard cast iron drain

    Did he set ceramic tile and then around the drain use a piece of natural stone?

    I never heard of tile reacting to cast iron, but that doesn't mean it's not so.
    My initial thought is he could not make a neat clean cut around the drain using ceramic, but using natural stone he could.

    Can you ask him for any technical data to back up his statement?

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    Default Re: Question regard cast iron drain

    I've never heard of that one in my 50+ years in the business. But that's not saying it isn't true. We learn something every day.

    John

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    Default Re: Question regard cast iron drain

    It's news to me too. But is it true? we need to research it.

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    Default Re: Question regard cast iron drain

    Never seen a cast iron shower drain. Floor drain, yes. Galvanized pipe leading to a cast iron main, yes. The drain unit is always brass or bronze fitted to the leader pipe with a compression nut/adapter. For pretty obvious reasons, cast is not brought up into the finished space, it usually never extends beyond the floor or wall planes.
    If you had a picture it would be interesting.
    Casey
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    Default Re: Question regard cast iron drain

    He's fibbing

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    Default Re: Question regard cast iron drain

    Quote Originally Posted by Sombreuil_mongrel View Post
    Never seen a cast iron shower drain. Floor drain, yes. Galvanized pipe leading to a cast iron main, yes. The drain unit is always brass or bronze fitted to the leader pipe with a compression nut/adapter. For pretty obvious reasons, cast is not brought up into the finished space, it usually never extends beyond the floor or wall planes.
    If you had a picture it would be interesting.
    Casey
    Casey, you haven't been around long enough. They did make cast iron shower drains that were used with lead pans.

    John

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