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Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by jimbo5050, 5 Aug 2007.

  1. jimbo5050

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    Can anyone out there explain shower tray traps to me.

    Sorry if I sound a bit thick but the tray that I have just bought has a very small trap and I can not see how it would work. My understanding was that the traps were U shaped in order that they could 'trap' the water and so prevent odours from entering the bathroom through the waste pipes.

    Do I have to fit a seperate trap spmewhere on the waste run prior to it entering the soil pipe?
     
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    I don't think "U" bends are used in the case of showers. What you have is probably a shower and will be what you need. Try googling "shower trap" and see what you get, I've just done it.
     
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    They use the same principle as bottle traps.

    That's certainly the function, but usually there isn't room for a U shaped trap.

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Softus, I've checked out google as Stivino suggetsed. I see what you mean about the bottle traps (I didn't realise that they worked like that :oops: ).

    However, what seems to be suggested by some of the sites is that if my shower waste is feeding straight into the soil stack, then I need to fit a deep seal trap. I will be installing the shower tray on a wooden floor which I have access to via a hatch. I this what I need to do? :confused:
     
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    IIRC the recommended water seal is 50mm, but the ones that tend to be supplied with trays are commonly less.

    The risk that you're attempting to mitigate is the flow of water down the stack acting to reduce pressure after the trap and draw water out. The closer the trap is to the stack the greater the risk, so if you have room for 50mm then go for that; better still 75mm.
     
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    Thanks Softus,

    Seeing as I have to run the waste under the floor any way which will involve cutting a hole, could I just not fit a 75 mm seal directly under the tray?
     
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    Um, that's what I envisaged. What did you think I meant? :confused:
     
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    Sorry, probably didn't explain myself too well.

    I assumed you meant that the height of the tray dictates the type of trap and ultimately the length of seal, regardless of what type of floor I am installing the tray onto, otherwise anyone with a wooden floor would usually be able to do what I am proposing and not have to have one of these very small traps.

    Shower traps are new territory for me, so I just want to make sure I get it right first time, so I apologise for double checking ;)
     
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    Raise your shower tray by building a frame with 6 x 2 and use one of THESE

    I have had no problems with these type of traps. :D
     
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    My favourite frame is a lattice of 3"x2" timber - you then have a choice of heights: 4", 5" or 6".

    Although I haven't laid hands on one of those, it looks hideously poor quality compared to McAlpine traps.
     
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    Thanks guys,

    but how do you disguise the framework? I can't imagine it looks too pretty.
     
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    you can buy plastic pannelling to cover the framework, dont forget to leave access in the framework to get to the trap if needed
     
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    You could use fancy skirting board and paint it white or varnish it or trim it with plastic board, I think mira do a kit for trimming off shower trays.
     
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    Plywood panel, then tile over. If you want the panel to be removeable, then use mirror screws, or screws with little white plastic covers, or anything like that.
     
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    Just a quick thank you for all the advice. :)
     
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