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    #16
    Hi Gigi -
    I am also looking into trench drains, primarily for asthetic reasons, but also as research for a future remodel to my mom's shower for safe entry. I have 2 questions:

    1) the price you mentioned for a 40" drain was $350. When I looked at the website just now, they are listing a price of $469 for a 40" tile-insert drain. Even counting for the exchange rate (I assumed their price is in Canadian $), that seems too big a difference. Did you get a discount, or have prices gone up dramatically in the last 3 months?

    2) It seems from your post that this might be your only drain... is that true? I am wondering, did you have any problems with plumbing codes with this drain as it has a 1.5" drain opening and codes call for 2" in a shower. Of course that wouldn't be a problem if you also have a center drain, but it sounded like you don't. Did you have any inspection issues?

    On that note, was your local code dept. openly agreable to a curbless shower? (It wasn't clear from you post if you were looking at ADA compliancy issues).

    Did you finish your project... any pics to post. Would love to see how it turned out.

    Thanks for any feedback you can provide.
    jim

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      #17
      we are considering a trench drain as well now. as my shower area is only 4x8, do you still put a round drain in the shower, or just a trench by the opening?
      Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.

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        #18
        Originally posted by Emi2 View Post
        we are considering a trench drain as well now. as my shower area is only 4x8, do you still put a round drain in the shower, or just a trench by the opening?
        The shower we had done in the condo we just bought only has the trench drain. They are expensive if you are working on a slab or have a radiant heat layer under there... We did start with ripping out the entire old shower though. It looked rather nice to us but our general contractor's tiler is a perfectionist and found fine cracks in the groating. After the tile came out the guy installing the ceiling lift in another area saw what we got pics if...mold! It cost big to rip out a hand pieced designer shower but glad we did now. The metal under the tiled seat was also showing corrosion. The shower floor this time is a single piece of tumbled finish marble as well as the bench top. "Tumbled" for floors just slightly roughs the finish to avoid slipping. That one piece is mega bucks though. Counter tops to the 2 vanity areas are Silstone that will not stain if you accidently spill nail polish on it. Just clean the quartz based material with acetone.
        Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

        Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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          #19
          Originally posted by gigi View Post
          Sorry, I thought I posted it earlier - but it is myshowergrateshop.com (out of Canada). (They also have a website myshowergrateshop.au, this is the one in Australia.)
          I missd this response. Thanks for the link.

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            #20
            I think my comment to Emi2 above got out of line.

            We wound up with the flat composite marble floor but a regular circular drain due to under space where the radient heat would have caused problems. We do have some leakage.

            So, Herco, does the silicone come in clear also? I saw the Holmes too and his looked clear.
            Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

            Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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              #21
              The attached PDF file exhibits some helpful installation information associated with trench drains.

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                #22
                Originally posted by WC_Sage View Post
                The attached PDF file exhibits some helpful installation information associated with trench drains.
                Wish we had this info when we started designing our new bathroom. Because of the radiant heat throughout the condo we would have immediately known a trench wouldn't have worked if a drain over 4" deep is needed and saved a ton on that one piece composite marble base. Then I would have had the waterproof membrane extended all over the floor and at the toilet base not just in the immediate shower and bath areas. That just makes sense to me and well worth the money whether you go with the trench or a regular drain.
                Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                  #23
                  This thread has been so helpful! We are in the middle of doing our bathroom right now, it is half demo'd and rough plumbed....will post photo's when its done!
                  Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.

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