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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Low cost drains for barrier free no curb showers - ACO's QuartzPlus

I finally had a chance to open up the package of my new ACO Quartz Plus linear drain today.  The two new drains a welcome addition I'm sure for anyone put off by the cost of these new linear shower drain systems.

What do I think?  I think it's great.  It's not the same as the original "Quartz" (not Quartz Plus) drains since the grill and channel body are both different but for the price I think ACO has a winning drain here.  The Quartz Plus drain (shown in these pictures) has an ABS channel body that sits a top any approved clamping drain or bonded drain system.  An optional clamping drain is available in either PVC or Powder Coated Cast Iron.

I have a number of things straight off that I would like to suggest on the installation process of this new linear shower drain.  I'll be posting a few tips I think you might follow to get a better installation, but for tonight I'll start with uploading some pictures of this new drain.

Here is a look at the larger linear drain from Quartz Plus by ACO

Quartz Plus ACO Linear Shower Drain
This drain comes in a factory package including the drain channel base and grate (Wavy version shown), levelling feet and drain grate lifting key.  The Quartz Plus drain is designed to work with any waterproofing system and can most likely upgrade a basic rough in you may have installed.




Careful opening the package. I ripped at it but heavy duty kitchen scissors would be easier I'm sure.


Wavy Grill Design - Square holes is another option

The grill reminds me of water and has a gentle rhythm I think.  You can get this same drain with a square hole grate. The two grill styles look like this.  The grill can not be ordered by itself later so decide carefully before ordering one.


34.9" (886mm) Wavy Grate Shower Drain $175.00 CDN - Canadian Orders Only
Price excludes taxes but does include delivery.

This drain measures 34.9" x 2.76" x 0.78" (LxWxH) 
in metric this is 1186mm x 70mm x 20mm

If you would like to buy this exact drain you can order it here.   




46.7" (1186mm) Wavy Grate Shower Drain $217.00 CDN - Canadian Orders Only
Price excludes taxes but does include delivery.

This drain measures 46.7" x 2.76" x 0.78" (LxWxH) 
in metric this is 1186mm x 70mm x 20mm

If you would like to buy this exact drain you can order it here.   

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34.9" (886mm) Shower Drain $175.00 CDN - Canadian Orders Only
Price excludes taxes but does include delivery.

This drain measures 46.7" x 2.76" x 0.78" (LxWxH) 
in metric this is 1186mm x 70mm x 20mm

If you would like to buy this exact drain you can order it here.   





The Quartz Plus drain is made up of a few parts.  You can see the stainless steel (European Made) grill inset into the ABS (Grey Plastic) channel body.  This channel body is integrated with a 2" drain pipe and the drain body itself is creased to limit the amount of standing water.


This nut is a pressure fit and designed to mount over many three piece clamping drains.
The tail piece has a universal MPT fitting that will fit many common three piece clamping drains.  I'll work on a list but this is simple a system of preventing mortar from falling into the clamping drains inside durning the installation process.  We often omit this step and make our own flashing out of Ditra Drain, Kerdi, NobleSeal TS or the like.








Here you can see the inside of the drain's channel body. This the big difference between the Quartz Plus line and the original Quartz's line that feature Oil Rubbed bronze bases or Electropolished Stainless Steel.  If your less concerned with the insides and more concerned with the cost - this low cost linear drain might be a perfect fit for your shower and your budget.





In many multifamily homes and certain cities in both Canada and the USA - a cast iron clamping drain or floor drain is required.  ACO makes both.  This clamping drain makes up the "Primary Shower Drain" on a shower built and the liner drain top is for lack of a better term a fancy strainer.

The clamping drain is nice - I like the black powder coating.  This rough in would be perfect for your Americans living in California where the process of "Hot Mopping" is common.  This cast iron drain connects with the home's plumbing system via a 2" No-Hub fitting.



If you would like to look at all these pictures again but are too busy to scroll up click the video below and have a second look.


A Second Look at the Same Pictures


This drain is in stock and ready to ship.


46.7" (1186mm) Shower Drain $217.00 CDN - Canadian Orders Only
Price excludes taxes but does include delivery.

This drain measures 46.7" x 2.76" x 0.78" (LxWxH) 
in metric this is 1186mm x 70mm x 20mm

If you would like to buy this exact drain you can order it here.   

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