Replacing shower with a tub?

Old 10-21-02, 11:52 AM
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Replacing shower with a tub?

Hello there. I am new to this site and hope I am doing this correctly. I recently bought a house and noticed I am getting a leak from my Master Bath. It appears that the water is leaking from one of the walls in the shower stall. My fiancee and I were looking to re-do the master bath anyway... this just pushes it to the front of our list. Is it possible to replace the shower stall with a tub (if space provides obviously) If so- anyone ever done this before have any recommendations?
Old 10-21-02, 09:55 PM
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Doable, IF SPACE PROVIDES!! A shower stall can be anything from 32" and larger. The standard bathtub is 60", though a 54" tub is available. Get your tape measure out and go figure! The water pies will be no big thing. Tubs and showers use pretty much the same valve. The drain is no big thing, although you would have to move it. (A shower uses a 2" drain line, and that is what you have. A tub uses an 1-1/2" drain. After the tub trap assembly., one bushing will adapt you to the existing 2" line.) The shower drain is probably located in the center of the pan. The tub drain will be offset the the end with the valve.

For your first post, you did just fine. If the tape says it's possible and you go for it, just remember, we are only a few clicks of the mouse away. (Hope you saved this site as a Favorite!!)
Old 10-22-02, 08:55 AM
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Talking Lefty is right

It is definitely doable; because I've done it.
I had a shower stall that was 59 1/2" wide; lucky for me.
The only thing that Lefty forgot to mention is to remove & replace a 3 way diverter valve to a 4-way(You're adding a spout).
This will involve removing some tiles and wallboard; but it's not that hard to do.

Moving a drain is not a big deal if you have a crawl space.
In my case, it was the hardest of all because I live in CA and we do have an infamous SLAB foundation.

Assess your current configuration and post back. We'll help you more then.

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