shower wall (acrylic?) cracking--help!


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Old 08-04-03, 07:11 PM
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shower wall (acrylic?) cracking--help!

we're not sure what to do with this one panel in our shower stall that is cracking horizontally near the base. this is an old installation (prior to our buying the house), and a rather poorly done job at that. the stall consists of three vertical panels pieced together, they seem pretty thin, we're guessing it's acrylic. i'd rather not patch because i don't want to seal moisture/mold inside. if we want to remove all the panels and start over, are we in for a rough time (i'm assuming they glued the panels to the drywall)? is this something best left to the experts? and regardless of the labor, what should we use as a replacement that will not crack like this? btw, we think they used panels because the doorway might be too small to accomodate a one-piece unit. any and all advice will be appreciated!
 
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Old 08-04-03, 08:24 PM
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sfreese,

Total replacement may be the best choice due to age. Its not uncommon for one side to go and then the other.

There are "Remodeler" kits available that come in 2 or 3 pc kits that are good units, check these links out and review the installation data.


http://www.asbcorp.com/category.cfm?catid=10

http://www.lascobath.com/browse.pl?line=2&series=11
(I prefer Lasco remodel line)

Hope this helps!
 
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Old 08-05-03, 06:06 AM
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thank you!! (and one more question.....)

thanks so much for your advice! interestingly, i'm pretty sure our present set-up is an asb model (looks pretty similar to one of the models online). i like the look of the lasco models a little better, but i think we're going to have a problem with measurements. the total width of our stall is only 47", and it looks like most molded stalls come in 36" or 48". does this fact exclude us from molded stalls entirely and limit us to only using panels that we can cut to fit?
 
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Old 08-05-03, 06:19 AM
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sfreese,

If you look at the installation instructions, the stalls fit stud to stud. If you are measuring your existing space now, you must add 1" to it. Does this help you?

If you are wanting to use the existing base, if it is in good condition (I personally would replace all if it's old) you can try this,

http://www.elmustee.com/bathwall.html

http://www.theswancorp.com/products/...oors/index.php

http://www.sterlingplumbing.com/onli...Shower+Modules (4 pc)

Hope this helps!
 
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Old 08-05-03, 06:39 AM
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yes, i'd like to replace everything if possible--the existing base is rather unattractive.

sorry for this somewhat clueless next question, but if i'm supposed to measure and install stud to stud, does that mean we'll need to remove the existing drywall to fit in a molded stall that measures 48"? right now there is already "bath/moisture resistant" drywall behind this cracking panelling.

thanks again for your help!
 
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Old 08-05-03, 08:28 AM
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sfreese,

Yes, you will have to remove it. If you review the installation instructions it will advise on how to do the install. You should be able to cut just above your existing panels now and remove all drywall now there. Then install new base and the walls systems. The patching that would be remaining would be minimal.

Even with doing the replacement wall panels versus a modular kit, the existing backer will have to be remove to provide a "flat" surface.

Hope this helps!
 
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Old 08-05-03, 08:54 AM
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thanks again!

yes, the instructions are pretty clear, and you've answered all our big questions--now for the hard labor!
 
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Old 08-05-03, 09:27 AM
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sfreese,

You're very welcome!

Don't worry, it's not that hard (labor intensive) just take your time, do it right and you'll be very happy when its all done!

Good Luck!
 
 

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