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replacing existing one-piece tub and shower surround


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Old 12-08-03, 03:19 PM
volleyhart
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Question replacing existing one-piece tub and shower surround

I currently have a one-piece tub and shower surround in my master bath (original to the house), and I would like to replace it with a two-piece tub and shower surround. Is there a good site to go to for instructions? How to remove the one-piece surround, just cut it out with a Sawzall?

Things to make sure to do, to stay away from, etc.? Thanks in advance!
 
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Old 12-08-03, 09:02 PM
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volleyhart,

Most acrylic type units have a nailing flange and depending on your wall coverings, you have drywall. This was probably butted right up to the finished raised exposed surface of your unit.

Removal can be messy and time consuming but will require the minimum of the following tools;

Crowbar
Sawzall (reciprocating saw)
Hammer
Utility Knife
Pipe Wrench or adjustable wrench for pipe fittings
Electric Drill and drill bits
Hole Saw (for redrilling the holes for your faucet assembly)

Take a look at this site for some additional ideas as to what you are getting into;

http://www.hometime.com/Howto/projec...th_2.htm#walls

If you have removed the drywall you will see the nailing flanges. If not, remove the drywall, the nailing flange will be visible. At this point removing either nails or screws can be done. "Don't forget to shut water off to your supply lines and remove faucet cover, handles. The drain assembly will also have to be disconnected"

Use the sawzall to cut the tub in sections - BE CAREFULL NOT TO CUT INTO ANY ELECTRICAL WIRES OR WATER LINES - USE A SHORT BLADE.

***I would recommend a minimum 2 pc replacement if not 3 when reinstalling a new unit. You have to be able to get it into the bathroom. a 1 pc will not work unless you know for sure you have enough clearances al the way into the bathroom and if not, you'll be taking it back to the store***

Following the directions per the manufacture for installation. Lack of support causes squeaks, in some cases leaks at drain pipe fittings and worst of all cracks in the finish material. Most manufacturers recommend or suggest installing a mortar base support under the tub bottom before setting the tub in place. You can use either a bag of Quikcrete or a 5 gallon pail of pre-mix joint compound. ( usually I use the pre-mix 5 gallon...lazy and it's less mess) You can lay poly down under the tub prior to doing this to prevent any moisture issues while this is drying.

When this sets up, usually with 24-48 hours, your tub bottom will be rock solid supported. This does 2 things, prevents any possibility of potential cracking within the fiberglass/acrylic and eliminates any movement at the tub drain assembly or potential leaks that could happen.

Ensure that you do not get any around the tub drain assembly should you need to do anything down the line. In most cases, the holes cut for the drain lines will keep any base support away from it.

Hope this helps!
 
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Old 12-09-03, 04:29 AM
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Thanks Doug, I appreciate it. I will save this message - I'm not going to be doing the project tomorrow, but would like to undertake it in the near future. A two-piece surround is definitely a requirement ... thanks for the information, best of luck to you!
 
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Old 12-09-03, 06:53 AM
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volleyhart,

You're very welcome! Once you start or before you start, if need any further advice, ask us.

Good Luck!
 
 

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