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Old 02-03-04, 08:37 AM
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We are remodeling our bathroom. The bathtub/shower cannot be removed without cutting it apart. So we would like to tile ontop of the fiberglass walls of the shower. Can this be done and if so how?
 
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Old 02-03-04, 05:46 PM
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bwsyes,

Placing ceramic tile on this is not advisable. It is best to cut out the old and if you desire to change the fixture, this is a good time to do it.

I'm not sure if you have a tub/shower enclosure or if this is a one pc. that was intalled when the home was built. Normally a 1 pc. could not be installed after because it would not fit through a traditional size bathroom door.

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.

Going with a new fiberglass type unit is less expensive than ceramic tile but it depends on what you like.

Hope this helps!
 
 

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