Corner Prefab Shower Unit

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Old 06-29-08, 06:48 PM
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Corner Prefab Shower Unit

I'm looking to replace an exisitng prefab corner unit with a new one. I'm wondering how difficult easy of a job, it will be to remove the old one and replace with a new one. There is some mold around the base, that I assume clorox will take care of.

Any recommendation on product material Fiberglass/acrylic or product.

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Corner Shower

Make sure the type you choose will not crack over time. I am replacing a fiberglass corner shower that has cracked on the bottom after 15 years of use. My new one is a composite material that is much stronger.

Also make sure the new unit will fit you current doors and sides if you are not replacing them

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Is this a 3 wall type fiberglass stall, if so, you will need a sawzall just to get it out the door. You will then probably not get a new one in. They put these in the home before all the doors are up and even before drywall.

Trust me, I just tore mine out and it took awhile. I had to cut it into 4-5 pieces just to get it out. You will also probably bust your drain pipe pulling it out, it just happened to me.

I'm replacing my stall with a full tile job, so dont gotta worry about installing a new fiberglass unit.
 
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Actually, its a two wall and the walls appear to be panels. The rest is glass.

I plan on replacing the entire unit.

Are there problems if the footprint of the old and new dont exactly match. As I'm pretty sure we didn't tile under the old shower and the tile was cut to match its footprint.

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Tile under a shower? Is this a bath tub on legs with a shower head? How do you plan on getting the new unit in there?
 
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THere is no tub, its a corner shower. From the ones I've looked at they come in sections. The Panelling, the glass section and the bottom.
 
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Ah.....I'm thinking a whole unit. Sounds like you are getting a shower basin/receptor. Kohler and Swanstone make decent receptors.

The main thing would be to make sure the drain will line up with the existing.

You looking for one of these:

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...01+2249+501436
 
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Thanks.

Keystone also has some nice acrylic (hold up better) units that I saw, for like $700, including everything doors, back panels and base. HD here I come!
 
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These shower bases are never installed on top of tile. They need to be set in a cement mix that will prevent them from flexing and eventually cracking. You may need to do some tile work after you are done, as the replacement base is unlikely to be the exact same size as the one you are replacing.
 
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Thanks all

Yes my concern to is the different footprint. If the new unit has a slightly bigger footprint, do I have to somehow remove a piece of the ceramic tile on the floor and cut accordingly and then reset?(ugh)

I know when the plumber put the current unit in he did a nice job of putting that solid walboard up(dark color with mesh in it). So I'm hoping he did a nice job on the base.
 
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Yes my concern to is the different footprint. If the new unit has a slightly bigger footprint, do I have to somehow remove a piece of the ceramic tile on the floor and cut accordingly and then reset?(ugh)
You may have to cut, or remove and replace tile. Its pretty likely. Removing tile without it breaking aint easy and is not likely. Do you have some left over tile from the original floor?
 
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Yes, up in the attic I go!

One other question. Removal of the old. Glass doors and side glass sections are screwed in, panels are glued to wall(?), what about the shower base...how is that secured or is it?
 
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what about the shower base...how is that secured or is it?
Likely set in mortar and also held in place by the plumbing.
 
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The panels I'm sure I can cut to the pipes, to remove like that.

Is there any trick remoing the drain/cover from the inside of the shower?

Will the motar, crack free if I get a crow bar in the base?

Do I need to chip away the old motar(easy?) and apply new?

Sorry for all the questions and thanks for answering, I just like to know what I'm getting into before I start.
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