How to Build a Free Standing Shower Stall
A free standing shower stall can be a great way to add a special touch to any bathroom. If you have the room, the time, and a little know how, building one of these can be done in just a weekend. It's not the easiest home improvement to make, but most anyone can do this.
Step 1: Choose a Kit
The easiest way to create a free standing shower stall is to choose a tub conversion kit. You can find these in a variety of looks and materials. Chrome and porcelain are the most popular, but you can also find brass and other types of finishes. The kits can be found in various sizes as well, so be sure to have accurate measurements with you when you start looking to make the purchase.
Step 2: Pre-assembly
Your conversion kit will have pieces that need to be put together before you can begin the tear down and installation of the kit. Go ahead and pre-assemble anything that can be placed to the side and installed later. The manufacturers directions will list these steps as the first few steps.
Step 3: Faucets
Turn off the water supply. Open the faucets in the existing tub or shower, as well as the sinks and tubs. This will allow the pipes to drain excess water, giving you a drier area to work with.
Use your screwdriver to remove the old faucets. In most cases the screws that fasten the faucets can be found under the plastic plate on the front of the faucet. This can be popped off, and the screws removed. Use the shop rags to clean around the old faucet. This needs to be super clean before you continue. Be sure to get any mold, milder, soap scum, and water deposits off completely. It may take some good cleaning supplies and elbow grease.
Install the new faucets according to the directions provided with the kit. It may be necessary to drill new holes for the new faucet. Use your drill and the proper bit for this. You can hide the old holes by using caulk in and around them.
Step 4: Cut Pipes
Measure the rise of the shower to determine if you will need to cut any pipes prior to installation. If you do need to cut the pipes, use the pipe cutter to do this before you go any further. With this done, you can connect the shower riser to the new faucets. The directions for this will be included with the kit.
Step 5: Finishing it Up
The hardest part is now done. Install the showerhead and the curtain rod. Some kits won't have a rod included. You can install this piece later if that's the case.
Turn the water back on, and test to make sure everything is tight and not leaking. Make any adjustments that are necessary to leaky fittings or pipes.
Use caulk around the new faucet to ensure a tight seal. Allow the caulk to dry before using the new shower.