How to Install Corner Showers Cheaply How to Install Corner Showers Cheaply
Some people will prefer to pay a plumber to installing corner showers. It is, however, a job you can do yourself with just a little help from a friend. It’s useful to have some plumbing experience but the job isn’t difficult. By doing it yourself, you can save a lot of money on installation costs.
Step 1 - Remove Old Fixtures
Before you can fit your corner shower, you need to remove any existing installations and fittings. This will generally be a shower stall. Turn off the water to the house at the main stop slow valve and run the shower until no more water comes through.
Remove the shower head and faucet, before taking out the old stall. Depending on the construction, this can take some time. Make sure you remove all of the tile and grout so the walls and floor are completely bare.
Step 2 - Measuring
You will need to use the existing pipes for your corner shower. To do this, you need to take very exact measurements of where the pipe for the shower head comes through the wall, and also the measurements used for running the pipes to the faucet. Measure on the wall, running up from the floor and into the corner. Measure at least twice to be sure you have the correct figures. You also need to measure the position of the drain where it runs in from the corner.
Step 3 - Cutting
Once you are satisfied that your measurements are exact, slide the corner shower into place to ensure it sits properly in the corner. Use a level to establish that it’s straight and even. You’ll also be able to see if the shower drain sits over the drain pipe. If it doesn't, you’ll need to use some flexible drainpipe to make a connection. Attach it firmly to the drain in the floor.
Measure inside the corner shower for the shower head and faucet pipes. Mark the opening you need with a pencil. Make the cuts with a skill saw.
Step 4 - Fitting the Shower
Slide the corner back into place, being certain it’s flush in the corner. If necessary, attach the flexible drainpipe to the bottom on the shower. Now fix the corner shower into place according to the manufacturer’s instruction. This will require anchoring it to the wall.
Step 5 - Fittings
With the corner shower now firmly in place, you’re ready to put on the new fittings. Begin with the shower head. This will screw on to the existing pipe. Put Teflon tape on the threads then screw into place before tightening with a wrench. Make sure you don’t overtighten the joint.
Do the same with the faucet, once again using Teflon tape to stop any possible leaks and give a tighter seal. Turn the water back on and run the shower briefly, checking for any leaks and that it drains properly. To finish, caulk the corner shower in place around all the edges where it meets the walls, and also where it join the floor and the bottom of the shower stall.