Installing an angle shower base is an early step in installing an angle shower, a practical and efficient solution when you need a second or third shower but do not have the space needed to install traditional bathroom facilities.
Before beginning to construct your shower, it is important to have a proper water supply and working drain leading to a drainpipe. Once you have the necessary plumbing in place for your neo-angle shower, you will be able to install the base itself in only six steps by using the basic supplies listed below.
Step 1 – Cut the Cement Board
Cut your cement board to the same dimensions as your shower base using a jigsaw with a carbide blade. Remember to cut a hole in your cement board that corresponds to the drain hole in your shower base.
Step 2 – Mark the Drywall
Before taking any permanent steps, put the cement board and shower base in position and mark the surrounding drywall at the studs.
Once you have marked the drywall at the studs, set the shower base aside and cement board aside so that they don’t hinder you as you move on to step 3.
Step 3 – Cut the Drywall
Using your keyhole saw, expose the studs behind the drywall. The shower base does not need to be attached to the studs, but it does need to be installed against them.
Also, you will need to install wall panels before your shower project is complete, and these must be attached to your studs. Installing wall panels directly to drywall can eventually lead to costly and unsightly leaks around your shower.
Step 4 – Reposition the Base
Reposition your cement board and your shower base to make sure the shower base will fit securely against the studs. Filler strip can help insure a tighter fit.
Step 5 – Secure the Base
Lay the cement board in position and use the textured side of your trowel to spread a layer of mortar over the top surface. When the mortar is dry, attach the cement board to your subflooring with corrosion-resistant screws or nails. (It may be necessary to drill small countersinks for your screws first.) Use a shower wall adhesive to attach your shower base to the cement board.
Note: Always take all proper safety precautions, such as wearing safety goggles, when using power tools.
Step 6 – Assemble and Attach the Drain Fitting
Because there are variations in drain fittings, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing the drain fitting for your angle shower base and attaching it to the floor drain.
Congratulations! The hardest part of installing your new shower is now over, and you can go forward with your construction. Your next projects will include installing your shower head, your wall boards, and your shower door.