Retrofit a Handicap Shower

What You'll Need
New shower walls
New shower tile floors
Bars for hanging on

Sometimes things happen a shower may need to be fixed for a handicap person. You may be wondering what you can do to get it handicap shower ready. It doesn't have to be a long and hard ordeal if you are willing to try and it doesn't necessarily require special materials.

Step 1: Prep the Area

The first thing that you will need to do is prep the area that the handicap shower is going to be installed in. If there is another shower already installed, you will need to remove it. To do this, you will need to pry the shower stall from the wall and take it from the area. It may be in several pieces and may not come out all at once. Work with it and see what you can do to get it all out. The fixtures should also be removed so that there will be no problems with installation later.

Step 2: Gather Your Materials

Get all of the things that you will need together. This may mean that you will need the adhesive for the new shower and the shower parts installed into the area. Any tiles that are needed for the walls or floor should also be close by. this will keep you crom running around looking for the things that you need.

Step 3: Install the Walls

Start adding the adhesive to the walls of the shower area. This will make the walls sticky and ready for the new shower installation. The walls can be laid in one big piece or small tiles, depending on the style that you choose to use or the handicap shower that you are installing. Be sure to match up the holes in the walls with the holes in the installation walls. That way it will match up when you add the fixtures.

Step 4: Install the Floor

The floor should match up with the drain so that water is not going everywhere. The walls should also match up to the floor well so that the water won't leak out the side of the shower. Caulking can be used to help seal the seams.

Step 5: Install the Fixtures

The fixtures can then be placed back on and the shower can be tested. For a handicap shower, the floor and the floor of the shower will need to be the same height. This means that the floor of the shower needs to have a big enough drain to take the water down fast instead of letting it build up and cause problems.

Installing a handicap shower doesn't have to be hard if you are willing to plan it out and look at what your needs are. Just because the shower may be for a handicap person, it doesn't mean that it can't look nice for everyone to use. Consider this when you are planning out the shower so that it can be the best and work well for anyone using it.