Spring is here and there is no better time to finally get those bathroom remodeling projects done than now! But, where do you start when it comes to installing shower stalls in your home? This handy guide will give you the basic info you need to get that old shower all fixed up!
As the old saying goes “measure twice, cut once.” This can’t be more true for installing shower stalls in your home. If you get the wrong measurements, you could either have to return the shower stall or wind up having a minor construction project on your hands remodeling your bathroom to make it fit. Make sure to measure out the space for the shower stall and include space for any handles, pipes, fittings, and tiling that will add to the total size.
Do Your Homework
Researcher how to incorporate shower stalls into the existing structure of your home. If you already have a shower stall in place and you are looking to replace it, this project will be as simple as swapping out one shower stall for another, but if you are looking to install one from scratch you’ll need to learn where your plumbing connects and make sure to have that routed over to the new space. You’ll also want to make sure that any old spaces are sufficiently rebuilt before installing a new shower stall.
You’re going to need to get together some supplies for the job. Make sure to have a set of wrenches and screw drives ready to take down the existing shower stall and install the new one. You’ll also need the other tools and supplies suggested in the installation guide for your new shower stall.
Remove the Old Shower Stall
This should be the easiest part of the process. The most important thing here is to make sure you remove all the plumbing and fittings before tearing down the old shower stall. If you accidentally leave the drainage or shower head attached, you could pull the entire plumbing tree out and have a major home flood on your hands. Why not play it safe and temporarily shut off the water at your home. There is usually a valve either outside or in your garage or basement that can temporarily turn off your water supply.
Install that Shower Stall
The installation process should be fairly straight forward. Most shower stalls come with a handy guide for installation. Follow the steps very carefully. Even if it seems like laying down an extra layer of water sealant might be a bit much, every little step keeps the new shower stall watertight.