Prefabricated Shower Stalls

Prefabricated Shower Stalls

Those who have installed prefabricated shower stalls have learned that the job is surprisingly time-consuming and tricky. While this type of installation requires a certain level of practical skill, the run-of-the-mill home handyman can make prefabricated shower stalls look professional. All that is needed is proper planning and the right tools. If you feel confident enough to install one of these shower stalls, give yourself 3-4 days from start to finish and be sure to review your wall-preparation, carpentry and plumbing skills.

The Proper Tools

Before beginning, you will have to gather the necessary tools and equipment to get the job done. Most importantly, buy the actual shower stall before constructing the frame to ensure the stall will fit and to get the right dimensions. The following is a list of the tools and equipment you will need:

  • a prefabricated shower stall
  • adhesive for bathtubs and showers
  • an adjustable wrench
  • caulk
  • electric drill
  • hammer
  • hole saw
  • leather work gloves
  • pencil
  • plumb level
  • protective eye wear
  • tape
  • tape measure
  • screws

A Few Notes Before Starting

  • Since prefabricated shower stalls possess watertight enclosures, you will not need any backer boards.
  • If you want to muffle the plumbing noise, you can install some insulation between the wall studs.

The Installation

The first step when installing prefabricated shower stalls is to get the actual stall into position and that can be tough. If you cannot fit the shower stall through an outside window or interior doorway, you may need to remove a portion of the bathroom's exterior wall. If this is the case, consult a professional contractor before attempting to do it yourself.

Now that the stall is in place, you need to carefully position the parts and attach the stall to the frame. Drill holes into the stall's walls in order to install the shower arm and faucet. Be sure to fit the drain piece, escutcheon, shower handle and shower head to prevent future problems such as leakage. Caulk all of the seams and thoroughly check for leaks because it can be difficult to correct problems after the installation of prefabricated shower stalls is complete.

Once the walls are finished, you can install a curtain bar or shower door. And make sure to use quality silicone to seal the bathroom floor and wall joints as well as the enclosure. Although it is not necessary, lining the shower's top edge with water-resistant drywall or tile. These water barriers are much more efficient and durable than paint or wallpaper.

If All Else Fails

If you start your project and realize that installing prefabricated shower stalls is harder than you thought it would be, take comfort in knowing that you are not the only one who thinks this is true. Many people need to call in a plumber when installing prefabricated shower stalls. But you can still do the job yourself as long as you research, do not cut corners and seek the advice of an expert when necessary.

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