How to Replace the Shower Stall – Home Improvement Bathroom Projects

There are numerous simple home improvement projects that can enhance the look of any room in the house. Replacing an old, dingy looking shower stall can make any bathroom look much more visually pleasing. Anyone can easily replace a shower stall without the help of a professional using a prefabricated shower stall. There are a few tips that can help anyone planning to take on this home improvement bathroom project.

As with any home improvement project, it is important to be prepared. Before beginning the project, make sure that all of the necessary tools are handy. A one piece, prefabricated shower unit can be purchased at any home improvement store. Tub and shower adhesive, along with caulk and galvanized screws will be needed to secure the shower stall in place. Concrete nails, a hammer, and shims may be necessary for helping to level out the bottom of the unit.

Before removing the old stall, be sure to shut off the water supply lines to prevent any mishaps or damage during the installation. The existing shower stall can be removed by cutting along the caulking with a utility knife and using a flat pry bar to separate the panels from the wall. A jigsaw can be used to cut the panels into smaller pieces, which may make for an easier disposal.

Put the preformed shower unit in place and use a level to make sure that the bottom is even. If it is unlevel, shims can be used to level it out. The shims will need to be nailed to the concrete surface using concrete nails. After ensuring the unit is level, remove it from the area to apply the adhesive. A tub and shower adhesive should be applied to the bottom of the unit and then placed over the concrete base. Before securing the unit in place, make sure that the drain hole is placed directly over the drain pipe.

Holes should then be drilled into the panel walls of the prefabricated shower along the wall studs. Galvanized screws should be secured through the drilled holes and into the wall studs. Finally, apply caulk along the edges of the shower unit to keep it sealed tight.

Self-executed home improvement projects are a good way to spruce up any home while still saving money. Prefabricated shower stalls can make home improvement bathroom projects a breeze. Following a few hints when installing these showers will help the final result to appear as professional as possible.

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DIY Home Improvements You Can Do Yourself!

There has been a huge decline in consumer confidence with regards to builders and the construction industry in general. Because of this DIY has seen a big increase with people doing their home improvements themselves.

Why not, surely a little understanding of the practical aspects combined with an eye for creativity is enough to do the improvements on your own? So why are people turning to do-it-yourself home improvements instead of hiring a building contractor to create their dream home, or carry out renovation work?

The problem is, there are many construction workers who don’t have the relevant knowledge or expertise required to carry out the building work. These builders are operating all over the country and are making peoples’ lives a misery, cheating them out of hard earned money and destroying their dreams. These builders have earned themselves the nickname ‘cowboy builders’ after homeowners were finding that their building projects were not meeting their satisfaction. In some instances they even find themselves having to prepay for services, which either don’t get done or are not part of the original plans. This lack of confidence with the construction industry is leaving many customers with a bitter taste and because of this they are turning to DIY to create dreams.

You don’t have to call in the builders to improve your home, why not try to it yourself?

Concrete doesn’t have to be dull and boring; it can be given a new lease of life even after it has cured, without having to hire a skilled tradesman. If your patio, driveway or paths are starting to look dreary, here are some easy ways to give them a refreshing new look by using acid stains, acrylic stains, epoxy paints, and scoring techniques. Pattern imprinted concrete can be an eye catcher when used on drives and pathways, but it usually costs more than double or sometimes triple the price of regular concrete. This being the case, many people who are unable to afford it opt for a cheaper option of block paving or tarmac.

However, acid based concrete stains are becoming more and more popular for colouring concrete surfaces. They chemically react with the concrete to produce a permanent colour with a multicoloured or dappled appearance similar to marble. This results in a natural, stylish looking surface. Water based concrete stains are an option to using acid and they are much more environmentally friendly and a lot less toxic. Unlike the acid these stains don’t chemically react with the concrete; instead they are absorbed by the pores on the surface acting like a dye. There is also a wider range of colours available too, allowing for greater creativity.

If you want to go beyond the basic staining of your concreted area you might consider using some scoring techniques to create patterns on the surface. You are only restricted by your own imagination. An ideal tool for this job would be a 4 inch grinding or cutting wheel, which if you don’t own one you can hire them at your local tool hire store. It’s important to keep in mind that before you start to score the concrete you should draw the pattern on the surface first and adjust until you are totally satisfied with it, as scoring is permanent.

In recent years residential property owners have been using epoxy paints, they are a great way to cover concrete garage and basement floors. With many commercial properties using it because of its high durability factor and it’s resistance to chemical spills. It has become very popular not only for these reasons but also because of the increasing range of colours that are available. This is not a complex project, but the finishing effect depends on the surface preparation. Epoxy paints are also available in a water based form with no harmful chemicals, which can affect a person’s breathing making it safer for the DIY’er and ideal for all indoor areas, although they do cost a little more than stains.

You can save money by doing the work yourself, but like the ‘cowboy builders’ do you have the skills to make the job look professional? If not then this could be a very costly exercise, there is more to creating a masterpiece than most people give the experts cred

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