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.