5 Steps to Install a Shower

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A great way to improve your Atlanta home is to install a shower. You can approach the shower project...

A great way to improve your Atlanta home is to install a shower. You can approach the shower project in two ways. You can hire someone to do the work to install your shower, or you can do it yourself, which is usually cheaper than hiring a professional.

However, doing the work yourself is sometimes a headache. Unless you are a handyman or women, it could get a little difficult trying to figure everything out. The second option, hiring a professional contractor, will cost more. However, if he is a reliable contractor, the work is done in a timely manner. The question is, what do you want to do, and how do you want to do it? For cost's sake, here are the steps on how to install a shower by doing it yourself. Even if you are not a handyman or a professional, you can still get a new shower installed correctly with some guidance.

Supplies needed

Any project that you undertake will include supplies and materials. Installing a shower is no different. The supplies that you will need to do this project include the following:

  • Tape measure
  • Power drill
  • Hammer
  • Caulking gun
  • Screwdrivers
  • A saw and pry bar
  • A PVC trap
  • Compression gasket over the drain
  • Shower pan
  • Half-inch of plywood to extend the studs if needed
  • Construction adhesive for the base of the shower
  • Cement board to go underneath the shower pan
  • Studs and screws will also be needed

Research to see if there is a shower installation kit with the pan, studs, screws, and faucets. It is better to get everything as a kit instead of piecing things together.

Tip: Be sure to look at a video on Google before starting your shower installation project. It will be easier to start and complete the project if you have an example to follow.

Steps to install

Installing a shower can easily be done. Simple follow the correct steps. Since a novice has probably installed a shower before you, and probably installed it correctly, why can't you? Just follow the steps below.

Step #1: First you need to attach a cement board to the floor with construction adhesive. Press the board in place, and use cement board screws to stabilize board.

Step #2: Next, cut away any of the excess drainpipes using a 6-inch blade on the saw. Be sure to cut the pipe where it is even with the cement board.

Step #3: Put construction adhesive on the bottom of the shower base. The reason you do that is to make sure you cover each area around the drainage hole.

Step #4: The last step is to put the shower pan in place and apply pressure until the fit is perfectly in place. Then put the drain kit or assembly together. Make sure the water is soapy. That way it will help ease the rubber ring when you drop it into the drain cover.

Step #5: Now that everything is in place, be sure to clean up the mess from the shower installation materials and debris. It's not too bad of a clean up. Why wait?

Things to know

Just because you use ceramic or marble in your shower does not mean the shower is waterproof. As a matter of fact, a shower isn't necessarily waterproof at all. However, a shower is water-resistant. The cement board, also called mortar, that is underneath the shower pan collects all the water. So, as long as you are using the shower the mortar will be soaked with water. The mortar doesn't stop collecting the water until the shower water stops running. If you happen to come across a leak in your shower and you can't seem to find the source of the problem, then inspect the pan. It is very likely that the leak is coming from the shower pan.

Who to contact for help: Go to your local hardware store or home store to buy materials for your project for a shower installation. Be sure to ask a representative every question you can think of. You want to make sure you feel confident in starting the project and that everything will go as smoothly as possible. Ask the sales representative about durable materials to use. Or, research materials to see if there are reviews so you know that you are spending your money in the best way possible. Finally, if you feel the need to hire a professional contractor, go to Kudzu to research your options and to read customers' feedback.

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