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mikeylikesit580 05-03-2011 06:51 PM

Shower Recommendations?
 
Im planning on redoing my shower next month or so. I would like to get all the materials purchased and waiting so I can work and not keep having to make trip after trip to the store.

Im not too worried about the toilet and sink/vanity, what I'm really worried about is the shower. Ive decided just do install an insert but because of door ways I'm going to have to stick to a 2/3 piece shower insert.

Ive found this one http://www.homedepot.com/Bath-Bathtu...atalogId=10053

But I dont know if its any good or not. It looks likes it has a very solid base, which is good because im 250+

What have you guys used in the past?

LeviDIY 05-04-2011 10:04 AM

Mikey - are you saying you can't remove the bathtub because of the doorways/walls or can't be new materials INTO the bathroom?

mikeylikesit580 05-05-2011 07:02 PM

I cant get a new one peice into the bathroom, which is why im stuck with a 2 peice fiberglass

Jim F 05-05-2011 09:08 PM

That is a bath kit you have on that link, not a shower. Whatever fiberglass or acryllic model you go with you need to make sure that bottom is properly supported and there is no movement when you step into it or it will fail over time. I havn't heard anything negative about the Sterling line and I think Kohler recommends sand under the base for support. Many on here have recommended morter under the base. I have not installed one of those. Mine was a cast iron tub with a tile surround. It was a lot of work but I don't worry about it cracking when I step in it.

vsheetz 05-08-2011 05:33 PM

I did whole house remodel a couple years ago. The new deep soaking tub would not go throughout the narrow bathroom entry. In took the opportunity to install a pocket door in another wall of the bath into the guest bedroom there. Moved the tub in while I had the wall open to install the pocket door frame. the guest room now has on-suite bath.

Another time I wanted a one piece shower/tub in a bath. No way was it going to fit through a doorway. There was a tall narrow window in the bath next to the tub/shower area. The window was not energy efficient and caused the bathroom to be sometimes cold. So I ripped open the exterior wall - brought through the tub/shower - closed up the wall installing a new better window.

My point is look for opportunities to make a bigger opening and improve something else while at it.

mikeylikesit580 05-09-2011 07:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Jim F (Post 642860)
That is a bath kit you have on that link, not a shower. Whatever fiberglass or acryllic model you go with you need to make sure that bottom is properly supported and there is no movement when you step into it or it will fail over time. I havn't heard anything negative about the Sterling line and I think Kohler recommends sand under the base for support. Many on here have recommended morter under the base. I have not installed one of those. Mine was a cast iron tub with a tile surround. It was a lot of work but I don't worry about it cracking when I step in it.

Jim, Thank You, Sand is a good idea, Ive heard alot about mortar. Never Sand Though. Ive heard alot of good sterling, and its very sturdy. Ill let you know what I decide to go with.

mikeylikesit580 05-09-2011 08:00 PM

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Originally Posted by vsheetz (Post 644127)
I did whole house remodel a couple years ago. The new deep soaking tub would not go throughout the narrow bathroom entry. In took the opportunity to install a pocket door in another wall of the bath into the guest bedroom there. Moved the tub in while I had the wall open to install the pocket door frame. the guest room now has on-suite bath.

Another time I wanted a one piece shower/tub in a bath. No way was it going to fit through a doorway. There was a tall narrow window in the bath next to the tub/shower area. The window was not energy efficient and caused the bathroom to be sometimes cold. So I ripped open the exterior wall - brought through the tub/shower - closed up the wall installing a new better window.

My point is look for opportunities to make a bigger opening and improve something else while at it.

Haha, good point, thanks for the advice, ive been thinking about doing a pocket door, do you like it for the bathroom?

vsheetz 05-19-2011 11:44 PM

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Originally Posted by mikeylikesit580
Haha, good point, thanks for the advice, ive been thinking about doing a pocket door, do you like it for the bathroom?

Pocket door is fine. Suggest to use a Johnson frame kit - metal rather than wood. Looks a little intimidating to install but once I got into the installation it was very straight forward.


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