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Old 01-03-2011, 12:40 PM   #1
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Hi all!

Apologies for the long post. Hopefully someone can offer some advice on this.

My master bath had a tile Jacuzzi tub and connected shower. I recently found that the entire structure was destroyed by termites. They'd gone through every piece of wood in the framing.

I've torn all of it out and now it's time to rebuild.

I'm trying to avoid cutting up the concrete slab to move plumbing, or moving other interior walls, so my design options are somewhat limited.

I've attached a jpg of my curent thinking for layout.

The wife wants frameless glass - either just the door or the door and wall by the tub. Walls will be Hardiebacker/tile. The new tub will be manufactured but will have a surround. Ceiling height is 10 ft.

My main area of concern is bracing the 3 ft wall on the right. I need to make sure it can support the door (maybe 150 lbs) and won't rack (cracked tiles). The way I see it I have 2 options.
1) Brace from the bottom by cutting the slab and sinking angle iron and setting in concrete. Secure a 4x4 to the angle iron as the wall stud closest to the shower door.
2) 4x4 or 4x6 post with post anchor on slab and then brace across 3 ceiling joist up top. Joist are 4x8 with a 10 ft. span.

Supporting from the bottom gives me the option of an open top shower with 8 ft wall on the right. That might look better if I do a glass wall by the tub.

Finally my questions:
1) Any thoughts on which of these two wall support options would be best?
2) Have I overlooked any better options for supporting the wall?

Best regards and thanks in advance for any input.
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Why not just make the right side wall all glass?
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Why not just make the right side wall all glass?
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Ron,

Thanks for the suggestion.

I've been considering that as an option. I neglected to mention that the water lines (copper in slab) come up through the right side wall.

Obviously that's not an insurmountable problem though, and I still might end up going that route.

Thanks again!
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