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Old 01-12-2010, 08:41 PM   #1
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I have a new basement that has been roughed in for a bathroom with a 60" bathtub. I would like to replace it with a 48 inch shower. AFter reading here it looks like I may have to break up the floor to move the drain to the center of the shower in order to accomodate. However, I am looking for a 4 piece modular shower unit that has a drain on the left end rather than in the middle and I would not have to move the drain. All I can find are a few stand alone shower pans with a drain on the one end, but not any that appear to be part of a modular unit. Can anybody help?

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I had the same problem and I didn't find any either.

I'm no plumber , but I would think you could build it on a platform 2x4 or 2x6

with plywood that would extend out a couple/three feet widthwise from the unit.

Then you'd have room to rout the drain line and the extra width would act as

a landing or step to keep you from falling on your face as you step out of

the shower.

I have the furnace runs overhead so I'm limited in my height and the room is tight width wise so I couldn't do it.

I used a cement saw ( use lots of water to hold done the dust) problem solved.

Why not go with a 60" shower ?

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Thanks for the ideas but they don't work in my situation. I need the room for the bar and pool table in the next room. That is why I am squishing down the width of the bathroom from 60 in to 48.
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If I can't find a modular 48 inch shower unit with a side drain, then it looks like I will have to remove some concrete like what rmdhokie did in his basement at the following link below:

Basement Shower Drain Relocation

A couple questions for next steps after relocating the drain -

1. I should backfill the hole with the gravel that I pulled out to support the pipe. right?
2. Do I need to repour cement over the top of the hole? - all of it will be under the shower base - or can I just backfill with gravel and tamp it down so that it doesn't settle anymore?
3. If I set the bottom shower pan on the concrete floor - do I need to set it in concrete so it doesn't wobble? my floor appears to be pretty level and if I secure the pan to the adjacent studs I don't think it would move much or at all.
4. also - I plan on running a drain from an adjacent sink in a wet bar into this drain too. Are there any issues with doing this? I assume I should have it join the piping after the trap? - the sink will have its own trap. Also, the sink won't get that much use either, a few ice cubes, a few disposed warm beers, etc.

Thanks all in advance for any advice. I am doing all this for the first time and learning along the way.
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make sure to rough in 2" trap for shower,groundwork should already be 2"
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