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Old 01-25-2008, 08:10 PM   #1
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It's getting near time to redo the bathroom in my little 1960 cottage

I have decided to take the bathtub out and install a shower
The bathroom is small so I would only be able to put in maybe a 3x3 or so

I don't want to go with one of the prefab plastic units

I thinking of a 4' or so wall about 6' or so high tiled to match the floor

I just need basic instructions as to shower pans and other things that I may not be aware of

I have already help to build on very similar to what I want at a friends house
But the rules were different in his non code outside bathroom, if the shower leaked it leaked into ground

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Old 01-27-2008, 01:08 AM   #2
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I am confused. If you are removing an existing bathtub (normally 32" x 60") why can you only install a 36"' x 36" shower stall?

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Old 01-27-2008, 03:43 PM   #3
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Do a search on shower pans here http://johnbridge.com/vbulletin/index.php.
You'll find all the info you could ever need.
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I am confused. If you are removing an existing bathtub (normally 32" x 60") why can you only install a 36"' x 36" shower stall?
The shower will not take up the entire space

There is a window towards the end of the tub which is at the perfect height for an antique lingerie chest which almost exactly matches the small dresser that I have converted to a vanity

The bathroom is very small the fullsize tub just makes it look smaller
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:37 AM   #5
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There are a few good ways to do it and they all are really too complicated to describe with enough detail here. Start with the johnbridge site above then do additional searches. Don't start until you feel you really understand the details and the pros and cons of several methods. Once you get that far you can post specific questions on here and get good answers.

Whatever you do don't go the route of slapping tiles on green wallboard with mastic. It will fail.
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:36 PM   #6
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Whatever you do don't go the route of slapping tiles on green wallboard with mastic.
So where were last year

Good advice
I needed some basic info before I started to formulate a plan

For a turn key house this thing has given me about two solid years of work so far
I'm glad I didn't go with the fixer upper I originally wanted
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Old 01-29-2008, 11:27 PM   #7
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This is why I love this place

About five minutes of looking and here we are

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...icial%26sa%3DN

Anyone have experience with Kerdi membranes

I think this is what I want
According to John Bridge the only thing that I couldn't build with plain old 2xs and sheetrock is the shower floor

My only plan so far is a rain type shower head that would come down from the ceiling
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Old 01-30-2008, 02:20 PM   #8
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Yep, I use it often. I went to the training offered by Schluter. If you want I can post the dates for the 2008 classes scheduled in Anaheim Ca.

Of you can go to their website or call them to see about your area.

No I don't work for them.
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Old 01-31-2008, 12:28 AM   #9
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I'm in Florida so Ca is out

I found an article by JB that details exactly what I am wanting to do almost down to the exact size of the shower

My only question is about the drain

Being presently in a tub it is at the far end against the wall
All the showers shown have the drain in the middle of the unit

Should I ramp the floor down to the existing drain position or move the drain to the center of the floor does it really matter or should I just go for simplicity?

The pipes are black iron the feed out under the slab
Will that pose any problems with new installation?
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It doesn't have to be centered. If the existing location will work (if you can get the correct slope and the location doesn't look odd) then you will save a lot of work by not moving it to the center.
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Bath tubs have a 1 1/2 inch drain and showers require a 2 inch drain. If you have to change the pipes anyway, you may as well put them where you want them. If they are going to stay where they are Schluter makes a replacement shower tray designed to fit a bath tub space.

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