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Old 03-10-2011, 12:12 PM   #1
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Replace Shower Stall with Tub on Cement Slab

We have an old shower stall I want to tear out and replace with a tub and shower surround. Problem is we have a cement foundation and need advice on how to go about moving the drain. Since our finances are limited my husband and I will be doing this project ourselves along with some help from our friends. I've tried searching for diy videos but was only able to find the shower surround installation but nothing on the moving the drain. Also, any suggestions on what to look for when buying the surround? This wasn't my first choice, would rather do tile but it's the cheapest for our pocketbook.


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Old 03-10-2011, 12:56 PM   #2
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Moving the drain usually requires renting a jack hammer for a few hours---
You won't need a neat hole--the tub will hide the patch.

How difficult the plumbing is depends on --what kind of pipe--and where the old line is going.

Old cast iron pipe might require renting a 'chain breaker' to crack the old iron drain--not a hard job,but one more trip to the store.

I suggest that you get the floor opened up and see what you are up against---then post a picture here. We will walk you through the job.

This job is well within the ability of anybody with common sense and some natural mechanical aptitude.



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Thanks! We won't be starting the project for another month or so, I'll post back then....thanks again!
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Just be sure there's no radiant heat in the slab. There are also issues with opening something called, "pre-tensioned" slabs.
Maybe the concrete guys will stop in.
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