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Old 11-28-2015, 05:57 PM   #1
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Shower wall plumbing confusion?!


Hello all!! Long time visitor, first post and I need help!! Me and the S.O. pulled out the tub and are doing a shower. Have the drain re-done, cement board up and redguard in place. We started tiling this weekend and have run in to a snag with the hot/cold plumbing that comes out of the concrete slab running to the shower.

The genius that installed it left a 1/2 inch gap between the pipes and the wall. So if you can imagine trying to hang cement board and tile over it, it does not fit flush to the wall. So our options appear to be re-plumbing the pipes, (which is honestly out of our scope of capability) or building the wall out further (we've already done that on the other side because presumably the same genius did the same thing with the drainage pipe, so we made a bench out of cement blocks and tiled over it.) We really would prefer not to lose anymore shower space.

Does anyone out there in DIY land have any suggestions!?? I've posted pics as well. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!!
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Old 11-28-2015, 06:33 PM   #2
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if replacing the pipes is out of your doing...then get a pro to do it... that is the proper way...and now is the time to replace the faucet as well...I would not fur out the wall...sorry..
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Are you using a fiberglass base or building a hand packed base?

I believe that either one can fit around the piping without modification.
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You have to build a sloped base for a shower stall.
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Old 12-10-2015, 09:43 AM   #5
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If you use a shower pan, and is tall enough and shaped correctly then it shouldn't really be an issue. The wall will start above the pan and in front of the lip.

If you are tiling the whole thing then just raise the bed enough to where it doesn't matter. You'd probably do it anyway.

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How do you think those lines get installed by the genius that left them a half inch short. They are not magically tunneled underground after concrete and walls are up. These guys are working in a big open area with a few strings to represent walls. They dig trenches and loop everything then it gets compacted and knocked around. Then come the cement guys to pour concrete all around it and knock it around some more. Then comes Mr. wall layout guy and says put wall here, not looking to see where piping is coming up out of ground. That half inch is not bad, i have seen way worse
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