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Old 12-01-2014, 11:27 AM   #1
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Easiest/Cheapest Shower Replacement?


So, in my new home I have a basement shower than needs work. I have yet to tear out the rotten walls, but this is what I know so far-

It is larger than average. ( I think 45" square, I can go remeasure soon)
It had 4'6" tall tileboard walls (the boards with a tile print on them)
The boards were rotten through in a few parts at the bottom.
One wall was just the board glued up to the cinder block foundation.
The other three walls were fastened to regular drywall. Not cement board.
The floor is just painted cement.

So, most of the drop in shower options are too small for this setup. Realistically, I just want something that I can get operational ASAP. I'll probably do a real remodel later down the road when the funds are available. So cheaper is better. I don't want to cut corners, but don't really care about it being super nice (aesthetically, not quality). Just something that will last 3-5 years.

Ideas? Should I rip out the framing and frame it to a more common size, or just slap something up on the current setup?
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You need to fix all these issues.It won't get any better in 3-5 years..Least expensive,and quickest, would be to fix the water issues and put in a one piece fiberglass shower
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So, in my new home I have a basement shower than needs work.
It is larger than average. ( I think 45" square...
One wall was just the board glued up to the cinder block foundation.
The other three walls were fastened to regular drywall.
The floor is just painted cement.

I just want something that I can get operational ASAP.
Divide the job by parts.

Part #1 is the pan/base and drain plumbing.
Hire help if needed but do this RIGHT.

Part #2 is the walls.
Here you can get creative but start with RedGard on MR sheetrock.
Heck, that might be all you need for your time frame.

On top of the GWB/RedGard? FRP works well. Epoxy Paint will too.
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Divide the job by parts.

Part #1 is the pan/base and drain plumbing.
Hire help if needed but do this RIGHT.

Part #2 is the walls.
Here you can get creative but start with RedGard on MR sheetrock.
Heck, that might be all you need for your time frame.

On top of the GWB/RedGard? FRP works well. Epoxy Paint will too.
Ok, good stuff, thanks. I really just needed some affirmation.

Mako1- I thought about dropping in the fiberglass shower, but that would require framing everything again. I figure in 3-5 years I will be gutting it entirely and doing the whole place from scratch. But for now I just want one that works. We hardly use the basement floor. But it is nice for guests.


So, on to new questions-

1)Can I just assume that if the drain was functioning perfectly fine that I can leave it as is? I could repaint the floor? Could I put FRP on the floor?

2)MR sheetrock on 3 walls, what about the cinder block wall? Sheetrock on top of that, or will RedGard right on top?

THANKS!!!



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1)Can I just assume that if the drain was functioning perfectly fine that I can leave it as is?
Probably... but never ASSume anything. (get it checked)

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1a) I could repaint the floor?
Epoxy on the floor. (garage floor epoxy kit with speckles even -I've done it)
You may even be able to get away without using a pan (I have).

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2)MR sheetrock on 3 walls, what about the cinder block wall?
Redgard on all walls and on top of the (cleaned) block.

eta: This is my RV bathroom.
Five years later it's still doing great.
(walls are FRP over 1/4" ply )
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Epoxy on the floor. (garage floor epoxy kit with speckles even -I've done it)
You may even be able to get away without using a pan (I have).
Yeah, there is no pan in there right now. Just a drain in the cement floor...
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Would it be ok to use FRP on the floor?
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