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Old 01-06-2018, 12:15 PM   #1
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How to move a bathtub surround into place?


I feel dumb asking this, but I can't seem to figure out how to move a three-panel fiberglass bathtub surround into place. The bathtub is 60-inches wide, and the rear panel is also exactly 60-inches wide. The width of the bathroom is also 60-inches (if I remove all the drywalls). The rear fiberglass panel is shaped like a U with two pieces that stick forward to connect to the side panels (see attached image). Even if I remove the drywalls, I don't see how I can maneuver this piece over the bathtub. The side projections of the rear panel will need more than 60-inches to rotate into position. However, I have seen identical bathrooms where the same style of tub surround has been installed, so I am sure it can be done, some how. The only alternative I can think of is to cut the surround and then glue it back in place. But that will destroy the look of the surround, and may become a potential source of leak.
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Old 01-06-2018, 12:48 PM   #2
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Remove the drywall all the way to the top of the panel or go get a renovators shower stall that comes with three piece walls.
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I agree.... that specific horseshoe enclosure isn't very forgiving to get into a bathroom let alone properly in place - then there are the problems of

is base perfectly level and are walls perfectly square & and all at perpendicular angles

IMO that style is used when interior walls can be removed/demoed but a 1-piece tub won't walk into house through existing door openings for example

Don't cut it !!!

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Hard to see if there's a nailing fin in the picture, and there's no make or model # mentioned.
What's the directions that came with say about how it gets attached?
The ones with the nailing fin the sheetrock gets removed all the way to the ceiling and it gets nailed directly to the studs with galv. roofing nails and the new sheetrock covers up the nailing fin.
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Hard to see if there's a nailing fin in the picture, and there's no make or model # mentioned.
What's the directions that came with say about how it gets attached?
The ones with the nailing fin the sheetrock gets removed all the way to the ceiling and it gets nailed directly to the studs with galv. roofing nails and the new sheetrock covers up the nailing fin.
Yes, there is a nailing fin at the top of the panels. But that is not the problem. The width of the panel is 60-inches, and the stud spacing is also 60-inches, and the panel has a non-zero thickness. If the bathroom were wider, then I could see how it may be possible to place the panel directly in front of the bathtub and push it in. However, the bathroom is also 60-inches wide, so it has to be brought in through the door at an angle and rotated into place. The width of the panel (which is about 6-inches due to the curvatures at the edges) makes the total diagonal width greater than 60-inches.
The model is Sterling Ensemble #71374800-0
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If you already have finished drywall in place, think I would be returning that one pc surround and looking at a 3 or 5 pc unit. Don't buy anything thinner than a 5mm wall. JMHO
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May as well have bought a one piece tub, you take down studs to get them in.
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Having installed a few of those things in my day, I can say they can be one of the most frustrating projects for anyone. As DR P mentioned, the walls/studs all have to be plumb and square. If they are not, you will be shimming A LOT to get the surround to fit properly.

Now, I have to ask a question and don't take this the wrong way......but, are you assembling the 3 pieces outside of the bathroom and then taking it in to fit? Or, are you placing the back piece and then bringing in the 2 end pieces to fit into the back piece? Most of the 3 piece units require the placing of the long 60 inch piece first, making sure it's plumb and square......then the two end pieces generally fit in nicely, almost like puzzle pieces.

EDIT: Never mind, I see that your unit is an all-in-one. Yodaman is right. Return the one-piece unit and buy the 3-piece unit. Much easier install for sure.........
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Having installed a few of those things in my day, I can say they can be one of the most frustrating projects for anyone. As DR P mentioned, the walls/studs all have to be plumb and square. If they are not, you will be shimming A LOT to get the surround to fit properly.

Now, I have to ask a question and don't take this the wrong way......but, are you assembling the 3 pieces outside of the bathroom and then taking it in to fit? Or, are you placing the back piece and then bringing in the 2 end pieces to fit into the back piece? Most of the 3 piece units require the placing of the long 60 inch piece first, making sure it's plumb and square......then the two end pieces generally fit in nicely, almost like puzzle pieces.
The surround is one piece.
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That unit did not get very good reviews:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Sterling-En...-in/1000132905
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