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Old 01-20-2015, 12:07 AM   #1
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Possible botched shower enclosure installation. Help!!


Folks....I'm a first time poster. This isn't exactly do it myself but I'm looking for advice from people who know this stuff and I have been lurking in the forum and see a bunch of folks who hopefully can advise me here.

I hired a local contractor with a very good reputation to gut and remodel my bathroom. Everything looks fine except for one major thing that is really bothering me. They are using swanstone for the shower enclosure. Ceiling and three walls. Everything looks good except for the bottom left portion near the floor of the wall where the shower controls will be.

They glued the swanstone to a plywood sheet. The bottom of the swanstone is not making contact with the wood because the lip of the shower pan is there. That tells me they measured something wrong. Why didn't they just add a thicker piece of plywood?

I am attaching a photo of what I am describing. I had a guy over the other day who is going to install frameless glass doors. He wasn't too thrilled about the problem but said he could get a door in to work fine.

The main contractor said, "this is very common" and "it happens all the time" and it's "not a problem". Somehow I don't believe it happens all the time.

What do you folks think of it?
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Here is another picture of it.
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Old 01-20-2015, 12:24 AM   #3
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Dog gone it. It looks like I should have posted this in the kitchen and bathroom remodeling forum. Can it be moved? Sorry. I'm brand new here.
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Here is another picture of it.
THAT - DOES NOT "happen all the time".
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Moved this for you.
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Beginner mistake---I would not accept that.
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He needs to redo that. It's wrong, ugly and a water leak waiting to happen .
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Beginner mistake---I would not accept that.
I just called the installer. He said he would rip it out and fix it. When I first mentioned it he made like he didn't know what I was talking about. Once I told him I had some professional builders look at it and that they told me it was a "rookie" mistake he said, "OK, we'll fix it". He didn't sound happy.

I'm paying good money for this. Why should I accept anything but perfect work?
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You are not being unreasonable asking for professional work from a professional installer---the work should be right---that is just expected---and paid for.

Glad to hear they are going to set it right--keep us informed---
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You are not being unreasonable asking for professional work from a professional installer---the work should be right---that is just expected---and paid for.

Glad to hear they are going to set it right--keep us informed---
You folks have been terrific. I don't know what I would have done without you.

By the way. Here is a wider shot of the wall.
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I see that the wall is not tight to the shower pan--the drywall should have covered the left hand edge if it was----

My guess---pan needs to be tight to the framing --the plan was to use 1/2" plywood to back the Swanstone---the ply flush to the drywall--and over the flange of the pan--allowing the Swanstone to go over the flange.

Simple fix---fur out the studs so the ply backer is positioned correctly---

If that is the mechanical wall--be sure the mixer valve is far enough out to compensate for the thicker wall---
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I'd have them pull that little bit of drywall, and bring the whole wall out. If you don't, there will be a big caulk joint where the SS meets the DW along the entire vertical edge.

Like Mike stated, the pan wasn't set correctly, and these are the consequences.
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You folks have been tremendously helpful. I am very thankful to you.
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I think what the problem is is that the shower pan has a lip extending up and it is holding the swanstone material out. Since it causes the piece to angle outward starting at the top of the lip it gets worse the further down you get.



I don't know how to fix it myself \. Not my trade.

a suggestion though: the plywood needs to have a relief cut into it so the pan lip end up flush with the plywood.


but since that isn't likely to happen: furring strips the same thickness of the pan lip to shim the SS out.

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