Tips for in­stalling an acrylic shower

Sackville Tribune - - REAL ESTATE -

Putting in a shower stall is a great way to give your bath­room a facelift. Even with a lit­tle help from a plumber, you’ll still be proud to show off your newly in­stalled acrylic shower.

The first steps are to de­ter­mine the lo­ca­tion of the shower and choose the model you want. To in­stall a mod­u­lar shower, en­sure that the walls the unit will be in con­tact with have studs ev­ery 40 cen­time­tres and are re­in­forced in the mid­dle. Next, make sure the plumb­ing is suit­able. If you’re re­plac­ing an old shower, ev­ery­thing will al­ready be in place, but if you’re in­stalling a shower in a new lo­ca­tion, have the drain and wa­ter sup­ply pipes in­stalled by a li­censed plumber.

Now it’s time to in­stall the base of the shower. These are usu­ally fairly flex­i­ble, but the bet­ter qual­ity the shower, the thicker and more solid the base. Make sure the sub­floor is level. Cover the sur­face where the shower base will be lo­cated with mor­tar, tak­ing care not to put any down the drain. While the ce­ment is still wet, cover it with a seal­ing mem­brane. Place the base of the shower on the wet ce­ment, push­ing it gen­tly into the ce­ment and mak­ing sure it’s level. An­chor ev­ery­thing firmly and wait about 24 hours for the ce­ment to har­den.

The only thing left to do now is to in­stall the walls and door ac­cord­ing to the man­u­fac­turer’s in­stal­la­tion in­struc­tions. This is where you’ll need the li­censed plumber again, as you need to have all the fit­tings prop­erly in­stalled. And there you go: a beau­ti­ful new shower.

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