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Old 03-12-2018, 12:18 PM   #16
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I'm toying with the idea of rebuilding this shower as a curbless one (since I'm expanding it from a 3 x 3 to a 3 x 5), but have no idea if my space is big enough to allow that or if there are Texas code issues to respect. Any advice? I'm in the Austin area.
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Old 03-14-2018, 01:35 PM   #17
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I think you'd be fine going curbless if the shower is 5' long, with the shower head at the far end. If you have a tub + shower still installed elsewhere in the house just take a test shower. The far end of ours sees no significant amount of water.

NO idea what Texas code will say about it though.

Regardless, you will want to locate the valves where you can turn the water on without getting wet, while still being able to comfortably reach them while showering.
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Old 05-30-2018, 04:06 PM   #18
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New twist as my thinking around this shower rebuild evolves. I want to put a bench in at the far end of this shower. Recall: space is 36" x 60", so it will be 36" wide. As I'm about to dig up the slab to recenter the drain to the new sized space, do I subtract the 12" depth of the bench and center from there or do I center based on the full size of the space? In other words, center based on
36" x 60" (not accounting for the bench depth) or based on 36" x 48" (subtracting the bench depth)?
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IMO, if the bench is of the "floating" type (front is open, center the drain in the 60" dimension. If the front of the bench extends all the way to the shower floor, center the drain in the 48" length.
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Old 05-31-2018, 12:25 PM   #20
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thanks Dan. I had been thinking about one which would go all the way to the floor, but only because I can see how I'd build that. How does one support a floating bench?
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Peter,

It appears to me that the 36" wide section has framed walls on both sides, as well as the rear wall. It should be straight forward to build a 36"x12" "shelf" that fits between the side walls, and anchors to the side and rear wall studs. Build it out of 2X4's, double them in the front. Make sure there is a wall stud to pick up the loads at the two front corners. At only 36" a double 2X4 in the front should be plenty stout. Pitch the frame to the drain so water runs off easily.

Making it "float" - no front, will let you get that much closer to the shower head because your feet will have somewhere to go. Rather like the toe kick area of your kitchen cabinets.
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Old 05-31-2018, 01:16 PM   #22
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That No-hub torque wrench link just brought back memories. I worked in a small hardware store for 8 years growing up (about 20 years ago) and I had found one of those exact wrenches that was missing the packaging. I never could figure out what it was for, although I'll admit I never spent too much time researching it. But.. I can die now that I solved one of my many life mysteries.
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Thanks Dan, makes sense. My wife likes the idea of a linear drain. I assume I'd put that flush against the wall, under the floating bench in this case?
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:28 AM   #24
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Anyone have any experience with the Better Bench floating bench (BB-ADJR)? I'm thinking about putting this at the end of my shower in the pic above, so it would fill the entire 36" span. If I do this (and I can therefore attach on 3 sides) is there any need for those Invisibolt really long (and $) screws for support?
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