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Unread 01-16-2006, 03:06 PM   #1
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Exclamation replacing shower pan--easy or hard???

I've got a question, hoping someone can help... We live in a 3 yr old house, typical builder grade shower pan. In the master bath we were able to select which tiles we wanted for walls and flooring, but were stuck with the standard, cheapest shower stall pan.

I just noticed a circular crack, something heavy must have been dropped. I have 2 options, as this crack is quite small. First would be to caulk it and live with it, the other would be to replace the whole deal.

I also hate the cheap acrylic shower doors, with the cheesy brass frame. Would not mind ripping them out and replacing with real glass at the same time.

My question, is how are these shower floor pans installed? Would it be hard to rip out and replace? Are they just set in , then the drain installed and caulked around the edges? Or, are they actually set in concrete or something??

I'm fairly handy, husband is not. Don't mind taking this on, as long as I don't end up in way way over my head--ha!

Thanks for any guidance you can give.

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Unread 01-16-2006, 05:31 PM   #2
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Hi Dawn,
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Unread 01-16-2006, 09:09 PM   #3
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Hi Dawn,

They are not hard to remove/ replace. In most cases, the flange around the top of the pan is nailed to the studs. The drain is often a compression fit. You'll have to get that rubber washer out that goes between the drain assy and the PVC pipe ( I assume it's PVC). That's probably the hardest thing to do. There may ( or may not) be some deck mud under the pan when you remove it. It only acts as support and does not act as amuch of a bonding agent.

Whatcha' gonna do with the walls though? Gotta tear out the bottom to get the pan out....good time to re-tile

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