bath shower units
Installing bath shower units
For people who much prefer to take a shower instead of a bath in a tub, the stand-alone bath shower units are the ideal bathroom bathing choice. Being vertical, as opposed to horizontal like a bathtub, they also take up less floor space. The best part about these single-piece units is that they are much quicker to install than more traditional tile baths. Most people with average plumbing skills and the help of a couple of friends can accomplish this task in a day following basic installation and plumbing hook-ups.
Measure and mark off the drain hole for the unit on the clean, level subfloor. Make sure the hole in the floor will match the size and location of the hole in the bath shower units. Drill out the 3- to 4-inch hole, to match the drain size, using a drill and circular bit. Sweep away the sawdust, keeping the floor clean and grit-free.
Nail in 1-by-2 strips on each front side of the shower unit opening to catch the mounting flanges on each side of the shower unit, as it is slid into place. Allow room for the drywall to be installed up to the edge of the shower unit, keeping the unit flush with the wall. Tilt the shower unit so you have access to the drain hole. Take apart the shower strainer assembly by unscrewing it. Pack the underside of the flange of the top piece of the strainer heavily with plumber’s putty. Push the strainer firmly into the hole in the unit with the loaded plumber’s putty side down, between the flange and the floor of the unit. Screw the gasket and ring assembly onto the strainer from underneath the unit. Tighten down with a pair of adjustable pliers.
Tilt the unit back to level. Slide the unit into place with the help of at least one or two other people. Be careful to center it into the prepared opening, and slide it in squarely. Make sure the strainer you just attached falls neatly into the hole cut in Step 1. Check to make sure the bath shower units is sitting flush on the framing. Use galvanized screws to attach the unit to the wall studs through the existing holes on the flange of the shower unit.
Connect the drain assembly to the drain line. Install the rough plumbing. Mount the finished handles and shower head onto the stubbed-out plumbing. Check to make sure it is fully operational, once the water is turned on. Look and listen for any leaks as part of the final inspection in the bath shower units.