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Install a shower kit including the base, wall panels and a door

Are you planning a bathroom renovation, or installing a brand new bathroom? Either way, this is the perfect opportunity to improve the functionality of your bathroom and introduce a new style element at the same time. Don’t forget: new fixtures are as likely to improve water efficiency as they are to make you smile. Bathrooms are essential, so go ahead and make yours essentially your own!

Before you begin

This project details the installation of a shower base, wall panels and door. The rough plumbing must be in place prior to installation.
  • For the installation of a shower base only, go to steps 1-5.
  • For the installation of a pivot door, go to step 7.
  • Read the project Install a bath or shower faucet for more information.
  • Ensure the framing meets the manufacturer's specifications. For example, certain manufacturers require studs spaced at 12" intervals to support the shower stall instead of the standard 16" intervals.
  • It is preferable to set the prefabricated shower base in cement or on a concrete slab subfloor.
  • Throughout the installation, protect the interior surface of the shower base with thick cardboard or a protective cover.

Install the cement board on the floor

  • 1.1 - Block the drain with a properly-fitting ABS cap or a clean rag.
  • 1.2 - Measure the floor space as well as the exact location of the drain pipe.
  • 1.3 - Cut the cement board, then cut the opening for the drain with a 3 ¼" hole saw.
  • 1.4 - Check that the panel fits well on the frame and that the opening is located where it should be.
  • 1.5 - Glue the cement board panels to the subfloor with construction adhesive.
  • 1.6 - Remove the ABS cap or rag.
  • 1.7 - Measure the height of the drain pipe, which should stand 1/2" proud of the floor. Cut the excess.
  • 1.8 - Put a plastic bag over the drainpipe and secure with a tie wrap.
  • 1.9 - If needed, add wood studs on each side at the front of the shower to support the pivot door. Plastic or fibreglass structures are not solid enough on their own.