Diy Home Projects: Installing A Fiberglass Shower Pan

Tips, tools and easy instructions that will help you install a leak-proof fiberglass shower pan in your bathroom by yourself in little time. Included are safety, preparation and plumbing issues to consider.

Fiberglass showers are relatively easy to install. They are light, and they come in two styles: a one-piece pan that has attached walls, or, a freestanding pan. Naturally, a one-piece shower pan is less likely to develop a leaking problem. They also come in a variety of colors to complement your bathroom decor. If you are going to install the freestanding pan type, then you'll need to install a fiberglass wall surround. Or, you can tile the surrounding walls instead; the choice is up to you.

To install a fiberglass shower pan, you must first prepare the floor that it's going to be set on. This means, that, one- the floor must be free of all obstructions and it must be structurally sound. Make sure there are no nails and other sharp objects sticking out of the floor that could damage the shower pan.

And, two, you'll need to install the plumbing for the drain before the shower pan in installed. You'll need to check with your local codes and permits department to find out what the specific laws are concerning the plumbing. You might also need to obtain a building permit. Basically, though, you'll just need to drill a hole into the floor for the plumbing pipe. To find the right location, you'll need to dry fit the fiberglass shower pan into the space, then use a lead pencil or chalk to mark the drain hole. Use the help of an assistant when you are moving the fiberglass shower pan. And, make sure that you don't drop it, bend it, or otherwise damage it. To find out how big the hole needs to be in diameter, you'll need to refer to the manufacturer's instructions. You can now install the drainpipe.

The next step is to use a vacuum cleaner to clean the space again. Make sure that you remove dirt, sawdust, et cetera. Then, with the help of your assistant again, place the shower pan into the prepared space. Make sure that it is aligned correctly and that it touches the floor completely. If it doesn't, as soon as there is weight put on it, (i.e., a person steps into the shower), the fiberglass can bend, break, or crack.

You'll need to finish installing the plumbing pipe and the drain into the fiberglass shower pan. Again, follow the manufacturer's instructions in order to achieve the best results. It's important that the drain and the pipe are installed correctly. Otherwise, you could have water leaking onto the floor below. After time, the leak will rot the floor and it can also cause further structural damage.

The next step in this project is to use a waterproof caulking to seal the top edge of the shower pan all the way around its perimeter. Then, install waterproof tiles to the surrounding walls all the way up to the ceiling. You'll need tiles, grout, and a trowel or this step. Basically, you'll use the trowel to apply the grout onto the wall, a small area at a time. Then, the tile is positioned and pressed into the grout. Carefully wipe off any excess grout with the trowel.

Continue to use additional grout and tiles and work your way up and around the walls. Once the tiling is finished, you'll need to allow it to dry thoroughly before proceeding on.

Finally, your new fiberglass shower pan is ready to have either doors or a shower curtain installed.

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