Replacing the Fiberglass Tub with an Acrylic Shower
The log cabin had a fiberglass tub. We have been fighting a leak for years and finally decided to replace the tub with a shower.
We called West Shore Home on November 23. They came out and measured the very next day. Everything we wanted was available, so the install was scheduled for December 7.
The scheduler called the day before to confirm. She said they would be there by 9:00. At almost exactly 9:00 the truck backed into our driveway.
The first step was to turn off the water. The shutoff is in the yard, but was very silted over. One of the installers brought a little trowel and dug through to the valve.
Meanwhile the other guy laid out drop cloths and brought in the tools.
By the time they got the water shut off, they were taking off the old tub fixtures.
They measured to where the new shower will go and marked the drywall to cut.
Next they started to cut apart the old fiberglass shower unit.
They took off the drywall to get behind the fiberglass.
They cut the tub into pieces and pulled them apart.
They carried it out in sections.
They worked very neat.
Under the tub was a big blob of concrete that they had to get out, too.
They cut off the copper pipe. They removed all the old pipe, both the incoming water and the outgoing drain pipe.
This is the new shower floor. It has a piece of plastic over it until they are done so it doesn’t get scratched.
They cut a piece of wood that will go over the floor, under the shower.
They put in the wood and lined up the drain.
Then they sprayed the entire bottom of the new shower floor with a thick layer of foam.
The foam is Great Stuff Pro Polyurethane Foam Sealant.
They laid the shower floor down and secured it with screws while they pressed it into place.
Then one of the installers dressed in a Tyvek suit and crawled under the house to finish installing the drain.
They worked together, one under the house and one in the bathroom installing the new water pipes.
Finishing the Acrylic Shower >
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