How to Make a Shower With a Galvanized Tub

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Creating a shower out of a galvanized tub involves plumbing the tub in the same way as you would a claw tub or any free-standing tub, except that you'll have to drill your own hole or holes if they're not already fabricated. Once you have a hole in the base for draining the water, you can attach the faucets and the overflow pipes to the side. A circular shower curtain is all you need to control the overspray and provide an old-fashioned galvanized tub and shower combination. The directions are vague since each installation is unique to the tub and the home.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Metal hole bit
  • Electric drill
  • Drain and pipe overflow assembly
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Faucet assembly
  • Circular shower rod
  • Shower curtain
  • Purchase the drain and overflow pipe assembly. Mark the positions of the drains on the galvanized tub with a pencil and cut them out using a metal hole bit on your electric drill.

  • Attach the gaskets and the drain/overflow pipe assembly according to the manufacturer’s directions.

  • Purchase the faucet assembly with the shower attachment for a tub installation. Decide where on the tub you want your faucets, and cut the holes to match the requirements of the faucets, again using a properly sized metal hole-boring bit. File the edges of the hole to smooth out any rough areas.

  • Attach the faucets to the side of the tub and connect the water supply hoses to the faucets, following the manufacturer’s directions.

  • Connect the pipes to the existing drain pipes and water supply in the bathroom, using the help of a licensed plumber.

  • Install a circular shower curtain rod around the top of the tub, either from the wall or by suspending it from the ceiling. Hang the shower curtain on the rod.