How Do I Install a Shower Enclosure?

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A warm bubble bath can provide hours of relaxation. However, not all homeowners have the time to draw a bath every day. Instead, homeowners would rather hop into a quick shower before heading off to work in the morning. Installing a shower enclosure around the sides of a bathtub will give you the option of a shower in your bathtub. Fiberglass or acrylic shower surrounds are fast and easy to install.

Things You'll Need

  • Apron-trim pieces
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Hacksaw
  • Shower enclosure panels
  • Construction adhesive
  • Caulk
  • Shower and tub fixtures
  • Check the walls to ensure they are flat and free of drywall damage.

  • Install the apron-trim pieces around the sides of the bathtub. Measure each side of the tub and transfer the measurements to the apron-trim pieces. Cut the apron-trim to size with a hacksaw. Peel away the paper from the foam tape. Stick the apron-trim to the wall.

  • Set the corner panels in place above the tub. Check the fit of the panels. Sand down the edges of the panels with a hand sander as needed to make the panels fit. Remove the tape from the back of the foam tape on the corner panels. Apply construction adhesive to the back of the corner panels. Set the panels in place. Press the panels against the walls so the adhesive and tape stick.

  • Set the middle panel in place along the back wall of the shower enclosure. Trim the panel to size as needed with a jigsaw or hand sander. Remove the paper from the foam tape. Apply construction adhesive to the back of the panel. Set the panel in place and press it against the wall.

  • Dry fit the side panels. Trim the panels as needed. Use a jigsaw to make the plumbing cutouts. Again, remove the paper backing from the foam tape and apply construction adhesive to the back of the panel. Apply extra adhesive around the soap dish ledges. Press the panels into place on the walls.

  • Let the construction adhesive dry for 24 hours.

  • Spread a bead of caulk along the gaps around the shower enclosure panels. Smooth the caulk with your finger.

  • Install the plumbing fixtures per manufacturers' directions.

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  • Photo Credit framed-in tub enclosure image by Scott Patterson from Fotolia.com
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