How to Redo a Bathroom Shower

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Bathroom showers are typically made from tiles or fiberglass. Either shower type can be replaced, but this is an advanced do-it-yourself project. Fiberglass shower replacement is best suited for a professional because casings can be difficult to remove and install depending on the size of the bathroom. Having a refitting company cover an existing fiberglass shower is a trend in bathroom improvements. Retiling a shower is less complicated and can be completed by a moderately experienced "do-it-yourselfer" in a single weekend.

Things You'll Need

  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Caulking
  • Razor knife
  • New tiles
  • Grout
  • Tile adhesive
  • Tile cutter
  • Sandpaper
  • Putty knife or rubber squeegee
  • Remove the old shower tiles using a hammer and chisel. Remove the first title by punching the center of the tile with the hammer and chisel. Then work your way through the other tiles.

  • Remove old caulking and grout from the shower wall. Caulking can be pulled away from the surface by hand or scraped off with a razor knife. Grout can be knocked loose with a hammer. Smooth rough spots with sandpaper.

  • Apply tile adhesive to the backs of each tile as you place them on a clean and dry wall. Start in a bottom corner and move up and out to keep tiles straight. Allow 24 hours for tiles to set. Some tiles may need to be cut with a tile saw to fit in corners or other odd-shaped spaces.

  • Seal seams with new grout using a putty knife or rubber squeegee. Smooth the grout in the joint with your finger. Clean excess grout from the tiles and allow to dry.

  • Seal shower edges and around faucets and the shower head with silicone caulking. Use your finger to smooth the caulking into each joint. Make sure everything is well-covered to help prevent leaks.

  • Apply edging tiles to where tile shower meets tub or around shower floor for an additional accent or to help prevent leaks. The edging tiles are applied like wall tiles.

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References

  • "How to Fix Damn Near Everything;" Franklynn Peterson; 1996
  • "Complete Home Improvement and Repair;" Don Vandervort, ed.; 2000
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