The standard bathtubs from years ago are now being replaced with larger, more intricate bathing choices, and walk-in showers are just one of those choices. Senior citizens and those with physical limitations benefit from the larger bathing areas that walk-ins provide. Other people may just enjoy having room to move around. Replacing a regular bathtub and shower combo with a walk-in requires the space for the walk-in and some plumbing knowledge.
Things You'll Need
- Safety equipment (goggles, thick gloves, durable shoes)
- Walk in shower kit w/installation accessories
- Waterproof dry wall
- Bathroom sealant
- Replacement pipes
Shut off all power and water sources leading to the bathroom. Shut off the water via your home's water main. Also, flip the breaker or switch to your bathroom on your fuse box.
Pull out old bath unit. If the old unit consists of multiple pieces, start at the top and remove doors, panels, and fixtures. Disconnect the old plumbing once it's visible. The unit will be heavy, so have people to help you remove the basin area.
Replace boards. Check all of the support boards for mold or water damage or simple aging. Replace with more efficient, more waterproof materials if needed. Replace any pieces of plumbing that are worn or damaged.
Install new walk-in shower unit. Line up your drain system and your faucet and shower head. Anchor using ties or clamps or any anchors your new shower kit includes. Attach plumbing fixtures. Adjust if necessary. Seal around the shower unit, then attach doors. Re-tile or paint the area around the walk-in shower and add shelves or rails.
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