How Do I Take Apart a Shower Stall?

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Upgrade to a classy ceramic-tiled shower by first removing the old one.
Upgrade to a classy ceramic-tiled shower by first removing the old one. (Image: shower image by Gina Smith from Fotolia.com)

The task of removing a shower stall, especially a fiberglass or plastic shower stall, can be completed in a matter of hours. If your shower is old and ugly and needs an update to bring your bathroom into the 21st century, simply remove the old shower and install a replacement. If you wish to upgrade from a fiberglass or plastic shower to a tile shower, removing the old shower stall is part of the preparation process.

Things You'll Need

  • Safety glasses
  • Work gloves
  • Pry bar
  • Screwdrivers
  • Utility knife
  • Jigsaw (optional)
  • Rag
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Metal snips
  • Scraper

Removing Accessories

Shut off the water supply.

Disconnect the faucet handles, the spout and the shower head. Remove the shower door or curtain rod, the molding or trim and any other accessories.

Pry off the faucet covers and unscrew the mounting screws to remove them. Remove the shower head by unscrewing the collar nut—which sits just above the shower head—with a wrench.

Loosen the escutcheon plate, the doughnut-shaped piece of metal that sits against the wall, and unscrew the arm by twisting it counterclockwise.

Removing the Stall

Separate the shower panel from the wall. Begin by slicing the caulking with a utility knife all around the edge of the shower. Remove any screws that hold the panels together.

Remove the panels from the wall. Slide the flat end of a pry bar between the panel and wall and pry the panel loose.

Cut the panels into small pieces for easier disposal. Use a jigsaw or very sharp utility knife.

Removing the Base

Slice the caulk between the base and the floor of a fiberglass or plastic base and unscrew any fasteners. Pry the base loose.

Remove the drain strainer from a ceramic base and stuff a rag into the drain.

Break through the tile on a ceramic base with a hammer and chisel to gain access to the layers underneath. Remove the tile.

Cut through the steel mesh underneath the tile with metal snips. Remove the steel mesh.

Scrape away the waterproofing layers with a scraper.

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