How To Install Shower Base

Learning how to install a shower base comes in handy when redoing a bathroom. When installing a stand alone shower, the shower base is one of the most important parts of the project. A shower base that is not installed properly can crack, leak or break. Not only can it cause unnecessary water damage and possible mold or mildew it could also cause bodily harm if someone is in the shower when it cracks or breaks.

To install a shower base, you will need:

  • Tape measure
  • Shower base
  • Silicone caulk
  • Drain kit
  • Saw
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Pliers
  • Dry set mortar
  • Trowel
  • Level

Steps

  1. Preparation. The drain pipe will need to be cut as per manufacturer specifications on the shower base. Most likely this is at floor level or just a bit above it. Follow the instructions given by the manufacturer to prepare the shower base to attach to the drain pipe. Mix enough dry set mortar for a 1-inch layer to cover the sub floor of the shower base area. The sure the mortar is level. It provides the stability needed for the shower base.
  2. Setting the drain. In order for the parts to move together more smoothly add dish soap to the rubber gasket and the outside of the drain pipe. Line up shower base drain with the drain in the floor. Press firmly until shower base fits into place.
  3. Setting the base. Once the drain is in place gently press the shower base into the mortar. Use the level as you go to ensure the base will be level the whole way around. Once base is level finish attach as per the manufacturer specifications. After the mortar has set about 8 hours continue with other work in the shower area.
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