Custom Size Shower Bases

Discussion in 'Shower & bathtub Forum & Blog' started by 29342, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. 29342

    29342 New Member

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    I want to remove my bathtub and replace it with a shower base I can tile. The floor and shower walls. My bathtub measures 57 3/8" X 31". The closest base I can find is 60" X 32". Can I have a custom base made to fit my 57 3/8" opening or do I need to enlarge the wall opening for a 60" base? The 32" width is no problem just the length.

    Walt
  2. johnjh2o1

    johnjh2o1 Plumbing Contractor for 49 years

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    Your bathtub is 60", you are measuring from finish wall to finish wall the tub fits against the framed wall.

    John
  3. 29342

    29342 New Member

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    Thanks John that did occur to me and I was wondering about that.

    Walt
  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Swan makes a shower base that is 60x32 with the drain on one end.
    Perfect for replacing a tub with.

    It sounds like your tub is 60x32 now.

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    Last edited: Sep 17, 2012
  5. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    www.schluter.com makes a tileable tub replacement base in two forms, one with the drain at one end, and another with it in the middle. I'd prefer this over a pre-formed base, but that's a personal preference. I think it would last longer, and look better. Check out their Kerdi system. If you decide to tile, check out www.johnbridge.com. Note, in either case, the drain line should be 2" for a shower - the tub is probably 1.5", so you should make some plumbing changes. Also, regardless of whose base you choose, you'd likely need to move the trap, since the location will vary a little from design to design.
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