Can a 1 piece fiberglass shower enclosure be cut in two and repaired?

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by tomdy, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. tomdy

    tomdy New Member

    Jul 17, 2008
    Someone has given me a new one piece shower enclosure. It will not fit through the bathroom door, so I have come up with the idea of cutting the enclosure about 2 feet form the base to get it in the room. Then I figured I could install the enclosure leaving a small gap which I would then repair with fiberglass epoxy. To finish I would cover the area with marine striping to aid in sealing the area while adding visual effect. Is this plan feasible? Any other solutions or ideas?
  2. rombo

    rombo New Member

    Mar 30, 2008
    it could be done fairly easy, but it will look like hell
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  4. statjunk

    statjunk DIY Senior Member

    Jun 28, 2007
    You have to remove the door and or door casing to get it in the bathroom. I think this is one of them situations where free costs more than paid for.

  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    It might be cheaper, but definitely better looking, to make the doorway larger, at least until you get the shower installed.
  6. Bob NH

    Bob NH In the Trades

    Oct 20, 2005
    New Hampshire
    You will never be able to repair the joint where you cut it.

    Those things are structural shells that depend on continuity of the fiberglass throughout. You would have to make a patch on both sides extending 4 to 6 inches away from the cut with a bulge of fiberglass layup on both surfaces.
  7. CTWeekendWarrior

    CTWeekendWarrior New Member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Structural Engineer
    Enfield, CT
    I would opt to open up the doorway. It's much easier to patch drywall and you don't have to worry about the possibility of leaks in the future.
  8. leejosepho

    leejosepho DIY scratch-pad engineer

    Nov 23, 2006
    disabled-retired industrial fabricator
    200 miles south of Little Rock
    Yes, cutting that tub would be a very bad idea. If you have at least a 28" bathroom door and the tub measures 32", removing the door and casing would give you a little over 30" to do some pitch-and-yaw maneuvering through the opening without damage if you set aside plenty of time and work patiently and carefully. Including taking out a stairway and later putting it back, it took my son-in-law and me about 2 hours to get a 32" unit through a 30" opening and into my basement.
  9. Rmodeler

    Rmodeler Junior Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    self employed contractor
    Spend a $1 to save a dime???!!!!
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