Convert Shower to soaker bath

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by wsmithe, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. wsmithe

    wsmithe New Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    I have a neo angle shower pan, 36" x 36". I'd like to extend the sides so that I can use it as a deep soaker bath or a shower. The pan is fiberglass. The sides must be strong enough to hold water and to support the weight of a person climbing into the shower. Any ideas?
  2. Bob NH

    Bob NH In the Trades

    Oct 20, 2005
    New Hampshire
    Yes. Replace it with a real bathtub.

    You can either do that now, or after you wreck some things below with leaks from your extensions.

    A 36 x 36 bathtub would be wretchedly small for a soaker bathtub except for a child or a very small person.
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  4. wsmithe

    wsmithe New Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    soaker tub

    I neither have the budget nor the room for a bath. Soaker tubs of this size exist in Europe and Japan. They are wonderful if deep enough. One sits upright on a little stool. I don't want to demolish my bathroom. It was only recently installed with marble tiles and beautiful fixtures. The shower enclosure is all glass and, for a 6'x6' bathroom, I believe I've made the best of this tiny area which has a toilet to one side of the corner shower and a pedestal sink on the other. However, I long for a soak. After my stay in Japan a few years ago, I was determined to duplicate their soaker baths which range from fiberglass molded shapes to artisitic carved stone and wood. I cannot afford to import this and am hoping for a solution using my existing circumstances. Would acquariam makers be a way to go?
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2007
  5. geniescience

    geniescience Homeowner

    Nov 27, 2005
    humid summers hot, humid winters cold
    right! and beyond your skill level


    you are right that a deep soaker tub is good, no matter how small. Bob is also right to tell you to buy a tub. Based on your first post (description of problem), you don't appear able to build a custom tub. Your description is missing so much, I'm too lazy to tell you what it would need for me to believe you might be the right candidate to correspond with about buiding a custom tub.

  6. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    The time to have considered this was before the room was remodeled. Now it would be virtually impossible to extend the base of the shower and make any kind of strong permanent watertight extension to them.
  7. TedL

    TedL New Member

    Sep 17, 2006
    NY Capital District
    And then there's the problem of climbing in/out over the 3-4 foot high sidewall.....
  8. wsmithe

    wsmithe New Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    soaker tup

    Thank you for all your input.
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