Replacing tub with tiled shower walls & floor

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Troy Bieger, Jan 16, 2007.

  1. Troy Bieger

    Troy Bieger New Member

    Jan 16, 2007
    Sales Director - Mfg company
    Deltona, FL
    OK, I am posting here for the first time. I have been reading from this forum for a while and have seen some related posts - unfortunately lost all my history in a computer crash. :(

    We have a fiberglass tub that is old, ugly and impossible to get truly clean. Its out of here!

    The tub spans the full width of a small bathroom (5'). The wall above the tub has a window in the middle about 5 above the floor. I would like to tear out the old tub. Build a small wall extension cutting the space from 5' down to about 3' 8" (at the edge of the window opening or just past it. This would leave a small "linen" shelf opposite of the shower head side.

    The idea then is to build up a small (4") or so ledge and install a shower pan or liner and tile the enclosure. The this would leave a shower stall just a little longer than it is wide.

    Trying to keep costs down, I would rather leave the drain where it is and shape the pan/liner to it even if it means a bit of an odd drainage slope on the floors.

    I'm thinking of doing the tub removal/demo, wall and ledge build up myself then having a plumbing contractor install the pan and prep for the tile which I would also do myself. Alternatively, if I can get the right instructions and materials to do the pan/liner myself, I may do the whole thing.

    Am I crazy to be thinking of this? - I am usually pretty handy when I have the right tools and instructions. This site has been a wealth of knowledge already.

    I would appreciate any advise and or suggestions...


  2. markts30

    markts30 Commercial Plumber

    Sep 25, 2006
    Commercial Plumber
    Phoenix, AZ
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  4. geniescience

    geniescience Homeowner

    Nov 27, 2005
    humid summers hot, humid winters cold
    it will work

    and congratulations, you already know a lot !! There are many ways to plan a sloped floor without putting your drain in the center. Post your ideas.

  5. indyjps

    indyjps mechanical engineer

    Jun 7, 2006
    mechanical engineer
    indianapolis (fishers) indiana
    couldnt you pour a concrete shower pan, slope it to your existing drain and tile the floor also?
  6. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

    Dec 15, 2007
    Service Plumber
    You may need to replace the drain anyway. Tub drains are usually 1 1/2" while shower drains are 2".
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