Tub to Shower conversion to save space

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by deankirk, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. deankirk

    deankirk New Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    I have a 32" wide tub on concrete slab with drain mounted about 6" or so from the wall. I would like to convert to a 32" square shower, but the pans I have seen all have the drain about 16" from the wall. Does anyone make a 32" pan with the drain 6" from the wall, or is there something I don't know about tub/shower drains? I know Swan makes a tub-shower conversion floor pan, but it is 32" x 60", which is too much space in my micro bathroom/studio condo. Thanks for any help from anyone who has done this. :)

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  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    The problem is that when you put in the shower pan (floor), it needs to slope 1/4" per foot. In order to look good, you need the same drop from each wall to the drain. That means you need about 9/16" in 6" on the short side. If the drain was in the middle of the 32" (and that is a small shower!), then you'd only need about 5/16ths drop from each wall to the drain.

    You really should consider moving the drain to the middle of the shower, then you'd have a bunch of options. If you want help with tiling, consider going over to johnbridge.com probably the best tiling site on the web. They have a bunch of good people (and are friends of Terry's), plus a good library where you can do some research.
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  4. deankirk

    deankirk New Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Thanks much for the help. My mom suggested that I pour my own shower pan, which might not be too bad an idea. Thanks for the drainage info.
    Dean :)
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