Replace Metal Shower Stall with Fiberglass
LESLIE: Renee in Illinois, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
RENEE: Hi. I have a metal shower stall that I’m wanting to replace, that’s in a basement where one wall is concrete block and the drain is in concrete slab. But I’m wanting to put in – I have a real tight space that’s 36 inches, roughly, so I am – have to put the plumbing, because of where the toilet is, on the wall between the toilet and the shower stall.
RENEE: So what I’m wondering is, can I glue that – you know, they make that solid surface walls that you can get three walls?
TOM: Right. Mm-hmm.
RENEE: Can I just glue that onto that concrete block that’s been painted with enamel paint or do I have to fur it out and …?
TOM: Here’s what I think the best way is to handle the situation. I wouldn’t put the liners in, because you don’t really have a surface to work from. I would simply consider replacing the old, metal shower stall with one of the prefabricated fiberglass ones.
Now, they come broken down, so you have the shower pan, then you have the walls. They all assemble together nice and neat. They lock together; they’re ready to accept the shower door or shower curtain rod, if you want to use that. And it’ll give you a real permanent surface that is going to be very, very water-resistant.
I think that if you try to kind of modify what you have right now by just adding liners to it, you’re kind of starting with a bad structure, so to speak, underneath. So I would eliminate that, go with a fiberglass shower stall and start clean. I think you’re going to be much happier in the long run if you do that.
RENEE: OK. Thank you.
TOM: You’re welcome. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.