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How to install shower into older house?

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Posted by: from Okotoks
8/16/2016 at 5:23:49 PM

What is the best way to install a one piece shower into an older house when nothing is square?

My parents recently moved an older house and built it on to their existing dwelling. In doing so they are converting the kitchen into an on-suite bathroom. They have purchased a one piece corner shower unit to add but as you can imagine the walls are not square. We are trying to determine the best approach. The floor is quite level but the shower will not sit against both walls from the floor to the top of the shower.

Any advice you can provide would be great.

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Date/Time8/16/2016 at 8:07:08 PM

Have a custom shower built.

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Date/Time8/16/2016 at 8:55:18 PM

Seeing how you have already purchased the shower. You must now install strapping on the walls around the shower cavity. this strapping could be 1 x 3 or 2 x 2. Place it from your base horizontal all around at 16" intervals. each row will be a different thickness. You must get a 6' level and put it against the wall and this will show you how mush the walls are out and how thick you must make each row of strapping.

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Date/Time8/17/2016 at 6:48:04 AM

I think the right answer for this project would be to remove the out of square walls and reframe them. In the time you would spend shimming and strapping I believe you would spend the same time just redoing it and doing it right. Thus, in the future if you inherit or for the next person who owns the house and does the same bathroom renovation in the future it's done right.

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Date/Time8/17/2016 at 1:01:12 PM

Remove the existing walls, re-frame it and drywall it the way that fit the new shower.

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Matthew from Matt of All Trades in Kitchener
Date/Time8/17/2016 at 7:54:29 PM

Either frame the opening square or build a custom shower.

Framing would be cheaper for sure.

Good Luck

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Gary in Toronto
Date/Time9/9/2016 at 5:25:47 PM

When I had to install a shower into my house (my house is also old) I hired a contractor. I found a contractor that would come visit my house for a free consultation so I could be clear about the cost of it before anything was done!

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