How to Build a Shower Stall in 10 Steps

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What You'll Need
Prefabricated shower or shower surround
Tape measure
Hole saw
Silicone caulk
Electric drill
Plumber's tape
Blue tape
Plumb level
Shower fixtures

You can build a shower stall in a few steps if you have the right tools and the necessary knowledge. Here's a quick guide to building a shower stall.

Step 1 - Select Style

Choose the style of shower stall that you want. Pick a style that works well with the space that you have. If you have a large bathroom, you might consider installing a shower stall intended for 2 people.

Step 2 - Consult Plumber

Nothing dictates that you cannot do the plumbing yourself when installing a shower, but what you are going to want to do is be prepared to consult a plumber with questions. The better prepared you are, the better the process will go.

Step 3 - Prepare Area

Prepare the area by installing needed flooring material or doing anything else that needs to be done before the new shower stall is installed. If you do this all beforehand, it will help greatly.

Step 4 - Read Instructions

This is a vitally important step, because knowing what steps need to be taken will ensure that you properly install your shower stall.

Step 5 - Begin Installation

Begin by installing the shower pan, putting it on the subfloor or concrete over the drain with a shower adhesive. Install the first panel using shower adhesive on all sides and corners of the non shiny side.

Step 6 - Measure Mixing Valve

Measure the mixing valve's center to guide you in drilling holes for the shower fixtures.

Step 7 - Install Remaining Panels

Install the shower panel where the fixtures will inserted, the same way that the first panel was installed. Then install the remaining panels.

Step 8 - Install Plates

Install the base plates that will accommodate the glass enclosure, using blue tape to hold them together while you drill the holes and secure everything into its place.

Step 9 - Finish It Off

Place the side plates and the glass panel enclosures. Add rubber piping to ensure that the entire enclosure is completely water tight. Finish off the top by adding the top plates to the shower stall. Use silicone caulk to keep the glass seams completely water tight.

Step 10 - Install Fixtures

Add the shower fixtures, including control knobs and shower head, as soon as all of the caulking and adhesives has set up completely. Prevent leaks with plumber's tape on the shower head. Make sure that there are no leaks before using your newly installed shower stall.