Installing an Acrylic Shower Bases

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Installing an Acrylic Shower Bases
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Levelling the Floor

Acrylic shower bases are becoming more popular because of their ease of installation, durability and little needed maintenance. The floor beneath the base must be level. If you are starting with new construction, there may be nothing to do. If the base is being installed on an older floor, chances are a floor leveller or mortar will have to be used to level the floor. The compound that is used to level the floor will have to be spread across the entire area where the bottom of the base surface will touch. Once the compound is dry, the base can be installed.

Setting up the Framing

Bases can be purchased with the drain hole in the centre or off to either side. Make sure the base you purchase has the drain in the correct spot. If the framing of the shower does not have blocking between the studs, they will need to be installed. The blocking is made of 2-by-4 boards lying down at the level of the flange from the base. Since all bases are different, you will need to measure how high your particular flange is. They need to be installed all the way around between every stud.

Installing the Base

The base should be placed straight down into the framing and matching the drain hole with the drain. The flange can now be screwed into the studs and blocking. If the flange does not lie flat against the stud, it will have to be shimmed. The screw will need to be backed out and a shim installed between the flange and the stud, then insert the screw in again. Shim at each screw hole and put in the screws. Once all the screws are in the drain, assembly can be installed. To install the drain assembly, follow the manufacturer's direction.

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