How to install a shower enclosure yourself? Step by step instruction
Posted: Nov 26, 2020
The assembly of the shower cubicle, although usually done by Bathroom Remodelers, is not difficult at all. All you need is a little precision and good intentions, as well as the scrupulous observance of the sequence of necessary works. How to install a shower cabin? Here is a short tutorial.
The main difficulty in installing a shower tray and a shower cubicle fitting in is... choosing the right model and placing it in the right place. Why? The type of shower tray we can choose depends on where and at what height the inlet to the sewage pipe is located. A high tray can basically always be installed, while with a low one, the matter is a bit more complicated. We can install it without any problem, only if the sewage inlet is very low, just above or at the floor level. If it is higher, we will not be able to fit the siphon and proper pipe connection. Especially since the latter must have a corresponding, at least 2-degree slope. Only then will the water drain from the paddling pool without any problems.
The need to provide a slope also means that the pipes must not be too long - if we intend to locate the shower tray far from the sewage outlet, the difference in levels will be really significant - even several centimetres. On the other hand, if the distance between the shower tray drain and the sewage system is too small - we may have problems with connecting and fitting the siphon and pipes.
Installation of the shower tray:
The assembly itself should begin with the preparation of the surroundings. The floor and walls should be secured with waterproofing beforehand. In addition, tiles and joints should also be ready.
The first step in the assembly is to test the shower tray and check that everything fits together. At this point, it is also worth marking the drainage point on the floor with a pencil - here we will attach the siphon later. Then attach the legs to the shower tray and carefully level them. We also screw the handles to the side panel or the plate on which we will put the tiles.
The next step is to assemble the siphon and connect it to the sewage system using a flexible pipe, taking care of precise and accurate positioning of the gaskets, as well as the aforementioned drain slope. Detailed instructions on how to do this can certainly be found on the packaging of the selected siphon. The pipe length must be adjusted and, if necessary, trimmed with a saw. Uneven edges should be sanded with sandpaper.
In the next stage, we put some silicone or glue on the sides of the previously prepared shower tray, put it in its place, carefully check it again with a spirit level and attach it to the walls. After waiting for the glue to dry, slide the upper part of the siphon through the drain hole and screw it to the one previously connected to the sewage system. At this stage, precision is again needed - if the seal's move, the connection will not be tight. After attaching the siphon, it is worth checking that we have done everything thoroughly enough. It's worth it - before the end of the work, fill the siphon with water and check that nothing is leaking. Only after passing this exam, the feet should be glued to the base to prevent the paddling pool from moving. The last step is to fix the side panel or side cover and silicon. And here it is worth paying attention to precision. When applying silicone and shaping it with a rubber profile or a finger, we must make sure that the gap between the shower tray and the wall is completely filled.
Installation of a shower cubicle:
When the silicone is dry - and it needs at least 24 hours, we can start installing the shower enclosure. We start with screwing the elements together using the screws and a screwdriver or a cross-head screwdriver included in the set. First, we deal with the lower and upper profiles, then we connect them with the vertical ones and attach the silicone gaskets in the designated places. Do not use sharp tools for this, so as not to damage the material. Importantly, the screws should not be fully tightened at this stage.
Place the prepared cabin on the tray, level it and mark the connection points on the walls. After putting the cabin aside for a moment, drill holes for the wall plugs in the designated places, taking care not to damage the tiles. When they are ready, put silicone on the bottom and side cabin profiles, place the cabin on the tray again and attach it to the walls. The next step is to install shower glass walls and doors. Depending on the model of the shower enclosure, it may be slightly different. Carefully mount the running system, e.g. rollers, on the lower and upper profiles, and ensure that all elements are level. Glazing is the most difficult thing. The panes are attached as follows: first, seal the lower profile with sanitary silicone. We insert the glass and silicone gasket and tighten the screws. We repeat everything with the top profile. Fasten the finished wings to the running system. We tighten and - if necessary - put on the plugs.It is worth remembering that great help in putting on the gaskets is to coat them with washing-up liquid beforehand. It will make the material more flexible and it will be easier for us to adjust it.
It is always a good idea to hire a professional Bathroom Fitters to avoid any possible errors that can cause you a water leak.
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