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How to Install a Shower Pan

Replacing a shower starts from the base up. Learn how to install a shower pan with these easy step-by-step directions.

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total bathroom renovation goes from the floor up
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Attach the Board to the Floor

Apply a bead of construction adhesive to the cement board underlayment (Image 1) and press into place (Image 2). Attach the board to the floor with cement board screws.

Step 2: Remove the Excess Pipe

Cut away the excess drainpipe with a flexible, 6-inch blade on the reciprocating saw. Cut the pipe flush with the cement board.

remove the excess pipe

Step 3: Adhere the Bottom of the Shower Base

Apply construction adhesive to the bottom of the shower base, making sure to cover each cleat and the area around the drain hole.

apply adhesive to bottom of shower base

Step 4: Install the Shower

Press the shower pan into place. Apply pressure until you have the perfect fit (Image 1).

Install the drain assembly. Use soapy water to help ease the rubber ring in (Image 2), then drop in the drain cover.

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