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How to Install Shower Walls and a Niche

After installing the shower pan the next step in installing a new shower is the shower walls. Learn how to install shower walls and a niche with these easy step-by-step directions.

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    $500 - $1,000

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Step 1: Prepare the Shower Walls

With a circular saw, cut the cement board to size (Image 1).

Use a hole saw to make cuts in the boards for the plumbing (Image 2).

Step 2: Screw the Cement Boards Into the Wall

Drill the boards to the wall with porcelain-lined cement screws (Image I). If the screw won’t go in, pound the screws with a hammer to knock them into place and then continue screwing. Make sure the screw head goes below the surface of the board.

drill boards to wall

Step 3: Measure for the Niche

Determine the height of the niche and mark.

Transfer the measurements to the cement board.

determine height of niche and mark

Step 4: Install the Niche

With a circular saw, make a plunge cut along the cut line and carefully make the cut-out.

Apply construction adhesive to the back of the niche and press into place.

install the niche

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