How To Replace A Shower – Do It Yourself

How To Replace A Shower - Do It Yourself

Anthony Barnes

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How often do you take a bath or shower? If you don’t answer this question honestly, then you might be surprised at the number of times you go through the bathroom every day.

And even though you may think that taking a shower is a simple task, it can be quite challenging.

Showers are a great way to relax after a long day. They also provide us with a chance to cleanse our bodies from dirt and grime. However, they can also be a source of frustration if you don’t know how to properly clean them.

Replacing your shower has never been easier, as the instructions are easy to find, so let’s get into it!

It’s truly rewarding to fix or replace a shower by yourself, and there’s no better time than the present, right?

So, let’s get stuck into our article all about shower replacements and the easiest ways to tackle them on your own. Without the help from professionals eating up all your hard-earned money!

What You’ll Need To Replace The Shower

  • Saw
  • Screw Driver
  • Hammer
  • Prying bar
  • Utility Knife
  • Power Tool
  • Level

How To Replace Your Shower: Step By Step

How To Replace Your Shower Step By Step

Replacing a shower is a straightforward job that requires some time and effort.

If your shower was originally attached to some form of studs, then you’ll need to make sure to install the same or a similar type of shower.

If your shower was glued to drywall, then you’ll need to install adhesive shower panels.

  • Shut off your water supply that’s attached to the shower, and remove the door and the frame, if present. You’ll need to make sure to remove the screws, and faucets, take out the shower head, cut caulk, and trim, leaving only the very exposed types of ends of your supply pipes.
  • Remove and be careful with the sink assembly. Also, depending on the drain hardware that was used previously, you may actually need to possibly unscrew part of it yourself or even scrap away the plumber’s putty or some sort of caulk, make use of the utility knife to evenly cut a line of caulk along the shower wall.
  • If shower walls are nailed to studs, you’ll need to pry away drywall to reveal nail heads. Pry away drywall to expose nail heads.
  • Pry away flange and nails off studs. Wall panels should be pulled off the walls before installing a new shower. You should also scrape away any old sealant that may still be on the walls.
  • After cleaning up the mess, you should measure where the new shower panels will go on the walls, and use the level to make sure everything is straight.
  • Then you should install the new panels based on your measurements.
  • Finally, you should measure where pipes will be installed, and then install them accordingly. A professional bathroom remodeler can help you design a new bathroom or renovate your current bathroom. They can also install new tile, flooring, cabinets, countertops, lighting, and more. Their services include bathroom remodels, kitchen remodels, basement remodels, and other renovations.

What About The Shower Head?

Shower heads are usually connected to a water supply line. The water pressure inside the house is usually much higher than outside. This means that the water flow rate is high. 

When you turn off the faucet, the water pressure drops significantly. This causes the water level inside the shower head to drop too.

As a result, the water flow rate decreases. This creates a low-pressure zone in your shower head.

The most common cause for low-pressure zones is debris clogging up the spray holes.

It’s very easy to remove the debris by using a small brush. You should use a soft-bristled brush so as not to scratch the surface of your shower head.

Another reason why you might have low-pressure zones is that there is no water flowing into the shower head.

To fix this problem, you need to check whether the water supply valve has been turned on. If it isn’t, turn it on. Turn it back off when you’re done showering.

If you still experience problems, then you’ll have to replace your shower head. There are many types of shower heads available today.

Some are more expensive than others. But all of them will work just fine once installed correctly.

If you want to install a new shower head yourself, follow these steps:

  1. Remove the old shower head.
  2. Clean the area around the hole where the old shower head was attached.
  3. Take out the screws holding the shower head to the wall.
  4. Disconnect the electrical wires from the shower head.
  5. Cut the electrical wire at the end closest to the shower head.
  6. Unscrew the mounting bracket from the wall.
  7. Pull the mounting bracket away from the wall.
  8. Insert the new shower head into the opening.
  9. Screw the mounting bracket back onto the wall.
  10. Connect the electrical wires to the new shower head.
  11. Reattach the screws holding the shower head to the wall.
  12. Test the shower head.
  13. Enjoy your newly renovated bathroom!

How To Fix A Leaking Pipe – DIY

How To Fix A Leaking Pipe - DIY

Do you ever wonder what happens to those little leaks that happen in pipes? What causes them?

Is it something you need to worry about? Well, we’re here to tell you exactly what causes pipe leaks, how to find them, and how to repair them.

Pipes are an integral part of any home. They carry water throughout the entire building. In fact, they are responsible for transporting water from one place to another.

Unfortunately, pipes sometimes leak. That’s right; they may start leaking even before you realize it.

And since they are hidden behind walls or under floors, finding and repairing them can be quite difficult.

Epoxy Putty must be used to repair leaks in pipes. It needs to be turned off before repairing a leak.

Cleaning up the area around the leak is important because it allows the epoxy putty (see also ‘Plumbers Putty or Silicone To Seal A Bathtub Drain?‘) to properly adhere to the pipe and seal the leak.

Once the area is cleaned, tear off enough epoxy putty to completely cover the leak.

Kneading the putty until it’s pliable enough for application is a very important step.

Applying putty to the pipes is also an essential part of this job. Once you’ve done these two things, you should turn on the water flow to see if there are any leaks.

Tape is used to stop leaks. You should tighten the two nuts together before taping them.

The easiest way to do this is by using plumbers tape. After tightening the two nuts together, loosen the other coupling nut and remove the P trap. 

Follow the instructions carefully because you may be wasting your time. You should use a wrench or pliers to tighten the coupling nuts.

After tightening them, run some water through the drain line to make sure the drain doesn’t leak.

Final Thoughts

There are two main reasons why pipes leak. One is because of corrosion. Corrosion occurs when metal reacts with oxygen and moisture.

This reaction weakens the integrity of the pipe and leads to cracks. Another reason why pipes leak is because of faulty installation.

Poorly installed plumbing systems can lead to leaks. These leaks are caused by improper connections between pipes.

Leaks can also occur if the pipe is damaged. Damaged pipes can burst due to excessive internal pressures or external forces.

Other times, the pipe itself could break. Regardless of the cause, fixing a pipe leak is easier than you think. All you need is some basic tools and knowledge.

Replacing your shower has never been easier, and we hope that this article has solved the problem for you of how you’re going to handle it!

Remember, an expert opinion is always advised, so consult as many as possible before taking on the job yourself! 

This article should have everything you need to know about replacing showers to do it on your own and triumph over the problem at hand!

We’ve even managed to fit in how to replace the shower head too so that you can do a two-in-one job while you’re at it. So, have fun replacing your shower today and enjoy it tomorrow!

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By Anthony Barnes

Anthony Barnes is the founder of Water Heater Hub and a second-generation plumber by profession. Before developing Water Heater Hub, Anthony Barnes was a full-time plumber, and he has undertaken a wide variety of projects over the decades. As a second-generation plumber, it was easy for Anthony to get used to the technicalities of all from a tender age