The origional shower, soon to be gone

So, last weekend, my friend and I got started tearing out the old one-piece shower. We didn’t want to spend more money on tools as this is a very low-budget project. So we tried to make do with a small grinder with the only cutting blade we could get for it, a masonry blade.

Well, you might guess how that turned out. We (my friend) cut one side of the shower all the way around, but the tool made so much dust (yes we were wearing face masks) and vibrated so much he decided to try another method to get the back, the side and the floor of the shower out.

Tearing out the showers back wall

So he took an adjustable slip joint pliers (kinda large ones) and a 18 inch long bar that could be slipped over the handle of the pliers, and just yanked pieces of the shower out in a line, all along the top edge, down to the floor and across the floor. He did this until we had the shower out in 3 sections plus the floor. It was messy, but we had it out.

I took the pieces to the dump the next day. We now have the studs and floor showing (it all looks nice and dry, so that was a relief), but because we didn’t have the best saw for the job, we now have the edges of the shower still attached to the walls. We’ll see what we need to do to get that out. Besides, we need to bring the shower pan up and fit it exactly into the space.

So there it is - old shower (mostly) gone!

There is a vent pipe that the original builders did not keep inside the wall. It is inside the wall at the top, but sticks out into the shower space a little at the bottom. We may be able to cut the shower pan around it, or we may need to move the vent pipe. I’m glad my friend knows how to do this stuff, because it seems kind of overwhelming to me.

Hamster report