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handicapped shower

how to put handicapped shower where bathtub is? would like to take out bathtub and replace with shower.wall in shower is ceramic tile, floorinf is linoleum.

Re: handicapped shower

First head down to your building department to find out restrictions and measurements. Some fire departments have this info as well.

Some of the requirements are: enough space for a wheelchair to make a 360 turn, entry door must be 36" wide, grab bars (secured into studs or blockings) must be installed and more.

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Re: handicapped shower

any reputable remodeling contractor will be able to do this for you. as for pricing alot of it will depend on the rough plumbing, especially since the drain has to be converted from a 1-1/2" to a 2" drain. not a big deal but i would guess that you're looking at about a $2,500 - $4,000 job

Re: handicapped shower

Are you doing this yourself or hiring it done? You may not be able to keep the ceramic tile you have right now. The wall tile will need to go all the way to the floor and right now it only goes to the top of the tub. Trying to tie old with new is difficult and often doesn't look good.

You have to gut the whole area where the tub is now, down to the floor and wall studs. If you are on a slab, the slab will have to be chiseled out where the shower pan is going to go. If you have floor joists, the joists will need to be cut and removed under the new shower area, a box frame around the new shower and then new dropped joists about 2.75" below the current joists. This will put the top of the mud bed level with the floor. This will yield a curbless shower.

I would actually recommend removing all the joists and replacing them with joists cut to give the bathroom floor a 1/8" per foot slope to the shower drain, so that any water on the floor anywhere in the bathroom will flow to the shower drain. Within the shower itself, you need the 1/4" per foot slope.

Re: handicapped shower

A true HC shower is a minimum 5 foot diameter.

The next hurdle is sloping the floor and still maintaining proper joist deflection.

The next hurdle is properly waterproofing the entire area, including outside the shower area

I suggest you head on over to the John Bridge Tile Forum to get answers for your specific project, post pics, and start your own thread. In reverse order.

Re: handicapped shower

I agree with Dj1, I’ll first check with the building department to find out restrictions and measurements.

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