How to Remove a Shower

Contractors know bathrooms and kitchens sell houses and they charge accordingly. if you have the time doing it yourself can save you thousands of dollars. It also gives you control over the quality of work being done and saves you the hassle of dealing with contractors. The demo is the easy part, so let’s get started.

Step 1 – Remove Door

This involves removing screws and cutting away any caulking with a razor knife until you get it out.

Step 2 – Remove Fixtures

Remove any fixtures connected to the enclosure. There is no need to shut off the water supply to do this because you’re not removing the shower’s water mixing valve.

Step 3 – Expose Flange

Remove about 1 1/2” of drywall to expose the shower flange, which is nailed to the studs. Remove the nails with a nail puller or cut them out with a multitool.

Step 4 – Remove Walls

To save the enclosure from being destroyed try lifting the walls up and off their hinges. This may require prying from the bottom and/or removing more drywall from the top.

Step 5 – Remove Drain

Removing the grate, unscrew the drain flange, and remove any caulking.

Step 6 – Remove Base

The shower pan may be locked in by the drywall. To save it, notch the drywall and slide it out. Otherwise you can cut it out with a reciprocating saw.

Step 7 – Cap Sewer Pipe

Cover the drain pipe to prevent sewer gas leakage.

Congratulations, you did it!

Watch me remove mine here:


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