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Ask a plumber: Shower base replacement basics

The Tresham receptor with integral seat and Kelston shower trim.
The Tresham receptor with integral seat and Kelston shower trim. TNS

Q: I read with interest your recent article regarding installing a new pre-made shower base that can be finished with custom walls. We just moved into a home with an old shower that needs to be replaced, but we don’t know where to start. So, I have a few questions. Where can we look at shower bases? Who installs shower bases? What are nice shower base features to look into?

Jane, New England

A: Factory-made shower bases are available in different sizes and can be made with different materials. Installing a shower base with custom walls can give your shower a custom look without having to make a shower pan base from scratch.

To address your questions: You can usually find shower bases on display at plumbing supply houses and home centers with well-stocked kitchen and bath showrooms.

Speaking of kitchen and baths, I recommend calling a local licensed and insured kitchen and bath remodeling company, since remodeling a shower stall may include several trade contractors.

Finally, look at units that have concealed drains and built-in seats that can give your new shower base a custom look from the bottom up.

Master contractor and plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com.

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