Master Bathroom Shower Remodel

We planned and started our Master Bathroom Shower Tub remodeling in late July 2013 and we didn’t finish all the important stuff until December. We both work and we could only spend the weekends on our renovations. We’re really happy with how it came out.

We plan to remove the whole bathtub surrounds and make a corner bathtub with frameless sliding shower door from Dreamline. We was thinking about swing door also, but we decided sliding door was better. We also wanted to paint the tub since it’s Cast Iron and replace the shower valve with Symmons Duron Brush Nickle S-3602 set special order from Lowes. We got the ceramics 10×8 and marble tiles many years ago. We also want to change the window frame with granite.

This was the hard part, scary and no-return when we started. We use sledge hammer to break down the wall, but we had to remove the huge sliding door surround the tub.

Shower Door     Shower Door

remove shower door     remove shower door

remove the connection     remove shower door

remove rail     remove rail

remove support     remove support

remove support     remove support

windows removed     windows removed

remove valve     shower spout

remove valve     remove valve

ready     ready

Ready     Demolition

Demolition     Demolition

Demolition     Demolition

Rotten Wood     Damaged wood

Demolition     Demolition

Now we need to get 2×4 to replace the damaged woods supports.

Since the wall is out, we could start soldering our new Symmons Duron S-3602 shower valve to the wall. We select this valve because the water diverter is at the valve and not at the spout. This valve requires soldering onto the valve itself and not threaded as majority of valves. We have to measure the height and depth correctly then solder both hot and cold pipes to valves. They do recommend to remove the plastic and rubber components inside the valve before applying the heat to solder the pipes, but we didn’t want to break anything by removing the components inside.

Symmons Duron S-3602     Symmons Duron

Symmons Duron     diverter valve

Measure and cut     Measure and cut

Need to use the fire retardant blanket for soldering at the wooden post and wall.

solder pipe     solder valve to pipe

When the soldering was done, we did test the valve to see if it works and there’s no leaks at the solder joints. Everything works with the water turned on, then we proceed with our wall preparation.

We cut out some granite backsplash from a local granite store for the window frame. Since the support 2×4’s were shot by the water for so many years, we had to retrofit with new ones.

new 2x3's     new 2x3's

We use liquid nail to glue the granite in place with the wood.

liquid nails     granite and wood

granite and wood     granite and wood

granite and wood     granite and wood

Prepare backer boards for ceramics and tub surround for Marble tiles.

prepare walls prepare walls

prepare walls prepare walls

prepare walls mark holes

prepare walls prepare walls

prepare walls prepare walls

prepare walls prepare walls

Apply Texture to walls

After getting all the local quotes for sliding shower door for our new corner bathtub all range $1700-2000 custom for the CORNER, we decided to look for alternative. There are already made tub doors, some are swinging and some are sliding. Swing doors seem to be cheaper but the door is not retractable, we decided to go with sliding door. The chance we have to take is to see how strong and sturdy the door frame mounted since it’s only held in by 1 side of the door. The one we chosen seems to fit the criteria since it has a bar holding the stationary glass in place. It’s also the first time we buy something this heavy online. For $587 for the whole set with 3/8″ thick glass and shelves, we thought it was a great deal if it works and it did. The package was delivered on a crate and everything is perfectly packed.

mirage     fixed door

Measure and cut sliding rail, make sure to include the mounting hardware thickness for perfect fit. Cut and grind. Mark the holes for drilling.

Sliding Rail     Sliding Rail

align rail     Measure and cut

marked holes     Rail cut

align rail     use tape

The holes to drill has a wooden post behind it, so we don’t use the anchors, just stainless long wooden screws with washer, we do use silicon for the holes and screws and the back plate. Before we put the rail in, we have to put some padding on the bottom of the rail because the tub is not really straight and it creates a gap between the rail and the tub. After the padding, we put plenty of liquid nail between the rail bottom and the tub to secure the rail in place.

The base     gap

silicon nail     silicon nail

Before gluing the rail onto the tub, make sure the rollers are installed first.

Rollers     rail glued

While the silicon nail is still wet, the best is to mount the stationary glass to put the weight down onto the rail for better adhesion. We need 2 people to lift the glass and mark the holes to drill. Must use the leveler to check for the vertical alignment.

glass in slot     mark hole

Make sure to put some nylon washers came with the hardware between the glass and the hardware.

Mounted glass     Mounted glass

Now, put some nylon wedges supplied between the glass and the rail slot from the inside of the tub. Install the hardware for the sliding door.

nylon wedge     sliding door hardware

Measure and drill the hole for the fixed bar to hold the glass door in place.

secure bar     drill hole

fixed bar     fixed bar

Find the spot for the glass shelves     place the screw anchor with silicon for water seal

Now we can slide the sliding door in. We must use a stopper for the inside and the outside of the sliding door. The inside came with the stopper, the outside must be used with one of the nylon tube came with the package, cut about 6-8″ and press it against the outside rail in the sliding roller slot. See the video. Without the outside stopper, the glass will go all the way out and fall off the TOP!!!!!

Replace Tub Drain Stopper and Overflow Cap

paint tub

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