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The Plumber: Shower base replacement basics

Ed Del Grande
Tribune News Service

Dear Ed: I read with interest your recent article regarding installing a new premade 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

Dear Jane: As I mentioned, 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/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com.