How do I remove an insert shower?

I would like to remove and replace with a tile shower

  3 answers
  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 06, 2019

    Turn off water supply valve.

    Remove shower door or curtain rod.

    Remove drain cover and/or basket with a screwdriver.

    Remove shower head and water controls.

    Remove towel racks, soap holders or other fixtures.

    use a hammer and pry bar to separate the enclosure from the wall and floor. If necessary, use a reciprocating saw to cut the enclosure into manageable pieces. Remove and scrape glue or chalk residue with metal scraper.

    Use a pry bar to loosen and remove the shower pan.

  • Seth Seth on Jan 06, 2019


    Your insert has a hidden flange, which is screwed into framing behind the shower. It's covered by wallboard and plaster most likely. The flange runs up the sides and along the top. Since you are going to tile and will need to put up cement backer board, don't worry too much about surface damage you might do now. Remove any caulking along the sides and top of the shower walls. If there is a corner at the edge of the insert side where it becomes finished wall, there may be a metal corner bead that was nailed or screwed and then plastered over. Starting close to the edge of the shower, gently hit the finished wall with a hammer to crack the plaster. You can use a chisel to help. You will discover where the flange is and now be able to follow it along the perimeter of the shower. Continue removing as much plaster and wall board as you need to to uncover the flange. Unscrew the flange or cut the nails with a reciprocating saw. if you have an oscillating tool or small circular saw, you can use that to cut around the flange. Go to the website of any shower insert manufacturer and look at the installation instructions of any model. You will see what I mean by the flange if you are not sure.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jan 06, 2019

    There held on with caulk in pieces look for the seams and brake seal with a razor blade then pull it

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