How to Frame a Shower Stall that is Structurally Sound and Won’t Lead to Leaks
By Mark J. Donovan
|Custom ceramic tile showers have become the rage with homeowners in recent years. It seems everyone is looking to convert their ordinary shower stall into a private waterfall sanctuary. Part of any custom ceramic tile shower project includes building a shower stall frame structure that can support the mortar shower pan and concrete backer board. If a shower stall is not framed correctly the mortar shower pan may not be installed properly and the shower plumbing fixtures could end up eventually being inadvertently pulled out of the shower walls.
This said, building a shower stall is easy to do if you possess some basic carpentry knowledge. Over the years I have framed many shower stalls.
Building a shower stall for a custom ceramic tile shower basically involves standard framing techniques. The use of 2×4 and/or 2×6 lumber is typically used to build a shower stall. As with most residential framing, 2×4 vertical wall studs should be placed on 16 inch centers when building a shower stall. The 2×4 wall studs should be fastened to top and bottom 2×4 plates.
Also, if shower handles or shower head sliding bars are to be installed it is important to include blocking in these areas as well.
Make sure that the blocking is installed slightly recessed back so that the fixtures do not protrude out beyond the 2×4 wall studs.
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