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How to install a shower stall step by step

Renovation tips

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How to install a shower stall step by step

Renovation tipsInterior renovationsHow to install a shower stall step by step

Ready-made shower stall kits can be purchased, and these include the shower tray, panels, doors, profiles, faucets, drainage system and mounting screws. This article has for purpose to explain how to install a shower stall sold as a kit.

Should you experience any difficulties, contact a plumber who will be more than capable of answering your questions regarding the required installation steps. It is always advisable to get help in order for the project to be carried out easily.

Adhere to the following guidelines if you have hot and cold water inlets of 10/12 mm in diameter and a PVC evacuation tube of 40 mm in diameter.

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8 Steps to Installing a Shower Stall

1) Fit Shower Tray 

First and foremost, carefully open the shower installation kit, ensuring that no parts are lost in the process. According to the instructions, check that all the parts are included and in good condition. Before proceeding, close the shut-off valve in your home to avoid flooding your bathroom and carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions.

Place the tray in the desired location and use a level to ensure that it is sitting perfectly flat. Confirm that the tray is level on two perpendicular sides by placing the level on the tray’s edge. If the floor is not horizontal, the shower tray risers must be screwed or unscrewed to ensure that it sits evenly on the floor. The position of the risers can then be locked in place with an open-end wrench.

2) Install Drain

Tilt the tray on its side to make it easier to position the drain. Then, set the drain with its gasket maker under the shower tray and hold it in place while fitting the screw nut. The nut should be hand-tightened first, then tightened with the plastic wrench included in the kit. Now, connect the drain outlet to the PVC drain pipe.

3) Mount Shower Panels

The shower stall panels are connected both to one another and to the shower tray with screws. Now, the first step is to secure the panels to one another, and should you want to make extra sure that the panels are perpendicular, use a carpenter’s square. Ideally, use 5 screws per joint. Note that is it best to use a screwdriver for such a process.

To seal the shower, you will need to install gasket makers between the shower panels and the edge of the shower tray. You can glue them on the shower tray itself or under the panels. The protruding gasket pieces can be cut with an X-ACTO knife.

Pro tip: Use a cloth soaked in methylated spirits on surfaces where you plan to seal your joints to ensure that they adhere properly. Next, you will need the help of another person to mount the panels to the shower tray, and then screw them in place with 3 or 4 screws on each side.

4) Install Shower Door

For this very purpose, the shower door supplied in the installation kit usually has pre-drilled holes. First, you will have to fix the frame profiles on the edges of the panels. Note that the fixing screws are supplemented with plastic protective washers designed to conceal the screw heads for a more aesthetic result. Then, add the horizontal profiles, fixing the bottom one first.

If you want to install fixed glass panels, now is the time to mount them. This procedure may differ based on the type of door you wish to have put in, therefore, carefully read and follow the manufacturer's instructions. If the door is properly installed, there should be no gaps or sealing issues when it is closed. It should also open and shut easily.

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5) Install Shower Faucet

The provided shower stall has factory-made holes in order to install the faucet and the handheld shower.

6) Install Mixer

Take hold of the mixer along with its rosettes, fittings, and rubber gasket makers. Then, position the faucet by fitting the threading into the holes. Secure it from the other side of the panel whilst another person holds it in place. For each thread, fit the flat gasket maker, then the metal ring and screw nut, and tighten it with a wrench.

7) Install Handheld Shower Holder

Start by positioning the adjustable showerhead bracket around the pipe, positioning the fasteners at each end and placing everything in the desired location. Then, screw the bracket to the shower wall. Depending on the model, you can either screw it in from inside or outside. Next, connect the flexible shower hose to the faucet.

8) Reconnect

Position the stall in its preferred location leaving roughly 40 cm of clearance from the wall to allow access to the drain pipe. You can then connect the mixer to your water supply with stainless steel braided hoses. To ensure that the connections are properly sealed, you should wrap the threads with Teflon tape: 8 turns should do the trick. The hoses can then be screwed on by hand and tightened with a wrench.

For the drain connection, start by scrubbing clean the outside of the hose and the inside of the upper drain with alcohol. Then, apply PVC glue on these two surfaces to then connect them. Wait for the glue to dry before running water to check for leaks around the fittings.

Once you have made sure that the installation is airtight, position the stall and secure it to the wall with plastic fasteners, which are normally included in the installation kit. Your shower stall is now all set!

Do you need some advice to choose the right size for your new shower? Read our article Showers: how to choose the right size.

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Step by Step Recap 

Steps to follow Instructions

1) Fit the tray

  • Close the shut-off valve
  • Level the tray horizontally

2) Install the drain

  • Tilt the tray to the side
  • Position the drain with the gasket maker underneath the tray, and then hold it in place by fitting the screw nut over it (the nut should be screwed in by hand and tightened with the provided plastic wrench)
  • Connect the drain outlet to the PVC drain hose

3) Mount panels

  • Mount the panels to one another
  • Fit the gasket makers between the shower panels and the edge of the shower tray
  • Use a rag soaked in methylated spirits on the to-be sealed surfaces

4)Set shower door

  • Secure the frame profiles to the side panelling
  • Secure the horizontal frame profiles, starting with the bottom rack
  • Install fixed glass panels (if any)

5) Install shower faucet

  • Use the factory-made holes to install the faucet and the handheld shower

6) Install mixer

  • Take hold of the mixer along with its rosettes, fittings and rubber gasket makers
  • Position the faucet by fitting the threading into the holes, and secure it from the other side of the panel whilst another person holds it in place
  • For each thread, fit the flat gasket maker, then the metal ring and screw nut

7) Install handheld shower holder

  • Position the adjustable showerhead bracket around the pipe
  • Position the fasteners at each end and place everything in the desired location
  • Screw the bracket to the shower wall
  • Connect the flexible shower hose to the faucet

8) Reconnect

  • Position the stall in its location (leaving roughly 40 cm of clearance from the wall)
  • Connect the mixer to your water supply with stainless steel braided hoses
  • Wrap threads with Teflon tape (about 8 turns)
  • Screw the hoses by hand and tighten with an open-end wrench
  • Scrub clean the outside of the hose and the inside of the upper drain with alcohol before reconnecting to drain
  • Apply PVC glue on these two surfaces to then connect them
  • Wait for the glue to dry before running water to check for leaks around the fittings
  • Position the stall and secure it to the wall with plastic fasteners


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Shade fabric If your pergola is fitted with a PVC or fabric shade, note that it’s pretty resilient, and thus can be cleaned just as you would the rest of the structure, meaning with water and soft soap. Use a sturdy ladder and a broom or a long-handled brush. Allow it to dry properly to prevent mould stains. Blades To clean the blades, flatten them out and use a pressure washer to remove dirt stains. You can also lubricate the joints to maintain their smooth motions all summer long. Last but not least, besides the odd spot checks for breaks, open the blades after every rainfall to avoid water build-up. Also, note that once you've used it for the last time, you should lock the blades in a vertical position to prevent snow from damaging them.

6 min read 14 Dec 2022

Chromalox: Top-Notch Heating Systems

Are you looking for an electric heating system, but aren't sure which brand to turn to? Well, look no further, Chromalox is the answer! With over 100 years of expertise, Chromalox is a full-service technology-based company that provides a complete line of electric heaters to customers worldwide. Read on to find out everything there's to know about its various heating systems, their prices, and features. About Chromalox Source: Wikimedia Chromalox is a technology-based company that specializes in the manufacturing of heating and electric monitoring systems. This internationally recognized company designs innovative thermal technologies for industrial heating, thus providing superior results to the great satisfaction of its many clients. Chromalox offers a wide range of heat-producing products. The company strives to find solutions tailored to all problems, even the most complex and challenging. Whether it's maintaining operational temperature, heating long pipes, heating foundations, melting snow/ice, or protecting pipes, valves and equipment from freezing, these units are designed to ensure precise temperature control. It offers quality and durable products. Chromalox Heating Systems Over the years, a range of Chromalox heating systems have been designed, all of which are equally effective: Thermal fluid and air heating systems, and a whole line of electric boilers; there are various products. The most common Chromalox units are oil and gas heating systems, petrochemical processes and industrial gas (oxygen and chlorine), but there are more. Pipe heaters: Chomalox has a wide range of cables, systems, and other products to monitor and gauge heating designed for industrial and commercial use. Here, products aren’t chosen at random: they depend on the desired use. Is it for a building? A concrete foundation? Snow or ice? Or to protect plumbing pipes? Heating equipment: Units can reach temperatures of up to 1095°C. The Inconel 600 plate works efficiently at very high temperatures. Chromalox has high-quality heating elements that can be adapted according to needs. Few Examples of Chromalox Heating Systems Source: Canva Chromalox hot water electric boilers and premounted steam boilers are excellent sources of heat. They produce high-pressure steam or hot water, ​​both for space heating units and for industrial and commercial processes. These boilers are used wherever steam is needed and electricity is available. There's no issue here of burning fuel, as is customary. The output is produced by heat transfer at constant pressure. Heating system boilers are easy to install because they’re pre-engineered units operating at normal voltages. 2500 W Eclipse Chromalox convector: This electric baseboard heater is capable of heating up to 40% faster than a conventional baseboard heater. It's designed to increase comfort by allowing air to flow as quickly and as far as possible into the room. It has built-in overheat protection and is made of 20 gauge steel before being coated with scratch-resistant polyester epoxy. It runs about $104.99. Usually, you’ll need 10 watts per square foot when using electric heat, but this rule can vary depending on many factors, such as the number of windows and their sizes, the quality of the insulation, etc. Industrial heat trace cables or “thermwire”: These cables are designed to help prevent significant damage to gutters, cables, roofs, and downspouts, as well as HVAC compressors. HVAC pipes or compressors may be exposed to very low (near freezing) temperatures or melting snow, which can seep under the roof and freeze again, thus causing gutters and downspouts to lift, shift, or break. "Thermwire" trace cables prevent this inconvenience from happening. Electric radiant heater: Used for many purposes (paper and cardboard, textiles and fabrics, or non-woven metals). Operates at higher temperatures than metal plate units to help increase the processing speed of certain systems. Processed radiant heaters are ideal for situations requiring immediate operating temperature and/or reduced heat during non-working hours. The electric radiant heater has a minimum output of 350W and a maximum output of 36,000W. Industrial convectors: These are versatile electric heating systems that use natural convection forces for heat transfer. Industrial convectors don't require a fan or motor and are almost noiseless while in operation. Furthermore, they don't need much maintenance. This type of heating system is generally used in small spaces but can also heat larger spaces if combined with other heating systems. Industrial trace connection kits: These consist of all the necessary components to connect to supply T-splices or strand splices, to seal the ends and ensure water resistance. These kits protect pipes and tanks from freezing, support roof and gutter de-icing, protect fire sprinkler pipes from freezing, accelerate the melting of buried snow, prevent frost heave, and maintain the temperature of hot water and floor heating systems. The connection kits and accesses are suitable for both ordinary and hazardous areas. Also, they're straightforward and easy to install, and they operate reliably and safely. Heat trace controls: These are used in both regular and hazardous areas. Chromalox control and distribution systems provide temperature control, monitoring, and energy management. The powerful IntelliTRACE and weatherTRACE control software can be easily installed on a desktop computer and address your every heat tracing need. Hot oil and process liquid vaporizers: These are built to transfer thermal energy at fast speeds. They're used in all industries that require high operating temperatures and low operating pressures as part of the manufacturing process. The system units vary from 15 kW to 300 kW and can be ASME (American) or PED (Europe) pressure certified. Tube bundle and instrument enclosures: These are typically used to protect viscous materials from freezing, and to avoid gas condensation. They maintain temperatures and protect instrument samplings as well as impulse lines. These tube bundles provide safe and reliable heat trace systems to ensure the absence of ice buildup in the drain lines. They're manufactured with quality, durable materials that meet industry standards; stainless steel, copper, high alloy steel, and fluoropolymer tubing are available. Are you looking for experts for your heating project? Fill in this form to be connected with top-rated contractors! Advantages of Chromalox Heating Units Chromalox heaters are the result of years of innovation and development. Electric heaters are an ideal solution to control overheating, as their power is immediately available and can be thoroughly controlled to meet real-time needs. The use of such heating units emits nothing environmentally toxic. And, as a bonus, Chromalox heating systems feature a variety of undeniable assets: In-house manufacturing of parts ensures a more efficient and much less cumbersome design. Welding, pressure testing, and certification are performed according to ASME standards. Chromalox power supply control can be fitted to the control skids together with the heater. This results in a complete set. Engineering tools include AutoCad 3D, SOLIDWORKS, and PV Elite.

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