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Replace a tub with a shower

A popular retrofit for a bathroom makeover is replacing a bathtub with a standalone shower. If, like many homeowners, you use a tub primarily for showering, why not make it easier and safer with a unit designed to replace a tub and that has a low step-over threshold?

The Sterling Ensemble shower receptor is a base that fits into a standard 5-foot bath alcove space, and it comes in both left and right drain configurations. The receptor measures 60 inches by 30 inches, and installs directly into a wall stud pocket at the subfloor. To prevent pooling water, it is molded with a slight draft toward the drain. To complete the project, install tile or a solid surface on the three surrounding walls to create a comfortable walk-in shower.

A plumber will charge $950 to remove the old bathtub and fixtures and install a new receptor and wall surfaces. The cost will be more if you can't reuse the old fixtures and need new ones. If you have experience with carpentry and plumbing projects, you can dismantle and remove the old bathtub and fixtures, and buy the receptor and wall surround kit for $500 and install it. You'll find them at bath and home centers.

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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved

$950 -- $500 -- 7.2 -- 15.0 -- $450 -- 47 Percent

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