Whether removing a shower from a doublewide because of damage or as part of a bathroom remodel, the task can appear intimidating. Taking a shower out of a doublewide mobile home is similar to removing one from a traditional home. With prior planning and the correct tools, the task can be completed by a handy homeowner.
1. Turn off Water
Shut off the water in the doublewide mobile home. If there are no shutoff valves behind the shower, check under the bathroom sink as hot and cold water lines that feed the shower faucet are often located there. If no valves can be found, turn off the water at the main water valve feeding the doublewide.
2. Cut the Drain
To remove the shower from the doublewide, you'll first need to cut the drain line that leads to the shower. Unfortunately, this requires crawling underneath the mobile home, so be prepared to get dirty. Find the shower drain and then cut the pipe just below the shower fitting, using a reciprocating saw or a hacksaw. If there is not enough room underneath the shower to cut just below the fitting and it is necessary to cut the pipe before it reaches the drain trap, plug or cap the pipe to prevent sewer gas from leaking through.
3. Disconnect Water Lines
The water lines and shower faucet in a doublewide are generally accessible through an acess panel in a bedroom closet behind the shower. The panel is usually held on by screws which will need to be removed. Unscrew the waterline connections from behind the faucet and then remove the faucet. Older faucets can be removed from the back of the shower by unscrewing the nuts from the hot and cold nipples. Alternatively, newer faucets tend to be fastened with a trim plate and screws. If the connections are soldered or crimped to the faucet, cut the pipes, using a tubing cutter and then remove the faucet. If the water needs to be turned back on, cap the pipes. A push-fit cap can be used on a variety of piping material, including copper and PEX, and requires no soldering or crimping. Remove the showerhead, using an adjustable wrench. After taking off the showerhead, turn the showerhead arm by hand or with a pipe wrench to remove it from the wall fitting.
4. Remove Shower Surround
The shower in a doublewide is generally held to the wall with plastic rivets. Cut off the rivet head, using a utility knife. Alternatively, drill out the rivets. Use a utility knife to cut the caulk around the edge of the shower surround and then pull the surround off the wall. Alternatively, for a shower surround is screwed to studs, cut and remove the drywall around the shower, using a utility knife or drywall saw. Locate screws or nails holding the shower surround to the studs. Remove the screws or nails and then pull out the shower. A one-piece shower can be removed in its entirety. For a shower with a separate surround and base, remove the surround and then lift or pry the base from the floor.
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