Project Guide

How To Install a Shower Pan

1
TEST-FIT THE SHOWER PAN
Test-fit shower pan - Install Shower Pan
  • Make sure the floor is level and clean. 
  • Test-fit the shower pan to confirm the drain opening fits over the drain in the floor.
2
ATTACH THE FLANGE TO THE DRAIN PIPE
Attach flange drain pipe - Install Shower Pan
  • Test-fit the drain flange, or outer lip, to ensure it fits flush with the shower base. 
  • If necessary, add extension to the drain pipe. 
  • Apply primer and cement to the flange and drain pipe, and attach them to the drain in the floor. 
  • Allow cement to dry according to the manufacturer’s directions.
3
ATTACH GASKETS AND SET THE BASE
Attach gaskets set the base - Install Shower Pan
  • Place gaskets on drain flange so they sit between the flange and the bottom of the shower pan. 
  • Set the base in place over the drain.
4
CAULK AND SEAL THE DRAIN BODY
Caulk and set drain body - Install Shower Pan
  • Caulk the drain flange with silicone. 
  • Line up holes in the drain body with the screw holes in the flange body. 
  • Press the drain body firmly into place and attach the drain screen with the screws that came with the assembly.
5
PRE-DRILL HOLES THROUGH THE SHOWER BASE RIM
Pre-drill holes shower base rim - Install Shower Pan
  • Check the rim of the base to be sure it is level. 
  • Mark the center of each stud on the rim. 
  • Pre-drill a hole through the rim at each mark. 
  • Nail the pan to the wall stud with rustproof galvanized nails and shim as necessary to keep the shower base square. 
  • Test the pan and drain connection for leaks and get an inspection if required. 
  • Install the walls for your shower (see Installing Shower Walls Direct-to-Stud or Installing Shower Walls Glue-Up