On Dec. 12th I am having surgery on my leg and I will not be able to get
into the bathtub to take a shower. actually I haven't taken a shower in
years because of my arthritis. I live in A duplex owned by my daughter
and would like to have some idea it this is major work that will cost alot
of money. The shower is already there, I just don't know about the rest.
I live in The Colony, Texas by Dallas . What should I do? I'm new here
and have no idea what I need - s plumber? or really just someone I trust
or could my daughter and her husband possibly do this them selves. It's a
very small bathroom. THank You, Sharon Hallman
For your own safety, please don't use your real first/last name or tell
exactly where you live.
Your question is a little confusing, but if you don't own the duplex
you should not do major remodeling on it. Your landlord (your daughter)
should be able to do the work or arrange for the work to be done for
you. It can be a job converting showers to bathtubs or vice-versa and
it's not a job for you. I am also concerned that a 'plumber' might take
advantage of you. Please discuss your needs frankly with your daughter
and son-in-law and see what they have to say about it.
This is a fairly large project. Bathtubs, if older, are usually made
from ultra heavy cast iron which is a pretty big chore to remove.
Putting in a shower stall is pretty straight forward if you buy a
pre-assembled white fiberglass unit. If a 36" or 32" square doesn't
fit though, you're gonna have to build a custom shower stall with tile,
plastic, mortar and a LOT of time.
These things are all something a very determined do-it-yourselfer could
accomplish, but you are renting after all, and such things as bathroom
remodels are usually in the interest of the landlord as they increase
the amount they can rent the place for in the future.
I really don't understand why you want to take out the tub and put in a
shower stall though. You mentioned arthritis, but I thought submersing
oneself in warm water was soothing for such a condition.
Correct me where I went wrong.
Would something like one of these help?
If so, google < bathtub "walk in" > and take your pick or look for
Or, it could be something as simple as the installation of a couple of
grab bars to help you navigate, plus a wall-mounted hand held "shower"
Please don't think that you have a medical condition is some kind of
special consideration. In my experience, I had a tenant on a respirator
with an electrical problem. The estimator (who charged me $340 for his
estimate and quoted me $1000 for a $100 part) considered the medical
circumstances a form of extortion or leverage and actually told me "You
must hire me to do this job for $2000 - $3000 because the tenant is on
a respirator." This was a 2 - 3 hr job. He took 5 hours to give me an
estimate and did nothing for me.
Try grab bars.
How difficult it might be may depend on if its a wood floor over a
basement or crawl space , or a concrete slab.
I would try to get a plumbers quote for the installation of a shower
stall in place of the tub.
Its a handyman job if the plumbing drain pipe is accessible from under
the floor .
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