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# 205546 17-Nov-2016 13:59
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I have a built in shower with one of those old Kiwi stainless steel shower trays.  Has anyone removed one before?  I want to replace it with a fresstanding shower unit, and do so without causing too much damage around it.


My plan is to remove the liner, false wall on the one side and disconnect the drain under the house.  Does anyone know how these are actually stuck down to the floor?? 

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  # 1672805 17-Nov-2016 14:05
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Ours was held down by the gully trap nut and the trimming around the outer edge of the tray. No trouble at all to remove. We did however have all the wall linings off, which probably helped make it easy as the tray goes right to the framing. 

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  # 1672862 17-Nov-2016 14:41
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It pays to remove the trimming ... sometimes the trays were secured around the edge of the perimeter flange by gib-nails.



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  # 1672868 17-Nov-2016 14:49
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Great, will be pulling off the lining of the shower so should get a better view then.  I could technically remove some gib as well if required.  Will go under house and have a look too.  I guess I'll get a better look at the flange once the false wall on one side of the shower comes down.

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  # 1672887 17-Nov-2016 15:03
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Usually the tray comes out really easily, because they were built fairly solidly they didn't tend to be glued in, unlike acrylic and fibreglass ones. 


As the others say, take off all trim, undo the gully trap and drain/waste nut, then the tray itself should come out. 


If there is any lining above it like hardiglaze or similar the top edge of the tray will be behind the lining so water runs into the tray instead of behind it. That's partly why you'll have to take old lining off. 


Most new acrylic showers come with tray and wall liner, glass wall & door- depending on the combination you choose. 


It's always a good idea to reline the wall with aquagib before putting up any lining. It's like normal gib board but the paper coating on one side is treated so it won't rot if it gets damp/wet from minor leakage. Then your acrylic lining or wall tiles or whatever go over the aquagib. 


Don't go for a really cheap tray imported from somewhere - a lot of those have little or no upstand along the edges that goes against the wall, so your new lining doesn't overlap it enough to be water tight!!! You don't want that happening... water seeps, then sits on timber framing/floor/etc and rots them out!!!

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  # 1672945 17-Nov-2016 16:40
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Thanks, will keep all that in mind

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