Plumb & Install a Shower Base

Learn the key steps—how to set a solid base and run a trouble-free drain

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Miter saw
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Corded drill
  • Level
  • Framing square
  • Hacksaw
  • Hole saw kit
  • Knee pads
  • Jigsaw
  • Nut driver
  • Pipe wrench
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Safety glasses
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Soldering torch
  • Trowel

Tube cutter, Utility knife

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 2 x 4s
  • Mortar mix
  • 1/2-in. copper or CPVC supply lines
  • Transition couplings
  • 1-1/2-in. pipe and elbows for waste and vent
  • 2-in. x 1-1/2-in. reducer coupling
  • 1-1/2-in. P-trap
  • Shower base
  • 1/2-in. plywood
  • 2-in. screws
  • Washers
  • Shims