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Thread: Can a 1 piece fiberglass shower enclosure be cut in two and repaired?

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    Default Can a 1 piece fiberglass shower enclosure be cut in two and repaired?

    Someone has given me a new one piece shower enclosure. It will not fit through the bathroom door, so I have come up with the idea of cutting the enclosure about 2 feet form the base to get it in the room. Then I figured I could install the enclosure leaving a small gap which I would then repair with fiberglass epoxy. To finish I would cover the area with marine striping to aid in sealing the area while adding visual effect. Is this plan feasible? Any other solutions or ideas?
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    Tom

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    it could be done fairly easy, but it will look like hell

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    You have to remove the door and or door casing to get it in the bathroom. I think this is one of them situations where free costs more than paid for.

    Tom

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    It might be cheaper, but definitely better looking, to make the doorway larger, at least until you get the shower installed.

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    You will never be able to repair the joint where you cut it.

    Those things are structural shells that depend on continuity of the fiberglass throughout. You would have to make a patch on both sides extending 4 to 6 inches away from the cut with a bulge of fiberglass layup on both surfaces.

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    I would opt to open up the doorway. It's much easier to patch drywall and you don't have to worry about the possibility of leaks in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob NH View Post
    You will never be able to repair the joint where you cut it.

    Those things are structural shells that depend on continuity of the fiberglass throughout. You would have to make a patch on both sides extending 4 to 6 inches away from the cut with a bulge of fiberglass layup on both surfaces.
    Yes, cutting that tub would be a very bad idea. If you have at least a 28" bathroom door and the tub measures 32", removing the door and casing would give you a little over 30" to do some pitch-and-yaw maneuvering through the opening without damage if you set aside plenty of time and work patiently and carefully. Including taking out a stairway and later putting it back, it took my son-in-law and me about 2 hours to get a 32" unit through a 30" opening and into my basement.

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