Installing a shower or tub/shower unit in your 3/4 or Full bathroom in your new finished basement? If you are then positioning and securing your new unit to the wall framing is a breeze if you know a few framing tricks.

Adding “flange nailers” to your existing basement framing so that the vertical front flanges of your unit have solid lumber behind them is key to making this project go smoothly.

It’s simple to do, just cut two 2″ x 4″‘s and insert them behind the shower’s nailing flange “flat-ways” (3 1/2″ wide) and split the difference by securing the 2″ x 4″ half behind the shower flange and half in front of the shower flange.This will give you solid 2″ x 4″ to fasten your shower flange to and also gives a good nailer for the edge of your drywall that will “butt” up against the edge of the shower.

Using 1 1/4″ drywall screws, screw through the flange into your nailers on both sides of your unit. also fasten through the flange along the top of the shower unit into the 2″ x 4″s that surround the 3 sides of the unit installing 1 screw in each available 2″ x 4″ for added strength.

If positioned and fastened correctly you tub/shower unit will never move from its final resting position and will stand the test of time! Adding a shower or tub/shower to your basement bathroom adds appreciable value to your home!

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