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Arcylic shower base installed backwards

I am in the middle of a major bathroom install and have installed a 32 x 40 Uberhauss Shower base. I have glued in the drain, cement board and tiled the walls and tiled the floor. I am about to install the glass sides and realized the plumber (with me helping) installed the shower base facing the wrong way. The water flange that should be under the door is under the tile, and the flange that is under the door is 5/8" too high. I can't be the first person to do this - can I? Thoughts - can a belt sander be used to lower the lip to the correct height? Any other solutions?

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If it were mine... I'd kick myself several times (yeah, I've done stuff like that), then bring in a 4" angle grinder with a cutoff wheel. That would cut the flange MUCH faster - and generate far fewer sparks - than a belt sander. Work really carefully, though, and maintain really close control so the angle grinder absolutely stays level while you work. In fact, this would be a good spot to make up a special little jig to keep the angle grinder level and supported at one uniform height all the way across the door.

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There are two ways that I would do it depending on the width of the ledge on top of shower base. If you have enouch room I would shim studs with strips of material thick enough to bring the surface out even with flange on shower base. Then I would put cement board(wonder board) on wall and over shower flange to set on top of shower base. Finish seams on wall board per manufacturers directions,Let seam filler dry then seal with thompsons water seal or equivalent sealer. Let that dry then tile on that grouting and sealing with quality caulk at joint between shower base and tile.
If ledge on shower base is not wide enough then I would place cement board directly to studs then use filler strips on face of shower base flange to bring two surfaces flush. Water seal let dry and tile again coming down over top of shower. Grout and caulk to finish. P.S. I would use a siliconized latex emulsifier to mix in with grout. It gives a better ware proof seal. Hope this helps you. Good luck and thank you.

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