By Emily AndersonMore in Bathroom
Wood or concrete subfloor
PVC pipe cutters
Pre-sloped float sticks for sub-base
Dry pack concrete
Bucket or small wheelbarrow
Pre-sloped float sticks for base
Interlocking, continuous stringer
Tip: Installing a tile shower can be easier than you think and there are lots of luxurious options for design, tile, and hardware.
Choose location with wood or concrete subfloor.
Tip: Most common shower size is 3x5; minimum is 3x3.
To drain water into weep holes, install sub-base with pre-sloped float sticks under pan liner.
Tip: Weep holes are small holes connected to the drain. They allow water which has seeped though tile or grout to flow away into the drain.
Use pre-sloped float sticks above liner for ¼ inch fall per foot of base around drain.
Consider tile options: pebbled tile, tiles with lights, metal tiles.
Use interlocking, continuous stringer to level first row of tiles.
Tip: So underlayment will resist moisture, set tiles in thin set mortar.
Consider shower-head options: minimalist or industrial design, rain or waterfall water patterns.
Tip: If you have space, install several shower-heads.
Use back of plastic spoon to smooth caulk.
Tip: Seal caulk with waterproof sealer to minimize cleaning.
Offset plumbing towards door so hands won’t get wet when turning on faucet.