How To Intall Shower Tray
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How To Intall Shower Tray

8/11/2011

How To Intall Shower Tray

Installation
Spread out the rubber membrane in the shower area. This membrane provides a layer of waterproof protection in case there is ever a grout leak or some other moisture problem. Extend the materials approximately 12 inches up the wall studs. When working with membrane, exercise extreme care not to rip the material. You may want to take off your shoes for this part of the project.

Secure the membrane by working from the bottom surface, smoothing up the material along the studs. Fasten the membrane with a large-head roofing nail. At the corners, fold the membranes and fasten with the nail penetrating through all layers of the material into the stud.

Cut an opening for the drain hole with your utility knife. Do not make the opening too wide. The purpose of the membrane is to route water to the drain hole. Now, put the drain plate in place and tighten up the bolts. Put some masking tape on top of the drain and screw it to the drain plate, but leave a 1¼-inch gap between the drain and the plate.

Take your level and mark a line around the rubber membrane. This will be the final height of the concrete you will pour. Dimensions commonly used are 2 1/2 to 3 inches with a slope of 1¼ inches leading to the center of the shower tray depending on local codes. To build the curb, attach a 2-by-6 plank across the exterior of the studs for the shower door and extend the rubber membrane up the 2-by-6. Secure the membrane with wide-head nails. Place a 2-by-4 board on the inside of the shower door studs and level with the 2-by-6. Secure the 2-by-4 to the studs.

Wear gloves, goggles and a safety mask for protection. Fit your drill with a whip bit and mix the concrete. The final texture should have a composition similar to a milkshake. Work quickly and mix the concrete evenly. Cover the rubber membrane with the concrete, as you pour use your mason's trowel to spread the concrete evenly across, the shower area.

Slope the concrete toward the drain. Pour concrete into the curb at as well. The final level of the concrete should be level even with the line you marked on the membrane. Tamp the wet concrete with your trowel. This action forces water to the top and assists the concrete to dry with an even finish. When you concrete is completely dry, install your tile or other material on your new concrete shower pan.



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