How to Build a Shower Basin
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How to Build a Shower Basin

9/4/2011

How to Build a Shower Basin

Installing your own shower basin allows you to save time and money and add a decorative touch to your bathroom. Shower basins wear out over time and need to be redone and not simply repaired. Knowing how to make simple repairs to your home will help with the overall care of your home, and can increase its lifespan. The steps below will help you to build a basic inexpensive shower basin for your bathroom.

1 Begin by clearing out all items from the bathroom, placing your tools close at hand. Tear out the linoleum and particleboard; Shower Tray remove any nails or tacks in the flooring. Check to be sure that the flooring underneath is in good shape and does not need any repair. Remove the old drain, and replace it with a new one.

2 Clean and smooth the surface of the wood floor by lightly sanding the area. Using a wet cloth, clean the area thoroughly. Pour a thin layer of concrete creating a new slope for the water to flow down. This slope needs to be a quarter inch per foot. This layer of the basin will be a quarter inch to 1 inch in height with the thinner level being closer to the drain.

3 Lay down a layer of roofing paper or a similar material to protect the basin's membrane from being damaged by the concrete. Using marine glue, attach the membrane to the surrounding walls 6 inches high; make sure to lay it over the threshold. You will need to cut the membrane at each corner to help it adhere correctly.

4 Place chicken wire around the drain hole and the edges of your shower, adding pea-sized pebbles around the drain to keep concrete out of the drain. Pour 2/3 inch of concrete over the basin membrane with a ½-inch gap around the edges; use thinset to seal off these edges.

5 Place the pvc shower pan liner or new tile into the shower basin, and attach with marine glue. Wait at least 24 hours, and then test the shower basin by stopping the drain and filling it with water. If no leaks are found, you can now install any decorative tile or linoleum around the shower.



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