In this article, we will tell you how you can build up a walk-in shower from scratch totally hassle-free. It will require you very less work to do and you will be guided through the whole procedure to avoid any mishappening that could occur.
A lot of articles are present on the internet but we assure you that this article will deliver the best way on how to build a shower base for a walk-in shower.
Let’s Get started with what actually is a walk-in shower.
A walk-in shower is a personal space of an independent unit to which a bathtub is not attached.
We will explain to you with a step by step tutorial on how to build a walk-in shower base, all the steps are mentioned below.
How To Build A Shower Base For Walk In Shower
Step 1 – Get Started With Appropriate Shower Equipment
You can build your walk-in shower with the help of two different shower kits which are necessary for the process, the first kit is called shower kit, which contains the following items:
- A shower head
- A shower arm
- A hand-held showerhead
In some cases, there are many more items in shower kits like soap dishes, corner beads, and shower walls, etc. The second kit required for here is shower tray. This system is used to calibrate your shower floors to install them and it contains a lot of things, they are mentioned below.
- A Sloping shower tray
- An optional Curb
- Adhesive (sealants and screws)
- A shower drain
- Water-Proofing materials
There are two most popular shower floor kits available in the market namely Wedi Fundo and KBRS. People who prefer the Ligno enjoy wall panel’s easy installation, whereas people who choose KBRS are tended to enjoy the comprehensive bundling it offers. This includes sealant and other components which include waterproof fabric
Step 2 – Arrange Necessary Tools and Supplies
A lot of hefty and different kind of work is required to perform so you will surely need a lot of tools to execute this task. Keep in mind that you will be installing a walk-in shower that requires drilling, cutting, pasting, drying, etc, etc.
Make sure you have all of this handy to be able to work seamlessly and make sure to check the whole floor unit for leakages and fix them if found any.
The following items you will be using to install for making a walk-in shower:
- A palette knife to layout your thin-set
- A paintbrush and roller to implement your liquid waterproofing
- A trowel (comes in KBRS Shower Slope kits)
- A caulking/sealant gun for your adhesive
- Screws to fix the shower parts in their position
- A can of purple primer for drain
- A hammer to knock wooden pieces
- A caliber/utility knife to craft cement board
- A spirit level to maintain flat surfaces
- A chalk/marker cut straight lines
- A pair of scissors to craft waterproof fiber mesh fleece
- A tape measure to ensure the exact size
- A reciprocating saw which moves back and forth
- An angle grinder for mini sections
- A power drill with spade bits and screw bits
- A circular saw bulk cutting
- A hole cutter for the drain (optional)
Some of the other shower installing equipment required is:
- Sand mix to block gaps in the drain
- Shower tiles of your choice
- Thin-set mortar for the tiles/shower tray/ drain
Step 3 – Keep a check on the Shower Floor
The Ligno shower system requires you to sink the tray into the shower floor. If you also face the same situation, then you are supposed to cut a hole in the shower floor.
This floor is made from OSD (Oriented Strand Board). Craft a perfect required square size that is appropriate for your shower tray, then you are supposed to create a platform.
To do this, Inspect your floor and remove any floor bumps or nails and then screw plywood on the top to create a base.
Slip the OSD sub-floor back in its place and then cut a hole in your drain. In case you are Using KBRS, it is not necessary to have your tray lower than the shower floor, so you can skip the previous step and direct forward to cutting a hole.
Apply primer on the drain parts. It makes fusion better. Add sealant around the drain, then push the drain into place. Tighten the nut and you are good to go after pressing it for few minutes till sealant dries.
Step 4 – Apply A Layer Of Thin-Set
Clean Your floor carefully and properly. Use a knife to spread an even layer of thin-set onto sub-floor, then bail it. Collect the extra thin-set which gets spilled on the floor and then try to minimize the uneven floor of air pockets. Install your shower walls now.
While using a Ligno, your shower tray will have channels on it, slip the panels and put them into place and put pressure on them and while using KBRS, use a drill to screw panels into their respective places.
Step 5 – Make Arrangement For Your Shower Curb
KBRS showers come with a convenient self-sealing curb, cut out curb for the exact fitting size. Use a caulking gun to apply sealant on the shower-facing side of the curb. On the bottom side, apply thin-set to glue it to the floor. Make sure there are no leakages. Let it dry and after that remove all excess sealant and fix slopes, if found any.
If you decide to install a shower curb, buy the right kind. KBRS is ideal because it’s effective against rotting and is crafted of two materials. Its closed-cell technology means it ‘wraps’ itself around screws and shower doors, instantly filling gaps that could let water sweep.
Step 6. Paint On The Waterproofing Materials
You can use either cement tape to waterproof your corners or use the fiber mesh included in your KBRS kit. Use a paintbrush, apply a coat of liquid waterproofing everywhere, joint, corner, put tape on top of the gel, then paint another layer on top to hold the fabric.
Let the Liquid dry for an hour. After it dries properly second coat. When it’s complete and let it dry, fill the shower floor with water and let it dry for more than an hour to test leakage, this procedure is called a flood test.
Make sure to fill all the gaps if any left,