Flood testing a shower pan. I get several calls per year about showers that are leaking. Some of these showers are leaking after just a few years. Some, just a few weeks after they've been built. I estimate that those calls could probably be cut in half if this one simple step were done. … [Read more...] about Flood testing a shower pan: Why it’s done and how to do it
4 Shower Waterproofing systems for tile showers Waterproofing a shower. This seems like common sense, doesn’t it? Well, a lot of showers that are built these days still have no shower waterproofing whatsoever. Or they have poor or improper waterproofing. This post contains affiliate … [Read more...] about Shower Waterproofing Crash Course
That pesky tub flange. You have the tile backer board installed and everything is waterproofed. Everything except that gap between the backer board and the tub flange. How do you waterproof that? How to waterproof the tub flange? To begin with, you can try reading the instructions for … [Read more...] about Sealing the tub flange for tile: 3 methods
The Ultimate Guide to Building a Preformed Custom Recessed Shower Niche Part 4: Building a Custom Shower Niche from Scratch This post covers: Cement board, foam board, and HardibackerCutting into wall framing WaterproofingLOTS of photos! Sometimes there's no good way around it. … [Read more...] about Building a Custom Shower Niche from Scratch
Reader question: Hi there. I recently finished grouting my tile surround in my shower. I posted photos on Facebook and somebody questioned whether I had waterproofed the Hardiebacker 500 board. Much to my dismay, I had never even heard of this… Anyway, I went to the James Hardie website and see … [Read more...] about Is Hardibacker and Durock cement board waterproof?
A leaking shower. The last thing anyone wants when they build a new shower. Yet I hear the following questions quite often: Isn't cement board waterproof?The tile and grout will keep the most of the water out, right?My contractor didn't put any waterproofing in our shower. Will this cause a … [Read more...] about No Waterproofing: Will this cause shower leaks?
In 2013, the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), the organization that sets the guidelines for tile installations, is rumored to have made a modification to their specifications for constructing tile steam showers. It's all about perm ratings- and Schluter Kerdi fabric no longer cuts … [Read more...] about Kerdi no longer acceptable for tile steam showers
You've probably seen uncoupling membranes before. It's not unusual to see these orange waffle-y products on some DIY television shows. You may have even wondered "Do those things really work?" In my quest to keep up on tile installation products I took one of Schluter's training courses some … [Read more...] about Why Schluter Ditra is so cool: Uncoupling membranes explained
Drywall and other bad ways to build a shower Sometimes it's nice to know what not to do when remodeling a tile shower in your bathroom. Alternatively, it's nice to be able to monitor the progress on your own remodel and see if the tradespeople are doing things correctly. This post covers 6 … [Read more...] about 6 Things NOT To Do When Building a Tile Shower
You've hired someone to build your tile shower in your bathroom, but how do you know he or she's doing it correctly? How do you know that you won't have an upstairs shower leaking into your downstairs kitchen? Most homeowners don't know all the ins and outs of remodeling their bathrooms. Sadly, … [Read more...] about 5 signs your new tile shower will leak