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 links. The … [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? What to do with the tub flange? To begin with, you can try reading the instructions for the backer … [Read more...] about Sealing the tub flange for tile
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 Hardibacker Cutting into wall framing Waterproofing LOTS of photos! Sometimes there's no good way around it. Building your … [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 … [Read more...] about Is Hardibacker and Durock cement board waterproof?
Shower leaks. The last thing anyone wants when they build a new shower. And yet I hear the following questions quite often: Is 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 … [Read more...] about No Waterproofing: Will this cause shower leaks?
TCNA tightens steam shower requirements 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 … [Read more...] about Kerdi no longer acceptable for tile steam showers
How tile uncoupling membranes work 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?" This post contains affiliate links. The site owner may earn a … [Read more...] about Why Schluter Ditra is so cool: Uncoupling membranes explained
6 Bad Remodeling Ideas for Tile Shower Construction Sheetrock in a shower and other bad ideas Sometimes it's nice to know what-not-to-do when remodeling a tile shower in your bathroom. Here's a list of just a few of those things: This post contains affiliate links. The site owner may earn a … [Read more...] about 6 Things NOT To Do When Building a Tile Shower
What to look for in proper tile shower construction 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? This post contains affiliate links. … [Read more...] about 5 signs your new tile shower will leak