How to Build a Shower Pan on a Concrete Floor

Bathroom is one of important part for house. Despite of how important the bathroom is, sometimes we need a bathroom that not only just to wash but also has good design or anything. Bathroom also cannot be separated with shower pan especially when you make a shower box in your bathroom where it placed on the tile of the bathroom or shower box.

Shower pan is really important for your shower box to catch the water and bring it down to the drain. But, how can we make a shower pan by ourselves in our bathroom especially on a concrete floor? This article will tell you about how to build a shower pan on a concrete floor.

How to Build a Shower Pan on a Concrete Floor: Materials & Tools

Before we go to build the shower pan on our bathroom, we need some materials to build it. These are the material that we need to build a shower pan by yourself:

  • Concrete (you can also use ceramic floor mix)
  • Duct tape
  • Vinyl membrane
  • Hardboard siding
  • Set of mortar
  • String
  • Galvanized nails
  • Fiberglass tape
  • Drywall screws
  • Shower drain assembly
  • Tile backer board
  • Galvanized expanded metal lath
  • Hammer
  • Bucket
  • Cordless drill
  • Level
  • Rags
  • Framing square
  • Chalkline
  • Knife for works
  • Tin snips
  • Wood chisel
  • Needle-nose pliers

There are some materials and tools that we need to build a shower pan on a concreter floor. You may need some additional toolsor materials such as leather glove or other additional things but it just an optional.

How to Build Shower Pan on a Concrete Floor: Build It Now!

After we completed our materials and tools, it is our time to build the shower pan on our concrete floor. You can do it by yourself or you may need help for it. But you may ask how to build the shower pan? You do not need to be worry because these are some steps to build the shower pan on a concrete floor:

  • Make an outline on the floor

Firstly, what you need to do is make an outline of what would you do on the floor. The outline will be used as the pattern to set the mortar forms. For this step, make an outline uses nail to make it to be arc-shaped.

  • Measure the floor

Secondly, the thing that you should not forget about is measuring the floor. It is important to know how much that will we need to build the shower pan. It is also important to help us in defining the shape and size when we want to install the shower pan.

  • Cut the drywall

Thirdly, we need to cut the drywall. Cut it at the top of drywall. It means to make the cement board and drywall fall behind the block.

  • Make the curve

Fourthly, when we make the curve we need to know how to measure it so we can get the curve as the result of it. Use toe-nail blocking to support the vinyl liner, toe-screw to allow for the hardboard siding and its thickness. After that, rip the siding and screw the siding to the backside for the curved curbs. Use toe-screw again, cut off the excess of hardboard.

  • Do the first layer of mortar

Fifthly, we need to do the first layer of mortar. In this case, we need to remove it and plug the drainpipe using rag. After that, with the mortar, screed the first layer of it and wait for the mortar until dry and harden.

  • Protect the liner

Sixthly, lay the vinyl scrap pieces to protect the liner and after that install the liner and do not forget to fold the vinyl scrap pieces inside the corners to create a recess for the linear folds.

  • Make the hole for the drain

Seventhly, it is important to make the hole for the drain. Cut the vinyl liner using the knife for works and just cut the outside part of the holes. Run the silicone caulk around the outer side of the hole and bolt down the top of the drain assembly. Do not forget to cover the top of the drain using duct tape.

  • Install the cement board

Eighthly, we need to install the cement board on the vinyl liner and screw it with coated cement board screws, tape the seams using thin-set mortar and fiberglass tape.

  • Add the metal lath on top of the liner

Ninthly, after that, we need to add the metal lath on top of the liner. Cut and lay it in galvanized metal lath and keep the height barely under the form of it. You also need to form the curb in which you should fold the vinyl liner and put the pre-bent curb lath. After that, cover it with mortar and also you need to mortar the curb

  • Adjust the drain

Lastly, the last step that you need to do is adjusting the drain. You just need to raise the shower drain. Unscrewing the shower drain until the shower drain is on the same height as the tile of the floor. It should be done before the mortar sets. After all these procedures, your shower pan has done and you can use it on your bathroom.

Shower pan on the bathroom is really important especially when you make a shower box inside it because it will bring the water to the drain. We may think that it is really that hard to make shower pan, but actually we can do the shower pan by ourselves or get help by other people. The steps of how to build a shower pan on a concrete floor are the steps that would lead you in order to build it perfectly.

The things that we should remember is how would the result of it and how to design and build the shower pan on my bathroom floor. Those steps in how to build a shower pan on a concrete floor can help you to build it. Right now, you can do your own shower pan by yourself.

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