How To Install a Shower Base with Tile Walls

This project is very easy to do for as long as you have the right tools and materials. In fact, if you are installing a shower base bought in a kit, things will be a lot easier. Your kit will come with detailed installation instructions (complete with dimensions and measurements), but if for some reason you want a general guideline on how to install a shower base and tile walls, this how-to article will be of help. Please read on.

  • Prepare your tools. For this project, you will need a measuring tape, hammer, leveling compound, cement board, screws, and tiles. Your kit may require you to prepare more tools, but generally these are the things that you will need.
  • Make sure to level the sub-floor. Leveling the sub-floor is very important. An uneven sub-floor can’t efficiently hold the shower base and will cause cracks and damages over time. To level the sub-floor, simply apply leveling compound to the spot where you will install the shower base. Let it dry according to the instructions of the compound manufacturer.
  • Position the shower base. When the sub-floor is already level, put the shower base in place. Readjust its position until it is where it needs to be. Then, push it down against the sub-floor. The flange should be connected to the stud walls. Attach them using the screws provided in the kit.
  • Put the drain. Fit the drain around the hole found at the shower base’s center. Tighten the nut to secure the drain in place. Then, test the drain by putting water on the shower base. If there are no leaks, the drain is in superior condition and is properly installed. If there are leaks, tighten the drain even more. Consider asking for a replacement if the leaks can’t be corrected this way.
  • Put cement board. The cement board will frame and protect the wall around the shower base. Make sure to install the cement board correctly so you can easily tile the walls.
  • Begin tiling. Your tiles should be 1/8-inch away from the shower base. Install the tiles on the cement board, making sure to utilize tile spacers. These tile spacers will help you put even distances between the tiles.
  • Finish tiling. When you are done tiling, you need to seal the gaps in between the tiles. You need to use a silicone sealant for this, preferably in a color that complements your base shower, wall, or theme of the bathroom. Apply the silicone sealant using a caulking gun.

Some reminders: Make sure to use your tape measure in installing the shower base and tiles. This is very important to avoid any installation errors. Also, read the installation guidelines very carefully. You have to be very sure that you understand the instructions well before proceeding to the actual installation procedure.

If you are not certain of your skills, consider hiring a professional instead of doing this on your own. This task is not supposed to be an experimental DIY project.


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