You may be considering redoing your shower as part of a bathroom renovation. To ensure the longevity of the shower, you will need to properly waterproof the base and walls, whether your shower is tiled or prefabricated. Installation of a shower pan is part of waterproofing the shower floor. Making your own concrete shower pan is possible if you so desire.
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At first measure the area that you need. Then get a PVC sheet according to the measurement. You can place the draining anywhere but make sure the system is built well. Don’t cut the sheet too low it will cause leaking. After setting up the PVC sheet you have to place the shower pan.
2. Installing the Pan
Take the shower pan and cut the necessary area from the PVC sheet. Put the pan on it and squeeze the pan in to set that. You can use some liquid Teflon to make sure that the pan is perfectly sealed. Once the set up is ready, prepare for the floor masking.
It’s very important to make the clay with perfect consistency. For the base make the clay with perfect consistency. By adding water slowly and mixing it with the clay.
After getting the required consistency you are good to go. Apply the clay on the base and level it properly. Before applying the clay make sure to cover the shower pan or clay will block it.
When the clay will dry then you have to cover the entire floor with a rubber sheet. The rubber sheet is very important for the floor as it will seal the floor and make it leak-proof.
4. Drain Set Up
Measure the first layer of the drain and cut the membrane accordingly. Install the first layer. You can use glue to seal properly. After that put the next layer and tighten it using screws.
5. Concrete Layering
The next step is to put the concrete layer. The concrete layer will cover all the previous layering. Before that, you have to assemble the third layer of the drain. It will fix the height of the concrete layer. After completing the drain work put the last layer on the floor. Work gently in the area near the draining pan.
6. Tile Layering
For making the shower floor more appropriate add a layer of tiles. Tiles will help. The draining of water also. But for that, you have to keep a sloop on the floor towards the drain.
After placing the tiles secure them by using adhesive. Keep them set for an entire day then apply grout covering all of them. These multiple layers will be a properly sealed shower floor. You can further read our in-depth article about tiling a shower curb.
Firstly you need to be patient to build a concrete shower pan. We know you are not professional in this case and that’s why we are here to help you. We have prepared this manual describing the whole process in the easiest way possible. We hope our instructions will help to build your own concrete shower pan.