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Shower Pan Installation -- Step-By-Step Plan

Shower pan installation the traditional way is a process with several steps. Each step is quite simple, but there are many steps. Sometimes even pros leave out steps and that's a sure set-up for failure of the shower pan. Failure means leaks and leaks mean big trouble.


Whether you're thinking of building a shower pan yourself or hiring it done, it's best if you have a good idea of how a tile shower is built. Otherwise, a few mistakes can spell disaster and a leaky shower. The following articles describe every step for building a shower pan from the shower framing to the finished mortar work. Start with article 1 and work through the articles one by one.


1. Building a shower pan introduction. Why a shower pan is a must and how to get started.


2. Ceramic tile shower framing basics. Shower framing tricks.


3. Ceramic tile showers wall support. Here's how to do it.


4. The shower pan foundation. Get the subfloor right...


5. The right start with a shower pan installation. Use the right subfloor treatment.


6. A tile shower pan curb can be a mess... Here's how you start.


7. The tile shower drain catches water even in the floor??? How does it do it???


8. Deck mud and tile shower pans. The three ingredients.


9. Don't build a tile shower pan without pre-sloped mortar. Here's why...


10. Pack the mud for the tile shower pan. Here's how...


11. A shower pan liner is what stops the water. Here's how it works...


12. Getting the shower pan membrane right includes the wall boards. Here's what you do...


13. The tile shower pan top mortar layer. It's the base for the ceramic tile.


14. Getting the tile shower drain in the right spot is a puzzle! Here's how it goes...


15. Tile shower pan curb is one weak spot. Here's how to get it right.


16. Step-by step for installing a shower pan. Here's how it's done....


Shower pan installation the traditional way builds tile showers that last for decades. Just make sure to get each step done the right way.