More and more people are becoming addicted to DIY. It is extremely satisfying to put your own personal stamp on your home and create a masterpiece with your own hands. The bathroom is usually the area of the house in which people choose to start. The plumbing is already there and set up ready for use, so why not make the most of it?
Installing a DIY ceramic shower stall is a popular trend at the moment and is not too difficult to pull off if you know what you are doing. You only really need a talent for tiling in order to make it work. By following the steps outlined below, you will have your own DIY ceramic shower stall set up in no time.
Before you begin, remove the existing shower screen and any attachments by heating up the caulking or grout with a heat gun. The existing screen doors will easily come away once any fittings are unscrewed and the grout has softened. Then remove the remainder of the grouting with a razor blade before filling any holes left by the previous fittings.
If it is a walk in shower, simply unscrew the door and remove it, but leave the rest of the fittings in place and work around it. A DIY ceramic shower can still be unique with the old outer shell in place. You may want to cover the bottom of the shower with a plastic sheet to prevent damage.
Removing Existing Tiles
Use the heat gun to loosen tile adhesive before levering the tiles off one by one. If you are replacing them with other tiles for your DIY ceramic shower then it doesn’t matter if one or two break. Make sure that there is no damage to the wall behind them though.
The heat gun should have softened the remaining adhesive enough to be able to chisel it off or remove it with a razor blade. If not, then use a coarse sandpaper to smooth the wall down before laying your own tiles on a clear wall.
Erecting The Stall
To attach your DIY ceramic shower stall, begin to drill it into the wall before any tiles have been laid to avoid cracking them. Avoid screwing it down completely until you have applied sealant on the wall underneath the shell. Only when enough is in place should you attach it.
If the door is separate to that section then leave that off until tiling is completed. Do not start tiling until the following day to allow the screen to properly set to the wall.
Laying Your Own Tiles
If your DIY ceramic shower stall includes a new shower then be sure to fit that before laying any of your own tiles. When it does come to laying your own ceramic tiles then be careful to outline where each one should go in pencil on the wall.
Cut tiles that need altering to size before you begin to lay them in preparation. If you do not plan this in advance then the likelihood is that you will end up making a mistake that you cannot rectify.
Once the tiles are laid, removing them again to adjust the pattern will more than likely damage some beyond repair. Lay each tile carefully, applying enough adhesive to the back and wiping the excess after holding each one in place for ten seconds. When all tiles are laid, wait an hour for the adhesive to set before grouting between them to prevent moisture damage in the future.
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