Archive for June 7th, 2011
It is possible to spend only a weekend creating a beautiful tile shower. Everything you need should be easy to find at any hardware store. The first step is to take your old blocks off well so the new slabs can look beautiful. You should wear safety gear such as goggles and gloves while you use a reciprocating saw, which you will need when cutting the edges of your old shower tile and the old backer board. Do not to cut very deep into the wall because there may be plumbing or even wiring behind the tiles.
Using a hammer, crush your old blocks and the backer board. Clear any debris. Put in your new backer board but ensure that the factory edge parallels the edge of the bath pan. Leave some space from the top of the shower pan to the board so no water gets between them.
Apply thin set mortar on the backer board with a trowel. Try to get it as even as possible and then make ridges in your mortar with the trowel’s notched edge. Apply the mortar in small sections so it does not dry while you are placing your tiles.
Once you start placing your slabs, press them evenly but lightly so the mortar is not forced to the sides of each tile. Sort of twist each one into place, embedding them in your mortar. Make sure to use safety gear while cutting the blocks around plumbing and corners. Use a wet saw for this task.
Because it is so important to have the right amount of space in between each tile, place plastic spacers in between them. This is a crucial step when installing a new blocked shower so the tiles are evenly placed. When you are done, let the tiles set for 24 hours. The plastic spacers should remain in place while your slabs are drying.
When the tiles are dry and it is time to grout, press the grout in between them. The best tool to use is a grout float. Scrape the extra grout with the grout float and also use your sponge to wipe the blocks clean. Wiping diagonally will give you the best result. If there is a thin layer of grout on the slabs after it dries you should use some type of soft cloth to get it off.
The last step is to seal the grout by painting sealer on top of it once the grout is dry. Use a sponge brush. Following these step-by-step instructions will give you a beautiful new bath in no time.