Building a Custom Shower Pan

 

 

 

These videos are in order of the steps that you should take while building a shower pan. You must install cement board on the shower walls before building the shower pan.

 

What Type of Drain Should be Installed?

 

 

 

 

 

 How to Mark the Location of the Curb

 

 

 

Building the Curb

 

 

 

Marking where the Pan Ends

 

 

Mixing Sand Mix

 

 

 

Building the Pan

 

16 Comments

  1. Randy Donathan

    Hi. Joe
    After the shower pan is built and setup.
    Just paint the Hydro Ban on really good and you are good yo go with the tile?

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    • Joe Letendre

      Yes. 3 coats of hydroban.

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  2. Donna Messinger

    gotcha…that’s what I thought

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    • Joe Letendre

      Donna, deck mud is fine to use. Don’t worry about putting anything underneath the pan just follow my guide and you will be good. My method is good for all floor levels.

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  3. Joe Letendre

    3/4 of an inch will be fine.

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    • Joe Letendre

      But that would be to your farthest wall.

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  4. Donna Messinger

    yes, it’s in the center. It NOT the one with a 1/4 lip for membrane. It’s the one you place in the drain by itself (like your video shower)

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  5. Joe Letendre

    Is the drain in the center of the pan?

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  6. Donna Messinger

    I am using the same shower drain that you are. It is out of the floor by one inch right now. My shower is 3 x 5. Do I have to raise the adjustable part UP by 3/4 of an inch before I mark my 2×4’s on the wall?

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  7. Donna Messinger

    Joe, My walls are all done. Here’s my question. I didn’t apply an EZ Niche in the wall before the concrete board. Can I apply one now and have the “llip” of it go over the concrete board. I would then thinset around it to smooth and feather it out. Donna

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    • Joe Letendre

      Donna, Yes you can. Did you have a place pre-planned for it? The thing that is nice about EZ Niche is you can put it almost anywhere but be careful not to hit a water line when cutting the cement board if you are putting this in the wet wall(the wall with the plumbing).

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  8. Donna Messinger

    Joe, does that drain come in a 2″ version? My pipe under the substrate is only 2″ and the drain you use seems to be 3″. I guess I bought the wrong drain. I have the one in your video that you don’t use. So, if I use that drain, then I can’t screw it into the floorboard, because then it wouldn’t be 1″ off the floor

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    • Joe Letendre

      Donna, yes the drain I used is a 2 inch drain. The drain you have is meant for using a pan liner. I would get the other type of drain that I use I’m the video.

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      • Donna Messinger

        Joe, thanks. I got the other drain and it worked great, not to mention it was cheaper. Finishing the cement board now, then I will start the pan liner. Thank you for all your help.

        Donna

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  9. Donna Messinger

    Is that plywood on the floor, or dement board?

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    • Joe Letendre

      That is plywood on the floor. You could put cement board on the entire floor before building the pan. I didn’t because I was trying to keep the curb as low to the floor as I could. So because I didn’t do the cement board first I lowered the height of the curb a half inch. This is a lot when you are an elderly woman or man who has to step over it.

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