Tool Box
Notched Trowel
Grout Float
Measuring Tape
Grout Sponge
Level
Tile Cutter
Mixing Bucket
Drill
Mixing Bit
Spacers
Gloves
Dust mask
Goggles
Hammer and Chisel

Steps

Preparing a Shower Floor for Tile Kerdi Pan:
  1. Remove any existing material (i.e. Tiles or Laminate flooring) currently on the floor and clean the surface of dirt and debris. If not already, increase the floor to 1 1/4" thick by adding plywood boards. If this is a concrete floor, make sure it is level by applying a self levelling mortar where necessary.
  2. Locate the correct position for the drain and check the fit of the Kerdi pan. If necessary, cut the pan down to fit the location.
  3. Begin to mix the unmodified grey mortar in your mixing bucket according to the manufacturers' instructions. It is advised to ware a dust mask, goggles and gloves when working with mortar as it is caustic. Apply the mortar to the subfloor with a 1/4" or 3/8" Notched trowel. Place the Kerdi pan into the mortar and press down.
  4. Install the Kerdi Shower Curb into the same mortar along the exposed outer edges where the shower door/glass will sit.
  5. Apply the same mortar along the top of the Kerdi pan. Install the shower drain flange into waste line and press firmly into the mortar.
  6. Begin applying the Kerdi waterproofing membrane over the entire base, curb and walls. Be sure to overlap the drain flange, but not cover the drain itself.

Preparing a Shower Floor for Tile Linear Drain & Quick Slope Base
  1. Remove any existing material (i.e. Tiles or Laminate flooring) currently on the floor and clean the surface of dirt and debris. If not already, increase the floor to 1 1/4" thick by adding plywood boards. If this is a concrete floor, make sure it is level by applying a self levelling mortar where necessary.
  2. Locate the correct position for the drain and install the drain body into the subfloor. Depending on the location, the subfloor may need to be cut into to house the shower drain. Measure the location for the quick slop pan. If necessary, cut the pan down to fit the location.
  3. Begin to mix the modified grey mortar in your mixing bucket according to the manufacturers' instructions. It is advised to ware a dust mask, goggles and gloves when working with mortar as it is caustic. Apply the mortar to the subfloor with a 1/4" or 3/8" Notched trowel. Place the quick slop base into the mortar and press down. The lowest point on the slop should be touching the already installed shower drain.
  4. Mix and apply the unmodified mortar along the top of the quick slope. Install the Kerdi waterproofing membrane over the entire base and up the walls. Be sure to overlap the drain flange, but not cover the drain itself.

How to Tile a Shower Floor:
  1. Begin by mixing the unmodified mortar in your mixing bucket according to the manufacturers' instructions. It is advised to ware a dust mask, goggles and gloves when working with mortar as it is caustic. For natural stone tiles, be sure to use white unmodified mortar rather than grey. When working with a Schluter pan, be sure to install the drain prior to tiling. Apply the mortar to the floor with your Notched trowel starting in the centre of the shower near the drain. For mosaics, use a 1/4" or 3/8" notched trowel and a 3/8" or 1/2" for full size tiles with a linear drain.
  2. Repeat the installation, leaving all cuts to the end. To cut mosaics, measure the space remaining and cut the sheets down slightly smaller. Spread the mortar and install the smaller sheet, checking the size and configuration before installing. Fill in any small voids with individual pieces. This takes more time, but will provide a professional appearance. For full size tiles, place the tile directly over the last set tile. Place an extra tile vertical on the wall as a guide to create a space. Set another tile, the "marker tile," on top of it, butting it against a tile set on the edge at the wall. Trace along the marker tile to mark the cutting line on the tile below. Use your tile cutter, preferably a wet saw, to cut along the marked line. It is advised to wear goggles when cutting any tile.
  3. Once the surface is dry, begin applying the grout. Mix the grout according to the instructions, or until it has reached a peanut butter consistency, in your mixing bucket. Apply to the dry tile surface using the grout float in a cross sweeping pattern, held at a 45 degree. The grout should be pushed over the tile joints in 2-3 directions to ensure they are appropriately filled in.
  4. Begin removing the excess grout 5-10 minutes after application. You'll be aware of the appropriate time because the grout will begin to show a white haze. Fill a clean bucket with water and use your grout sponge remove the grout by washing the floor. Be sure not to use too much water or wash in a spiral motion. For the best effect, pull the grout towards yourself in a dragging motion. This may have to be repeated once or twice with glossy or textured tiles.
  5. Use a clean, dry cloth to buff the entire surface clean of any dry particles.
  6. Seal any necessary surfaces, such as grout or natural stone tiles, 3-5 days after applying the grout.
  7. Install any fixed elements, such as the shower head and mixing valve, over the newly installed tile. Put a thin bead of bathroom silicone along the base of the tiles and in the corners of the walls.

Tips

It is recommended to ware safety goggles and gloves while removing tiles and wallboard.
Always double check your measurements before creating any cuts into the concrete board.
Always double check your measurements before creating any cuts into the Kerdi board and take advantage of the provided grid lines on the Kerdi board. This will make the installation quick and accurate.
 
 
 
 
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