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Old 07-07-2011, 10:56 AM   #1
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This is the ensuite bathroom my wife and teenage daughter use. They've decided they didn't want the tub anymore therefore I took it upon myself to make the shower area larger. Below are before and during photo's. I haven't taken apart the rest of the bathroom yet so those photos aren't enclosed. They have requested this so that they can still use the toilet and vanity while the renovation is in progress. For those following my other thread, the first bathroom isn't finished yet so two are somewhat apart. Yes there are other bathroom's in this house but it's amazing what you get used to.






















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Impressive work! Please keep us posted. I'm a do it yourselfer and find this kind of stuff fastinating. I'm known on a first name basis at Lowe's and Home Depot
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How many heads are you planning in this shower


I never learned how to sweat pipes... looks like you did a lot... how long did that take?
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How many heads are you planning in this shower how long did that take?
There will be:

Hand held shower head with volume control.
Overhead rain can, main multifunction shower head, toe tester on a diverter valve with volume control.
4 body sprays with volume control.

In other words:

3 heads
4 body sprays
1 toe tester
3 volume controls
1 diverter
1 temperature control.

Price Pfister helped design the 3/4" thermostatic system and it did take me a while (to design it) since the body sprays needed a balanced manifold and I had to figure out how I could get all three heads and body sprays to work at once. My water pressure is around 70-80 psi, which helped and I've enlarged the shower footprint from 60" to 72" therefore 2 people can comfortably shower at once but if everything is on at once with all volume controls on full, you'll empty the hot water tank quickly. I don't see the reason to have all fixtures on at once but I wanted that option. The diverter itself will allow up to two different fixtures on at once.

It took me maybe (diy'er) 15-20 hrs to measure, cut, clean, thread, install, sweat, secure, and test the whole system.

Oh and thanks for the comment Purron.


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Update for those interested:

Waterproofing membrane (schluter kerdi) installed.








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More updates before I close down shop for the long weekend.
















This is before I put the schluter Ditra XL membrane down on the floor.

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That tile is beautiful. Is it ceramic tile or some kind of stone?
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You win the prize for the copper plumbing. Nice job!
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Amazing--your water bills are going to be soooo high as no one will want to leave that beautiful shower. I'm so in awe of people who know how to do stuff like that!
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It appears you used something to seal the corners of the Kerdi membrane. What was it that you used?

Great job on the bathroom...it looks great.

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That tile is beautiful. Is it ceramic tile or some kind of stone?
It's 10"X16" ceramic tile.
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I'm so in awe of people who know how to do stuff like that!
Actually the two bathrooms threads I've started will be the only ones I've ever done. Wish me luck.
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It appears you used something to seal the corners of the Kerdi membrane. What was it that you used?

Great job on the bathroom...it looks great.



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Its basically layered one kerdi sheet over another with a specific corner piece and it's all mortared. In my case I used the same thinset that I laid the tile with. After it dries I did a leak test and it passed with flying colours. For the leak test you basically cover the drain, fill the base completely with water and wait for let's say 30 hours and remeasure to see if the water level has dropped.

When installing kerdi, if you do find you have a minor cut in the fabric, you can use kerdi fix which is a type of silicone to cover the cut then apply a layer of kerdi band with is the same material only thinner. Kerdi is 8 mil, kerdi band is 4 mil thick. You can use the standard kerdi (thicker) but you have to compensate when installing the tile.

Also note I overlap the edges and coners rather then use kerdi band since it's cheaper and still as effective.

Below are more specific pictures of the process.
















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