Linear Drain Installation Guide
Hi, I’m Matt Kriser! One of the cofounders of the Trugard Vapor Shield Shower Waterproofing System. On this series of videos, we’re going to show you a step by step, overtheshoulder if you will, actual on the job, how to remove an existing shower, replace it with a custom tile shower using the Trugard Vapor Shield System, making sure that your shower is watertight and leakproof for years to come.
So without any further ado, let’s get it started!
So let's clean it up, these things out of the way.
Now, in determining the height of our tile, we have decided to stay below the shower head and the cover sleeve because on the other side over here, we have the sledge and trim that we want to stay below in order to keep things simple. So our finished height will be about 5” higher than the fiberglass shower.
So let’s put these away.
Next, we’re going to add about 8” to the length here down to our existing tile line on the floor so we don’t have to cut any tiles, we’ll hold about an 8” tiles which gives us about 2” left right here which is going to make a much nicer shower. Okay so you can see here, we have about 78” to this existing tile line and we’re going to pop this tile out and we’re going to go straight up from here, look at the bubble making sure we’re level and we’re going to draw the line right there. Now in our demolition, I’m going to actually cut just a little bit shy of this and then you’ll going to see that i’m going to cheat a little bit by using a rip saw. We’re going to need to double check the depth of my tile, that’s 43” in line and then I cut it by 1⁄2 inch inside of that because I believe we’ll have some studs here, then we’ll attach the sheetrock. Now notice, safety goggles? Definitely use safety goggles on safety precautions. So I got my blade set to 1 1⁄2 inch here, doublechecking, looking great. So I’m cutting this down about 3⁄8 to a 1⁄2 inch shorter than where I want my final grade. Now the reason why i’m cutting it as high as I am, is because they have tappered and mudded with the big strong slopes. I want to get most of the slopes back to where I get back to my natural level height and a straight line on the sheet rock. So that’s why I’m cutting it as high as I am.
Okay, so the best way to get this corners is to just go sideways, here there’s going to be a stud. Probably here and here [pointing], so we’re just gonna come in here and just go out in sideways right there. And this here, we got pipe right through here, so we’re gonna do very similar here.
So I just noticed some cracks here on this fiberglass, they aren’t going all the way through but the finish is already starting to break down. [you guys], the reason that there is a fiberglass tub in this home, is this is a builder that’s been in the business for a quite a few years, and builders that know what they’re doing and they’ve been in the business for a while, they will not put a rubber shower pan in their homes. The traditional, the Tile Guys are still putting in a rubber shower pan, with a cement backerboard, not waterproofing behind the cement backerboard or in front of the cement backerboard, they might put a little piece of plastic but it really doesn’t protect. Now, the rubber shower pans, you guys, a national home builder, will not even allow a rubber shower pan in their homes because they know they will leak in 1015 years, generally speaking. They’ve done to this fiberglass or fiberglass bottom, and these homeowners, they want a nice, deluxe, custom shower. So we’re doing a makeover, and they want it to be a tile, beautiful tile travertine, travertine look. So if a tile guy is trying to put the old system in, make sure you find a different tile guy or teach him how to go to this new system. A lot of the tile guy are going to the polyethylene membrane because it creates a liner inside the tile. You’ll see some of the paint on, the roll on, paint on, liquid membranes, do not use those either, because over in Australia, the whole country went to those about 19 years ago and in about year 7, they start having a lot of failures. So the rollons, they don’t have a great reputation. The bonded polyethylene membrane has a track record of over 35 years and it started about 35 years over the Europe, and it’s been going about 20 years here in the US. And the main thing about it is that polyethylene, they’ve estimated that it does not go out or deteriorate when it’s out on the sunshine for somewhere between 500 and a thousand years. It also have some give, so if there’s any settling, it gives and it still keeps it protected. So that’s why a lot of the tile guys that are educated and understands what’s going on they’re going to this polyethylene membrane shower liner system. So make sure you insist on your tile guys going with the polyethylene, bonded polyethylene vapor shield system if that’s what you want.
Okay now, we’ve got all the screws out, we’ve got a few nails popped out, and we’re ready to pull this frame out. The next thing that we’re gonna do is take out the screws of the shower valve and we’ll pull this fiberglass shower out. And, a utility knife, I only have a little bit left there to cut, so a utility knife and a little wood teasel is probably what I’m gonna need to do to take the bottom piece off here. Now they have specialty tools sometimes and sometimes they’ll just use what they have.
Okay we’re gonna pop these tiles out, and then I’ll just cut this one right here, and I try to pull it up, that came out pretty easy, a little bit of force there but if you want to make some space here in the grout line so that it doesn’t chip. We’re gonna continue on this process.