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Okay here, we’re going to install the drain, and we have 4 stainless steel screws. Already done the dry-fit, it’s good, this could be taken off. This one is 1”, I actually wanna raise this side up, so I’m going to put the screw in to the side here, (I put the screw to the side and under, so that the screw will hold the drain flange up, as I screw down on the other side of the drain). And you go in any of these slots. Really closed right there.
Next: Mark a parameter guideline for the mortar bed
The first thing that we’re gonna do is we’re gonna find level with our drain, with the top of our drain. So, I have a 2 ft level and in 2 ft, we should have a 1 ½ “ rise for a slope of 1 ¼ “ in 1 ft. So, we’re gonna take a 2 ft level and we’re gonna go out here and find the level, and mark level. Okay so there’s the level. Okay, so the short and easy way to do this is this is a 1 ½ “ thickness more here (The board is perfectly ½ inch higher than the level line mark) and my line, this is 1”, this should be 1 ½ “. So we’re gonna come out here and line this board and mark 1 ½ “ around here. And it’s good to put your level, want to make sure this is level, and then mark it.
Next: Mixing and installing the mortar
We’re going to be making a rapid set mud bed so that it will harden in about an hour after we finish installing it. (An hour or two, the more rapid-set, the faster it sets) Now, what we wanna use is the sand topping mix from Quikrete, it’s a good brand (Found at Home Depot), there are other ways you can make it, and then we’re gonna put 1 part of the rapid set, 3 parts of quick set for the set-up in about an hour (Rapid-set method is only recommended for those very experienced with mud-beds. You must work quickly!) so that we can go ahead and install the Trugard Vapor Shield membrane as well today. (For normal overnight curing, just use the Quikrete sand mix) Okay and I’m just gonna take somewhat even scoops, now then add water (I had already added about an inch of water in the bottom of the bucket, which you will want to do)
Okay, you want it to be pretty dry, it should not squish through your fingers, so pretty dry but [unidentified word] I’ve got a little bit of dry in the bottom of the mud pit (I forgot to add a little water in the bottom of the bucket, before adding the dry mortar) I’ll mix that in here. Now, underneath, we’re gonna just take and push underneath the drain. Also make sure you put a plug in the drain (A plastic grocery bag works perfect) so nothing goes down in the shower. And then we’re gonna push this up around the drain. (Push the mortar snuggly, but not too hard up under the drain flange, so as to make the flange unlevel)