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  • We're in the middle of a total bathroom remodel. And now we want to replace this tub with a

  • walk-in shower.

  • These walls are going to go and we'll replace them with this beautiful new tile.

  • In this video we'll show you how to do the prep. For the installation, check out How

  • to Install Shower Wall Tile on

  • You've got many choices with wall tile. Whatever you like, Lowe's has all the styles.

  • Just be sure to follow the instructions that come with your tile.

  • For our project you can find the steps, tools, and materials on our websitealong with

  • some helpful tips.

  • One thing... since we're installing in a shower, we're going to have a few extra steps than

  • you would if you were tiling, say, a backsplash or another wall area.

  • Before you get started, figure out how much tile you'll need. Measure each wall area,

  • length times height, add 'em up and add 10% for extra.

  • All right, here comes the fun partdemo. We have to get rid of all this old tile. You're

  • in luck if you're starting with bare walls. Remember, don't start tearing into anything

  • until you've turned off all the power to the roomand adjacent roomsjust in case.

  • And if you're doing a wall that has outlets or light fixtures, remove those.

  • If you have old tile over concrete backerboard, sometimes you can remove just the tile with

  • a hammer and chisel. But typically it's best to remove everything to the studs and start

  • fresh.

  • This can get messy, so remember to protect your tub and floors.

  • OK, so we're down to the studs. At this point, if you need to reroute any plumbing or electrical,

  • now's the time to do it.

  • Now this is important.

  • If you see any black mold in the wallsstop and call a pro to remove it.

  • Now, we installed the new shower base and removed the old tub using the instructions

  • the manufacturer gave us.

  • Since the shower is a wet area, we're going to install a moisture barrier over the studs.

  • Plastic like this will work just fine.

  • Hold the plastic just over the shower base, making sure it hangs inside the base, and

  • staple it to the studs all the way around the surround.

  • Now, cut the bottom of the plastic so it still overlaps the flange and just touches the base.

  • Next stepputting up cement backerboard.

  • This is going to provide a strong foundation for our tile.

  • We're installing our backerboard

  • about six feet high, and it will be flush with the drywall at the edges or just outside

  • the shower area.

  • At the bottom it will be about a 1/4- to 1/2-inch above the shower base.

  • For an average DIYer, hanging this stuff is a two-person job. Hold it in place against

  • the studsshims below keep it at the right heightand secure it with cement board screws.

  • Put in a screw about every eight inches.

  • If you need to cut the pieces to fitscore it and snap it. To cut curves for the plumbing,

  • use a jigsaw with a carbide blade. Cut this stuff outside.

  • Install all of the cement board, keeping the pieces tight together.

  • After the cement board is secured you need to tape the joints. Apply the cement board

  • tape, then another coat of mortar, and let it dry overnight.

  • After the mortar has cured, it's smart to apply a waterproof coating that acts like

  • a membrane to the cement board. Brush it on the seams and joints, let it dry, then apply

  • two more coats with a roller. Each coat takes about 30 to 60 minutes to dry.

  • From this point on the installation is the same as putting tile on drywall, like you

  • would for a regular wall or backsplash.

  • On to the layout.

  • Check your horizontal layout by marking a line in the center of the work area. Set the

  • tiles along the wall and check the ends. If the tiles are too thin, adjust the layout

  • to get wider pieces at the sides.

  • Next, check the vertical layout. This is where it can get tricky.

  • Plan on full tiles at the top and cut tiles at the bottom. Since we'll cut the tile to

  • fit, it's best to start one row up from the bottom because the shower base might not be

  • level.

  • To determine where to mark the starting line, use a level to find the lowest point. Hold

  • a full tile there, with a 1/4-inch gap at the bottom and spacer at the top, and mark

  • it. Extend this line level on the wall.

  • All right, next you'll want to see where the top tile will sit. Try this trick.

  • Take a straight board and mark it using the tiles and spacers in the vertical layout.

  • This is called a jury stick. Just hold it up to the wall to mark the location of the

  • top tiles.

  • If you need to adjust the layout, move it down if you can. Cutting a little bit off

  • the bottom row won't be noticeable. Once you have a good layout, extend your starting

  • line along each wall.

  • OK, got all that? Our layout is set, which means it's time to install some tile on this

  • wall. Check out the next video, How to Install Shower Wall Tile at

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    nckuba posted on 2014/04/06
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