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Order of work - shower parts and tile

Posted by jamies (My Page) on
Wed, May 16, 12 at 11:27

What is the typical order of work for a traditional setup:
alcove tub, shower, 3 tile walls.

Would it be a mess to install the entire tub and shower and then tile at a future date?


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RE: Order of work - shower parts and tile

For an alcove tub with a shower, the tile is usually the last thing done.

Rough plumbing is installed, then set the tub with overflow and drain connected. Ventilation; fan housing is installed and rough wired, ducting installed. Lighting roughed in.

Install tile backer board (no drywall or moisture resistant drywall) on walls with appropriate water detailing; usually either 6-mil poly behind, or a topical waterproofing on the front face of the backer board.

When you install the backer board, you make cutouts for the plumbing and stub them out with nipples; tub spout stub out, shower valve, and shower arm stub out.

Tile.

Grout.

Finish plumbing; trim kits, shower arm and head, tub spout. Finish electrical; light trim kits and fan housing cover, etc.

Caulk as needed.

Not the only order to do things, but it's a logical progression for me.

If you were looking at two-part DIY construction...you want to get the tub in and the shower up and running, but you can;t do the tile until later on...sure, do everything but the tile. For temporary waterproofing hang 6-mil plastic or shower curtains on the walls.


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