How to Install a Shower Pan



so before you begin with your shower installation you want to make sure you have the right products we've got our drain got our plumbers putty and we got a bucket of sand mix we just finished mixing up this is going to be necessary for the leveling underneath the pan and reinforcing it so it's not moving and creaking when you're using the shower afterwards now before we put in the drain just want to make sure that the plastic film that comes with the shower is away from level that's crucial if the plastic is left there then the water will find a way to get through between the plastic and the acrylic shower pan and it will leak in the ceiling underneath guaranteed to have a failure there so what we're going to do we take some plumbers putty and we just roll it out like a kid in art class and take our drain apart I'm gonna put the plasticine around our drain and be very generous with this it's not expensive and I'm going to just press out the extra when you're done place it in your hole yeah from the backside over the thread we're going to put the gasket on and then the paint and the cardboard ring it's like garbage and then we put on the ring what happens and your Titan goes together without the paper this goes like this and it buckles and you won't have a good good seal going to leak but the cardboard does is allows and to to slide and compress freely without causing the buckling so very important you don't throw that out and put that on the thread here tightening up here on the side nice and free so before we got started we took out the level and we checked the floor and it turns out that in this case the back corner here is going to be the high corner and this side here needs to be raised up a little bit and that front corner really needs to come up dramatically so the way we're going to level that is with our sand mix and I'll just show you this is the Merlin pan and it comes with a plywood sprayed on a fiberglass reinforced with the leveling feet in this situation we've got the plywood on this corner it's a little bit higher than everywhere else but it's necessary otherwise I'd be raising up all four corners I wouldn't have a hand inconsistent so what we're going to do we're going to get this in position and we're just going to throw a little bit of a sand mix throw a little bit of Sandwich on the floor in this corner over along this side you can see that that flattens out pretty easily then we're going to put the pan down into that sand mix so now that we're done just want to do a check that Kevin is level that looks good really important that the two sides of it getting the glass are perfect that'll save the glass company a lot of time and aggravation and it'll save you a little bit of money too so now that we've got this in place the last thing we want to do is put some weight on the pan help make sure it stays there this is the cement that we're going to be using tomorrow to put the waterproofing on so we're going to put that little with a pan right now just to make sure that we have a good bond overnight while this dress so for more tips and tricks on how to renovate your home make sure you subscribe to our channel at Potawatomi build here on YouTube

36 Comments

  • Gabrielle Banks

    April 14, 2019

    Was it just me or that wasnt level

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  • Jmaclicious

    April 14, 2019

    looking into a new shower pan given Lowes was incompetent and couldn't get the Kohler cast iron delivered to me on time.. How is the quality on this Mirolin strada pan, also is it very slippery or would it be advised to use a non-slip bath mat? Trying to debate between this or the Kohler Tresham one

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  • Most Likely We Do It Services

    April 14, 2019

    What ratio of sand and cement did you run for under the pan?

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  • R a m

    April 14, 2019

    AHHH Jeff……I wanted to see how big of a hole to put in the flooring to accommodate the drain !!!!  argh.

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  • Johnny Cearley

    April 14, 2019

    Best channel ever!!!

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  • James Mc glothin

    April 14, 2019

    M

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  • dogmandan79

    April 14, 2019

    Suggest placing the sand under than pan on a second floor shower install?

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  • Joel Short

    April 14, 2019

    Hey quick question? How do you incorporate the schluter shower membrane next to a shower pan. Aka how do i make the corner of the wall and pan waterproof?

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  • Éric Côté

    April 14, 2019

    I've a question regarding the drain. I'm presently installing a shower pan in my basement. That might sounds like a stupid question but I was wondering if I need to install a P trap under? Also imagine that the pan is already level flat on the floor, would you recommend to put some sand mix also?

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  • AchRizal

    April 14, 2019

    This cant DIY ??

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  • Russ Flores

    April 14, 2019

    Next stop replace the mixing valve and new plumbing, watch all your videos about convection from copper to pex, I'm thinking an other 8 hours tomorrow ???

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  • Russ Flores

    April 14, 2019

    Thanks you give me the confidence to do my shower pan only tock me 8 hour to install counting a few trips to home depot!

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  • luis fragoso

    April 14, 2019

    It is going to crack

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  • Rod Ralph

    April 14, 2019

    Agree with samdomding. It's a no brainer to install the drain on the pan, it's another thing to plumb the thing!

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  • Michael Khakshouri

    April 14, 2019

    Why didn't you put the sand mix under the whole base? And just in parts of it?

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  • CaliBoy Rumbles

    April 14, 2019

    Whats purpose of sand mix under tub??

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  • dcpc08161992

    April 14, 2019

    Hi, I keep seeing people putting floor liner to waterproof… is that only because they use cement and then tile over it? I know my contractor did not put floor liner when they install the one-piece pre-fab Swanstone shower pan in my bathroom and I did not see you put the water proof floor liner on this tub either.

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  • Eric Taylor

    April 14, 2019

    Any thoughts on how to install the drain if you do not have bottom side access?  Thanks?

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  • John Myers

    April 14, 2019

    I've been thinking about using self-leveling floor leveler with a layer of felt paper between the concrete and floor pan. Is this an acceptable way of supporting a shower pan?

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  • Ron Metropolit

    April 14, 2019

    was wondering why you used a shower drain with a ribbed gasket to seal drain pipe when floor below was open and a solvent welded drain could have been installed ?

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  • Javier Garcia

    April 14, 2019

    What I really wanted to see how you installed the drain

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  • Wonderwoman Mazza

    April 14, 2019

    Didn't add how me anything! Waste of time

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  • Steven Fields

    April 14, 2019

    I bought a Kohler ballast shower base an i can't find instructions for the best way to install a concrete acrylic shower base of this type. all tips would be appreciated

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  • Lucky Odunze

    April 14, 2019

    thanks for your videos quite educating

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  • Spork 357

    April 14, 2019

    so how would you connect the drain to the pipe under the shower pan if you don't have access from underneath?

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  • john Orlando

    April 14, 2019

    what kind of sand mix are you using? is it just a thin set or a non porous mud?

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  • Moon Pie

    April 14, 2019

    My drain says to use silicon calk not plumber's putty.
    What the heck is "sand mix"?

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  • jet_blast

    April 14, 2019

    Did the pan also get screwed to the studs at some point?

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  • Steve Broome

    April 14, 2019

    Great video.  I especially liked that you explained the washers, as that is exactly what I came her for.  Cheers!

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  • coedshowers

    April 14, 2019

    I've seen a lot of builders level it with some shims and few hundred pounds of cement bags ontop then use closed cell foam under it at some of the pre-wire houses around here. they are pretty good about using enough for it to feel solid under and not push up or out. their building a few hundred houses a year so I'm sure that plumbers had enough experience to know how much to spray before he drops the pan back down.

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  • Malik Abdullah

    April 14, 2019

    What happens if your drain below the pan, sits too high. I removed a tub, removed the waste overflow, cut down the existing pipe, but not too much, it was deep in a hole. Added a (1) coupler, (2)90degree elbow, short 2” pvc, (3)another 90degree elbow, to line up with hole in shower pan, only to find out that it sit 3 1/2”-4” above shower. I don’t know what to do. A lot of people had good ideas. What’s your take? What can I do? The only thing that glued, is first coupler, and first 90 elbow.

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  • worlds best

    April 14, 2019

    Why was the top level off at 3:08 and why are there 2

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  • Jim

    April 14, 2019

    He didn't glue his fitting or he didn't show it… Amateur

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  • azath house

    April 14, 2019

    Does pans move very much while mortar is drying? In this case thin set

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  • Emma Lopez

    April 14, 2019

    Where Can I buy the shower pan, and how much is the cost?

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  • Randy R

    April 14, 2019

    Finally this guy knows what he’s doing putting a floor pan in. Sears did my shower and screwed it up twice we had bubbles in the pan finally the third time they used cement to balance the pan.

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