How to Build a Tiled Walk-In Shower Part 3

What You'll Need
Shower fixtures
2 channellock pliers
Plumbers tape
Philips screwdriver
Flat head screwdriver
Allen Wrench

In the third and final part of our series on tiled walk-in showers, we focus on the plumbing and the finishing aspects of the project. Now that you’ve designed and tiled your bathroom walls, all that’s left to do is to connect the plumbing and bathroom fixtures. Follow these steps to finish your tiled walk-in shower.

Step 1 - Turn Off the Main Water Supply

Locate the main water main and close the supply while you are working.

Step 2 - Attaching the Shower Arm

Wrap plumbers tape around the new shower arm fixture, then put the new shower flange over the shower arm. Screw the shower arm clockwise into the shower wall using the channellock pliers. Stuff a rag in the plier jaws to avoid scratching the new shower arm. Insert the channellock pliers into the end of the shower arm to finish tightening. The shower arm should point downward.

Step 3 - Attaching the Shower Head

Ensure that there is enough plumbers tape around the end of the shower arm facing you. Add more tape as necessary. Next tighten the newly purchased shower head clockwise onto the shower arm using the channellock pliers. Use a second pair of channellock pliers to hold the shower arm steady while fitting the new shower head.

Step 4 - The Face Plate

Place the face plate onto the cut hole that is in your shower before screwing it into place with either a flat head or Phillips screwdriver.

Step 5 - Fitting in the Shower Knobs

Fit all of the shower knobs, including the hot and cold water taps. Use your Phillips screwdriver to install the knobs with the flanges. Next use your flat head screwdriver to apply the plastic pieces to the shower knobs.

Step 6 - Caulking

Springing a leak will ruin all of your hard work. Apply caulking around the shower face plate. Caulk is a waterproof sealant which will prevent water damage.

Step 7 - Testing

Restore the flow of water at the main and test the hot and cold water taps. Inspect for any leaks and repair them with more caulking.

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