How to Install a Basement Bathroom (The Easy Way!)

published on July 13, 2020

So today's video I'm coming to you from a basement bathroom it's a real traditional kind of 5×7 ish feel now usually you're gonna find this of you on a new home you've got a rough-in bath and you don't know how to finish it today's video we're going to talk about

How to do it without having to open up the concrete because there is technology on the market that allows you to finish off your room without rearrange and we're all the locations of the plumbing are if you're a little creative so let's

Just dive right in by roughing plumbing I mean that we've got a toilet stack okay usually a 3-inch pipe coming out of the ground and in the back in the shower I've got a one and a half you might have a two-inch pipe coming out of the ground

And they just have caps on them so the first thing we got to do is we've got to cut them up now the toilet we want to cut exactly flush with the concrete because whatever flooring you go back with if you fix your flange now you're

Going to have a perfect set height for the toilet to rest on top of that flange without having any leaking weight to put the toilet flange on after your flooring you run the risk of it having holding the toilet off the floor too much and

Not getting a good see you later so the purpose of the cut I'm just using a simple little hand tool it's an ABS saw and it's very flexible so I can actually bend the bleed and cut flush up the floor I've done most of this work

Off-camera because it is work nice at the hardware store they're gonna sell the toilet flange and this is designed to go inside the pipe okay now

You'll notice it's a pretty snug fit what I did is I actually took my grinder wheel and I just ran up some lines down this just to help thin out the plastic a little bit because it was so tight there's no way that I can force it in

The pipe when it's buried in cement so that was very important so I'm just gonna take my glue and we're gonna glue the inside of the pipe and the fitting now it's not really a glue it's a solvent should be tricky there someone's

Gonna call me out on that one okay making sure that the locations of the toilet here this is for the bolt just slide it into this location so these two parts here you want that at nine and three o'clock as if you're looking at

The clock face so line it up push it straight down there we go yeah now we got the toilet ready to roll the only thing left to do shup a coffee cup in there and keep the gases from coming in while you're

Working okay now the shower is the tricky part that's where most people run into problems because they don't know how to connect the plumbing in the shower to something that resembles a operational

Floor shower as you can see I'm using a lot of Schluter products in here that's because they've got great evolution when it comes to products for showers so this is the new Schluter drain that's designed with a ninety degree turn in

The drain system so if you can imagine your pipe is over there and it doesn't even need to be in the same room because this can be adjusted and you can put it anywhere you want it comes out of the floor and you just put it install it

With a bit of a slope for the water to drain the right direction that's all we need for that so when you cut the pipe out of the ground for this for the drain for the shower make sure you leave about a half

An inch maybe three-quarters of an inch of the stub so you can attach a fitting and then your drain can go anywhere now it works in combination with a couple of other elements to create an actual floor we'll get to that in a minute

But if you like keeping things simple and you want to build your own shower I'm going to suggest the Schluter board product is really handy for this you know in the past we've done videos we've showed you a lot of different systems

For doing a shower but the Schluter board system is the most versatile and it is a waterproofing system as well not just water diversion system like most showers okay and they have these cute little washer and clip systems and

They're designed to create compression on their own half inch polystyrene all right that's how you install it instead of screws and the idea here is you install all these screws and washers that gives you a nice rigid wall but you

Can tile over because then this cloth is actually a waterproofing cloth so the Schluter system comes with a kerb and you set that in cement on your on your concrete it also has tape that like a cloth tape

That you can put in the corners to make all your joints seal and after it on our pan it actually even has a cloth you can put over top of here your pre sloped pan we're gonna build today ourselves and it comes with bunch of other little

Attachments here this is for your inside and outside corners and you can put all that product together to create a perfectly waterproof shower so the way that we're gonna do it it's just demonstrate real quickly how to get

All this installed oh there is my bushing we're just gonna take our thin set right here in on the floor now this material here is actually designed as a rigid base okay we're going to install our dream with the

Rigid base and then add a little bit of sand mix to fill up around all the plumbing so we don't to be void so it's structurally sound we're going to use the sand mix and push it towards the corners and create a little slow so we

Have a nice drain going to the mill so the way the plumbing would go together in this situation you just take your elbow and use a little bit of pipe here same with the fishing and the other end okay

I'm gonna set that in place here we go right so next step now that we have our drain installed and our material here we got to fill the gaps using the sand mix yeah you want to just kind of try to pour that right in where you want it it

Has a good flow ability so the same reason that we're using this stuff because of its flow ability it's the same reason that means you have to put blocking behind your shower and just run all over your whole basement work that

Into all of these cracks and crevices our first goal here is to fill up all the holes pretty much flat base all right the next road that Matt's making up now we're gonna use to create a slope now instead of using sand mix you could

Use a product called dry pack and that is a more traditional tile bed product but it's not available in most hardware stores so that's why I'm using the sand mix just to demonstrate the products that are available in any hardware store

Near you and that product here is actually something silly like 67 bucks very affordable it is gonna take overnight to set up however so be prepared for that or your schedule here we go you can see at the beginning or a

Shower bed what we need now is a little bit more so I can go from this edge here up to about a half an inch thickness on on each four corners that's it when we use a smaller tile sometimes I got four by four on the floor can't get the last

Piece of wall on install over the clips do the tape like I said and then roll on you're gonna have a shower nothing left to do after that but put in all of the subway tile remember since we're using a

Waterproofing system we don't need a dramatic slope here this isn't water diversion when we're trying to tell water where to run or it'll cause a problem this is waterproofing so even if the water has nowhere to go

Yeah no risk of damage for your house okay so now I have a perfectly flat drain assembly okay I got to just go make a little bit more mix so that I can put it in the corners and go from this height here to put another quarter inch

Higher in the corners and I'll just put it in there and I'll just rake it back a little bit set it in place and if you want you can use a level but generally speaking you can do this by eye it's not hard put a trowel here that creates a

Nice level surface right beautiful okay so after done with all your sand mix get this take some of this cloth you'll cut it to fit and then that'll be it for the next day we'll actually have to install that with fin set so once this is gone

Guard will put the thinset on there embed the cloth and then we can put in all of our corners and then we'll have a waterproof shower ready for tile it's that simple and that is how you create a brand-new bathroom in a new house with

Unfinished roughen plumbing so if you're interested in learning more about how to install products like the Schluter system it's not a lot of options for you as far as the homeowner is concerned they do have literature available there

Are some random videos here and there about the products but if you really want to know how to make a waterproof system then I would consider checking out our website because there's gonna be a link in there I'm gonna be going

Around giving seminars and teaching people how to do this product properly so that you can have a successful waterproof bathroom at home so check that out there's a link in the description go to our website and have a

Look of that and see when we're going to be near you than that I'm gonna suggest if you want to learn about how to waterproof or shower you click the link right here and we've got a few different options in

There some of them are a little simpler but you know anything's better than what they give you in a new home build see you next time

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