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Discuss DIY Guide To Installing a Wetroom. at UK Plumbers Forums; Ok, finally. Wall tiling is done, including a little mosaic section. Note that I've left the silicon sealant work till the end, once everything else is done in the wetroom. ...
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    Ok, finally. Wall tiling is done, including a little mosaic section. Note that I've left the silicon sealant work till the end, once everything else is done in the wetroom. All the dust from the construction work sticks to it as it's drying otherwise and it looks rubbish! All floor to wall joints, wall to wall joints and wall to ceiling joints should be filled with silicon sealant and not grout! The same goes for around the door architrave and window frame/sill.

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    Once this is done then the next step is to tile the floor. This is where it gets difficult!

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    The first thing you should do is to draw 4 lines running from the centre of the wetroom drain to the edges of the wetroom tray. These lines are the diagonal lines you can see in this picture. You can change the angle of these slightly if required to ensure that all cuts look neat.

    Depending on the wetroom tray and how you need to set out the tiles, you may also need to split the tiles with cuts along the edge of the tray. Here, we've made a cut along one edge of the wetroom tray. The reason for this is the tray slopes very steeply on that side and if we didn't cut the tile there the rest of the floor would be covered in about an inch of tile adhesive!

    The side of the tray at the bottom of the picture is on a very shallow angle so no cut is required here.

    All the additional cuts are made with a wet cutter to get them looking neat. Take care when cutting diagonal cuts on the wet cutter - it is much more likely that the tile edge will chip if you rush it. Try to cut the tile in several passes.

    Once you've divided the floor into 4 with the diagonal cuts, simply slope each part of the floor back to the tray once you are out of the tray area. The slope is about right when a spirit level placed on the surface of the tile has the edge of the bubble touching the first line from the centre.

    Tiling the wetroom tray takes a good few hours to do properly so don't rush it. From there the rest of the floor is much easier.
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    Default Re: DIY Guide To Installing a Wetroom.

    Cant wait for the next instalment!

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    I prefer mosaic in the actual shower area, easier to form and also the extra grout lines give you extra grip when wet. But ultimately it's the custs choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonG View Post
    I prefer mosaic in the actual shower area, easier to form and also the extra grout lines give you extra grip when wet. But ultimately it's the custs choice.
    The pebble effect looks good also

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    Quote Originally Posted by phil the bucket View Post
    The pebble effect looks good also
    Just be careful not to use mosaics on expanded foam tray formers as the point loading is too high.
    50mm x 50mm is generally the smallest you can go. Solid shower formers are ok for anything smaller than that.

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    Croft do you have any more pics taken at the early stages, eg the wetroom tray ?. Your posts 4,5 & 6 pictures not showing.

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    Hi all. Sadly not, I only thought to make a guide of it once the floor was down!! Not sure what is going on with the pictures, I uploaded them through the forum and they seemed to work to start with. Will try and finish the guide off when I get time. The finished photos look nice, except the customer wanted to re-use her existing sanitaryware which spoils the look somewhat imo
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    don't you just hate customers when they do that?
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    This photo shows the wetroom floor and also my foot (less interesting). You can see the slope on the floor created by the diagonal cuts. These cuts are made using a good quality wet cutter so it doesn't chip the tiles at all. In our case, we use a Dewalt table saw wet cutter, in our opinion the best one on the market.

    Never force the tile through a wet cutter, let the blade do the work. Always ensure water is being jetted onto the part of the tile being cut for the cleanest finish.

    You also need to make sure the grout you use is suitable for the wet cut grout lines (around 1mm wide) and the normal grout lines (4-6mm usually for floors).
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    Fittings and fixtures can cause problems in wetrooms. Any holes drilled in the wall to fit them will damage the tanking. An assessment should be made of whether or not this is likely to be an issue. These fittings are on the opposite side of the wetroom to the shower and are all high enough that they should see no direct water spray from the shower. With this in mind we were happy to fit them with rawlplugs and screws. The alternative for fittings near the shower is to use fittings that connect with a suction cup.
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    And that's our wetroom story complete. Sadly the customer wanted the existing sanitaryware, mirror and shower reused. We were happy to do this but it did of course spoil the finished look. I hope this guide is useful to some and persuades any less capable DIYers to get a professional in and save money in the long term!

    For anyone in the Lincolnshire county looking for a wetroom quote, just get in touch
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    excellent Kieran thanks for taking the time to do this. i am going to make this a sticky and put it in the bathroom forum.
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