These days, if you want to put in a shower, you can just go to a home center and pick up a fiberglass unit. Before that was possible, pros had to build a custom shower pan by mixing and applying mortar, troweling it flat, and laying ceramic tile.
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Laying shower floor tiles in a herringbone pattern isn’t that much harder than other patterns. This easy step-by-step guide shows you how to dry lay the tiles, measure, mark and cut them to size, mix the mastic and how to cut the tiles so that they fit around power points and pipes.
As you lay your tile, you will want to use spacers in between every edge of your tile.We chose to use 1/16″ spacers for this project.You can also use spacers to scrape out any extra thinset that may ooze out in between your tiles as you are laying them.
A few tips to remember when you are tiling:
- Be sure to have all the right tools prior to beginning a project like this
- Be careful to lay your tile evenly so that tiles aren’t higher then the next one. Some like to use a level to help with this, others run a plastic cup (upside down) around the tile to be sure nothing catches, and some like to just use “feel” to get the tile level and smooth.
- Measure twice and cut once.
- When in doubt, ask a professional!