How to Build Shower Bench
Welcome back to manta mechanical, we are building a shower bench. Today we had five feet by 32 inches of shower space per shower pan, but we decided to go with four feet by 30. Inches of shower pan and remainder space will be used for shower bench.
[, Music ], our shower wrench, will be 2 inches wider than the shower pan. So let’s get going [ Music ]. We wanted the finish height of the bench to be 18 and half inches. To achieve that, we made a small wall of 17 and a half inches high and we wanted a 32 inches wide bench to build that we used two 32 inches long plates and four studs of 14 inches each to get the height of 17 and a half Inches then, we spread the top and bottom plate 14 inches.
Apart, put the studs between them, spaced them evenly and nailed them. Together. We took a 2×4 32 inches long piece and nailed it vertically under the top plate. Let’S call it bearing point a once: our wall was built, we nailed another piece of 2×4 in the side, shower wall that will hold the front bench wall plumb and will work as a nailer for the drywall.
After that, we mark the front of the seat on the floor and nailed our wall clump to the nailer and onto the floor joists [, Music ]. Then we made a mark at the back wall using a level from the top of bearing point a we wanted.
Our seat to be sloping down in the shower pan to prevent water accumulation. To do so, we marked quarter inch higher than the bearing point a then we nailed a two by four level into the back wall. This can be called bearing point b, measured the distance between two bearing points and nailed four two by four blocks.
On top, we measured and cut another piece of 2×4 that will go under bearing point b and will work as a nailer for the plywood. Then we nailed it plump to the back wall, [, Music, ]. Now our bench frame is ready to be sheated.
Then we screwed two pieces of half inch plywood to cover the bench frame. This gave us 18 inches of high shower bench. Tiles will add another half inch and our bench is now ready and later we installed the shower pan.
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This is my bench that I am going to construct from concert blocks or cinder blocks. As you can see, All the corners and all the surfaces are solid and what I want to do now to put mortar and attach it ( the concrete blocks ) to the floor.
. Before we doing it, we actually we vacuumed clean everything, and first thing I want to do is to mark with a chalk. Where should I put the mortar. So the first thing we are doing here we mark with the chalk where we can put the mortar.
. We are going to remove the blocks from here and put them on the right order on the second room.. I am just removing them one by one.. Ok, that is the second row. O.K. So what we are going to do now is to prepare the mortar.
, and when we get the mortar, we will remove them. ( concrete blocks ) and we put ( install ) them back with the mortar.. So here are the first 3 cement ( concrete ) blocks that going to be here. I just want to talk about it.
A little bit You see, there is a little bit of a space here, probably a 1/8 of an inch. You can see. Maybe a 1/4 of an inch .. and you can really move it. That is good O.K. So what I want to say is that you have to have a little bit of a space for the mortar.
. Also, I want to show you something with the level.. You can see here ( The level ) is actually tilted to the right, Which means water coming will go here, ( to the shower ), not outside ( out of the shower ), and if we put another level .
. here, You can see that it ( the Level ) is tilted. toward the drain.. Her is the drain That is actually designed in purpose. That the water really go to the drain. Any water that cumming here actually going down.
It is designed with a 1/4 of an inch to one foot slope.. Do that what you see here., That you will know that before I am going to install it ( the bench ) that this (, the bench ) is not going to be level in purpose.
In purpose, we are going to have a slope toward the shower ( Drain ) from tow directions. From this direction here and from that direction. and that intentionally done. O.K. What we have here is 80 pound of Type S mortar from Sakrete.
You have to use ( for concrete block, ) type S.. We made a hole here. You can see and we are going to put 6 quarts of water.. That is a 2 quarts. You can see what we are doing. Here. You have to mix it for 5 minutes until it reach to right consistency.
, We adding a little bit more water.. We have fished to mix it and I just want to show you the conssitancy O.K That the way it should look like.. If you look at it., It should stick to the trowel.. That is a special trowel.
. You just follow the instruction ( of the mortar type S manufacture., ) O.K. I am using this tool ( the tray. ). You can see what I am doing here. I am just putting the mortar O.K. I am going to put now this ( the block ) on top of this ( mortar ).
No, what I want to see is if there is a tilt here, ( 1/4, of an inch slope per 1 foot ). It looks O.K here. That look good and that look tilt. I am actually going to give it a little bit offset O.K. That is good.
We are going to put the second one. Now., Don’t worry about the wall because we are going to put here mortar on the wall very soon. We will fill it up with mortar and it will stick to these walls., because this mortar ( Type S ) has 3000 psi, So it ( attacment ) is almost 10 times stronger than a thin-set.
. It is designed for that ( designed for concrete block ). You can see I put ( mortar ) here and I am going to put the second one here., but I want to put a little mortar here, O.K that it. You can see how I am doing it.
That is 16 inch. Brick ( block ) (. This is 8 x, 12 x, 16, concrete block, ) Quite heavy. So now we need (, for this installed block ) to have the right, elevation. O.K. We give it the right elevation.
Just pad it.. You can pad it here, Perfect. here the most important. You need to push it a little bit. O.K after we did that, and it looks a little bit dirty. We put that ( the mortar ) put here. Now we are going to fill it up.
( the space between the wall and the blocks ) with mortar here in these corners. and than we going to fill one of them ( one of the block ) with full mortar inside., different mortar. That will hold it ( the concrete block ) for ever.
. So we actually already did it. ( fill up the space between the blocks and the walls ), because my ( mobile ) battery is finished.. Let me show you what happening here We put here in this vicinity. We fill it up with mortar.
and everything is perfectly done.. I can use this tool to flatting it ( the mortar between the blocks ), If needed. It is not really need it here, but just let you know if you want to build a wall. ( concrete wall ), You can use this tool just to flat it.
That it.. If you look at it from close, you can see The way it look Remember that is mortar, that we put all over here Here. I need to put more. We actually are missing. Mortar. here and here He is putting a little bit more mortar on the corners where the space is.
This mortar is really work for ever.. I want to show you that way. It look after the correction. Remember here we did not have ( mortar ). He put here and put here and put here and put here. Ok, You see, everything is fill with mortar.
. Now we going to put a cement here on this hole, ( hole of the block ) with a ( metal, ) rode., With a metal rode. Just to enforce it, ( the base of the bench ) for ever.. We are going to pour The Quickrete cement.
. We are using here the Quickrete cement., That is the ( metal ) rode. We are going to put in. What you don’t need you can put here.. This will force this ( block ) and it will never move.. We finished ( to put the cement in the block’s holes ), so we can put the rode in the center ( of the hole ).
I just put another rode inside ( the block’s hole ). Let me show you how it looks., as you can see, That the way it looks from this direction and from that., I want to show you exactly what going on., And here we put what left.
Take this ( block ) and put, it Must be (. The block on the top ) level, with that ( block on the bottom ) pad it .. pad it .. Check it with a level. I fill this hole, ( the ole in the most left block ) with cement because we have enough cement here.
. So we cam make better use of it and I putting another rode.. It is too high. Just level it.. So now we just filling up with a mortar where ever we need., We already put the two rows. It is not a very difficult work.
. I think everybody can do it. and the results are very good.. It can be the best bench you can make ever.. So I want to show you how its look from close after we put a second row ( of blocks ). If you look at that.
. – and you can see here, the hole filled with mortar. – That is the other ( hole ) with cement.. Here – is the way it looks from here.. I want to show you something with the level I am going to put the level.
So you can see how the level here setting perfectly. and … Also here you can see How level it is.. It is very important and it is very easy.. You can really achieve a very good results. Just need a little bit more mortar.
. Now I can check with a level It better Its going down … We need to push a little bit low to get a slope as we want. ( 1/4 of an inch per one foot. ). We put the cap here and now we going to put mortar where ever need it.
. I show you here now we are going to enforce it. (, the cap ) by mortar, to put here where ever need it., We force mortar to the spaces, here. ( the spaces in the cap ), and we finish the job., So he is forcing the mortar inside into the spaces.
We completed to install the shower bench. You see how it level perfectly, And there is a little bit of slop ( 1/4 of an inch per foot ). It is excellent. Just cleaning everything.. So what I want to show you is the end result of the bench.
. Let me show you how this thing (, the bench ) look like.. First, you can see it (, the bench ) level with the other wall., And you can look at it carefully and see How the mortar sticking everything here.
an here. You look and see how this thing is looking from close, so it ( the mortar ) is going to dry after a day or two and after 21 days, .. cement take it to cure really for ever, but after 21 ( days ), it is really cured.
Almost 99 percent. So after 21 days, this bench going to be attached to this walls and to the floor and to himself with 3000 psi, which is impossible to remove and impossible to move.