Fitting a shower tray on a wooden floor.

Fitting a shower tray on a wooden floor.

Fitting a shower tray on a wooden floor.


So what we've got is our shower tray is just going up here somewhere. And I'm pretty sure I have preliminarily measured out already, and as is life, the shower tray waste outlet is 100% gone over the top of the joist. It's probably going over where some of those pipes are already, so it's one of those things. 

So without going into too much detail, I'm just gonna do this job and you guys can just follow us in the background. We're gonna get to a stage route. We're not gonna go into this box here that tray listed a few days ago. We're not gonna go into that. We just need to get our engine half-pipe down into this area here, okay? We can't put a box in right up there because we cannot physically drill through those two joists, because they're so close together. We can't get a drill in that way or that way. It's just a bloody nightmare. 

So what we're gonna do is we're gonna run along our waste pipe, our inch and a half across down here, and then we're gonna drop it down so it's inside this cupboard. So eventually, in this area here, this is all gonna be cupboarded in, it's gonna have an unvented cylinder in here, which we're gonna fit as well. 

I'm sure you'll be along for the ride on that one. So yeah, that is what we're gonna do. You're just gonna watch, sit there with your cup of tea, in the bliss of your bed and watch us struggle away on a Saturday morning, Saturday bloody weekend warrior, and get this done. Enjoy. 

So you guys, this area here has been precisely laid out for this shower. Basically, the guys who've come in here and they've boxed this bit in. So effectively, all we got to do is we've got to lay the shower drain down in here now, and we're gonna draw a circle with the shower tray hole where the trap goes out, and guess what? That means that's where the bloody shower tray outlet is gonna be, isn't it? So we got to get the shower in now, which Mark, who's off-shore at the moment, has very kindly bought I think the world's heaviest shower tray, but it doesn't matter because I'm doing the tubes this morning, so you know. So I'm gonna get it now. Where is the bloody thing?

So we're gonna cut up our big stuff open. Now, this is one of the moments in life you wish you brought some of those window suckers, 'cause whatever happens, you might cut yourself on this stuff, so be careful. Don't do what I'm doing and do this without gloves. How exactly did they do this Mark?- [Mark] Flatten 'em. - Okay, put it down a little bit. Standard shower trap. It'll usually come with a little tool because once you got your part work and everything underneath, the work you're gonna do is gonna be from above. So the little tool is effectively used to cram into one of these little slots here. You can imagine my hand is the shower tray, it'll scoop down into that like that, then underneath you've got your rubber seal, just under here, that will be going up the underside of my hand, so therefore the underside of the shower tray,and then all that gets pulled up, together like that,to make a water-tight seal underneath. 

Take the decorative cover off, the facial cover. The bit you'll put in once this is all tiled, once these have got windows and doors, and everything else is done. So we've got our hole here. Now, this is exactly where our shower tray is gonna be, we've got a lovely little, perfect little gap just around here. So we now can draw out my hole, exactly in the place where I want it. So now we can lift up the shower tray. I'm just gonna pop it up there, outta the way out the corner, then we can lay our actual trap down, get our template ready for the trap. You can cut a hole out here for the trap, then cut a notch out, like this, to take this in a little bit, because this knuckle can sort of tackle the other side of the floor,and if this has been pushed out of lighting anyway whatsoever, later on in the job and we come to tighten up, you won't get a water-tight seal, and you'll have the amp. 

Alright, so do things like that to make it easier for you now. ♫ Oh a frown with golden brown(Graham hums)Make sure you store your beloved shower tray, and you're gonna put it somewhere where it doesn't crack you around the head later on. Typically, it's a touch bit too small. Such is life, give us the old grunt work, where we gotta be. Well, ain't that just typical. What we're gonna do, I'm gonna set up this, that does that, okay? So we go down, we look over the top, and we go, "Right, I'm gonna cut this bit. "That's where we're gonna run. Don't leave yourself anywhere where this can get sort of inhibited or anything like that. Or bugger about it. At the same time, as you can see down here, we've got joist. 

Now, this is where coordination between the trades on a job like this or any extension or any kind of new build sort of stuff. When the architects and stuff design this bases or build a control. Say you've got to have joist in certain positions, there are times where this happens. I mean it actually happens more often than it doesn't, if you know what I mean. It's quite a common problem. So what we have to do is we coordinate with chippies or builders, and say, "Look, guys, "I've got to take this joist out. "They don't want the shower to be another way around. "If we put the waste ironing on the corner, "I might not get the job that I need"to get over to the stack. "So there's a lot of things that you have to think about when you're doing this sort of thing. 

What we'll do is I'll now go ahead, put my weights in, and then on Monday, when the chippies have got off their asses, because I never work weekends, they will come in and basically sort this out. They'll have to strengthen it. Then what'll happen is we'll get building control around,they'll have a look at it and sign it off, basically. So that's value. So I want you to feel what we were thinking, so when you get to pull this out, you've got to go down the ole drill. 

Alright, let's just get down there and split this out. We are just gonna notch out a little bit, this little rung that we've kind of knotted out here. Before we do anything with a shower tray, before we lock that down or anything like that, I want to make sure that this can sit in there freely and move about. So it's got like a good five to 10 mil around it. Any problems with the shower tray later in the job,we're making it now easier for us in the future. So you can't deny, I mean a lot of plumbing is just prep work, really. So look at that lovely bit of wood butchery there. But the main thing is now is we can set this in here, and it's completely flush with the bottom of the floor, so in a minute when we've got our shower tray here, and look at what movement that has got as well. It's not tied up or anything like that. That means we can do all our work now from above without having to worry. We can even tighten up, you know the bit of the job that people hate when you tighten up the shower trap? You know, you're not next to it, anything like that. You can even do that now from above without having to worry too much. 

So a couple of tips for this bit, number one: Every shower tray that's ever made, to be honest, this one here. Okay Mark is due, he bought a good quality one here. A lot of the time you get under here,this is just like rippled up and horrible,and yeah, difficult to seal up. Now I know that we obviously got our rubber seal. This is gonna go on underneath just like this, and that is where our main seal is gonna come from. To be honest, look at this. I'm so happy with it. Sometimes what I do is I run a little bit of gunk around here just to be sure. I felt good here anyway. I always do, it's just one of those things. 

Now every brand new shower tray that's ever been made,they always have this little protective film on it. Don't pull off the whole film, okay? Leave the film over it, as long as you can, but for the bit around where we're gonna be doing our seal now, you're gonna wanna pull that film away just there. What I mean by that is just rip here. Ready for us. Just gonna put a little bit of CT1 on here. Just leave it like that. 

What they would say is be good to the next person who's coming along, and if you got any CT1 sputtering out the side or anything like that, just make sure you smooth that off now. Otherwise, someone might come along again to do some work here and they won't be able to take the whole trap off, and that wouldn't be very nice, would it? Alright, so we pop our trap on here, making sure that all our other bits and bobs are outta the way. Put it in that direction. 

Here's the little tool that I was talking about. Usually, you just get this in here and get this on. Well, that is not gonna leak. We are literally now just a matter of getting yourself a sheet, clean off as much dust and snot like that from underneath. Brush as well. Brush up wherever you put the shower. Try to make sure this is as clean as possible. This is totally fat, this shower tray, weighs an absolute tonne. If you just laid it on the floor and tried to kick the bloody thing, it wouldn't move anywhere. So what we're gonna do, we're gonna use our clear CT1 to actually glue this down, stick it down. We'll also run a beaker around the outside as well. After that, once that is set, literally, the floor will come up with the shower tray. That stuff, it grabs on anything. So I'm just gonna quickly clear this part up, give us a wipe down, then we're just gonna. . . We're gonna do it in blobs, I think blogs don't really work too well. You do these little blob points here. I just want a ring around there, ring around there, ring around there, all those little rings there and just try and run a few up these lines here as well. It will not move anywhere, this stuff. 

Obviously, I've cut myself a larger home so we're not doing it as well. The important thing is here that you clean down the bottom of the shower tray. We know that there's not gonna be any dust or anything like that. Can stop this adhesive doing it's job. Even though this stuff is just different level, really. What happens now is you basically move this round in a very little to attempt to get any CT onto yourself as well. Never easy this bit, I'm afraid. And literally, that should just lay the exact way I want it, without any problems whatsoever, look at that. We can just pop this in here now. 

Right, what I do now, just peel up. Remember guys, just the edges. Right then, so that's the shower tray down. What we need to do now is go downstairs, plant our pipe root an inch and a half, then actually get our inch and a half installed. Right then guys, so we've got our 45 bit on here, so we know we can get a nice straight run, so I'm just gonna pop this bit on now underneath. Get that as nice and tight as possible. Now obviously the problem we've got here is that we've got pretty three of a joist to go through until we're inside our cupboard area, where we can drop our pipe down safely inside that cupboard, out of sight. Obviously you want to try to put one bit of pipe in. 

Sometimes that's just not gonna happen, alright. We're gonna have quite a high hole height here, and without ripping the floor up, this all will be glued down and screwed down already. The only way we're gonna be able to get this through at the moment is to literally, it's annoying, really annoying, is to basically grab a couple of couplings and just basically glue up a few bits. 

So what I firstly recommend is when you're measuring your holes, just measure everything from your bottom joist, because you know these are all level, and make sure that every joint you go in on, just give yourself another two mil. Drop yourself another two mil down, or if you want to do a little bit more, another five mil, it's totally up to you. Just make sure you get a nice, adequate draw. Going away. You're doing quite a long run, then obviously you don't want to do too many mils every joist, otherwise, you're gonna end up popping out the ceiling. 

This is quite short around here so I can probably get away with giving myself pretty much five mil drop on every one of these joists here, and that work fine. Similarly, if this was running the other way, what I'd do is I'd take my waste back to the side joist, so we were going long here, and I'd clip it all the way along the joist, okay? And then when you put your clips in, you measure your clips down five mil every time to make sure you get an adequate drop on that. 

So I'm going to get these measured up now, I'm gonna get 'em drilled, and then we're gonna go through the rigamarole of getting this pipe put in. Well what I'm doing, I'm leaving this pipe, coming out of the wall, quite far off the wall because this one needs to be boarded out in here anyway so this will leave the lads a little bit of room so I can get in there with there. 

Under there where there's troughs or whatever. Well, there we go, all in. I'm really, really happy with the result. I mean it wasn't easy getting through those bits, and I hope you'll understand why we've done certain parts of this job. I just want to get across to people that everything is completely different when it comes to these jobs. There's no right or wrong way of doing things. Sometimes it's just the only way if you know what I mean. 

Right then guys, so there you go. Shower tray's laid down, we've got the waste downstairs all in. We're now ready for the other trades to come in and do their stuff and it's the blissful world of a plumber knowing that everything's done and that you don't have to worry anymore for another month.