If you want to learn how to build a walk-inshower, then youre in the right place. This is my walk-in shower. I personally loveit because its easy to clean. You just walk right in. Theres no tripping overcurbs or tubs. Its phenomenal. Its our dream bathroom that we saved up to remodel.Now heres the deal: In todays video, youre going to see how to build a walk-inshower using the Wedi building panels. They go on your framing, then you put your tileover top of that. And the reason why were showing you this is because we feel like youcan do this yourself. If youre a DIYer or if youre professional, we know thatyou can use the Wedi building panels. So were going to show you how to buildout the walk-in shower today. If you missed our first video, you can watch I right here.Thatll show you how to install the Wedi Ligno shower pan, which is pre-sloped andeasy to install.So right now, lets dive into this video. Well show you how to builda walk-in shower step by step. We did this in less than 6 hours, and we know that youcan do it yourself. So lets do it. Okay, so our back wall with our bench is 5. So were going to have to go ahead and cut this first panel around the bench.You just want to measure down to that dado joint off the top of the bench. So I got 20.It will measure to 12 3/8. So I always just cut my cut mark here.I just use a chalkline. Just score this with a knife. What we do is we fill this dado joint with the Wedisealant, and be very generous with this because thats going to be your major waterproofarea here. So you basically just squeeze that into place.You want to put your first screws from the bottom of the pan. You want to be about 12away from the bottom. And the main reason for this is keeps this joint nice and tight.Because you dont want to screw this in and have this deflecting in and then pullingaway from your dado joint. So about 12 is usually pretty good for that first rowof screws. And then after that every 12. And you want to tighten these washers to thepoint that the washers indent into the Wedi, just kind of like a drywall screw. You wantto just have it recessing. One nice thing about the Wedi: If you missthe stud for any reason, youre just going to be able to apply some sealant over thathole, and itll be waterproof. So about every 12. And then when we do the nextpanel, well be pinching them both together with the washer.One thing that I did want to mention is there is no front and back to the Wedi buildingpanel.But when you see the Wedi wording on it, that gives you orientation. So wellshow you the top and the bottom, the left and right. So when you make a cut, if yousee the Wedi wording on the front, at least you know the right orientation of your cutsand whether or not they are on top or on the bottom. Now what Steve is doing here is applyingthe Wedi sealant on the top of the first panel. Thats critical to create a waterproof seam.Now hes puncturing the back of that first panel to indicate where the hole is for thepipe coming out of the wall and then cutting that hole using a 1 spade bit.We kindof forgot that the pipe was in the wall, and we applied the sealant. So we had to applythe second time to make sure that that seam is 100% waterproof.So yeah, so that really makes it easy to be able to figure out where your hole is justby puncturing back the membrane and then cutting a hole. So now you have the pipe stickingthrough here. Now you can just flash this with the caulking to make it seal around thispipe. But were probably going to end up doing that once we get all the tile in andfiguring out exactly how deep it has to be with our tile work. Okay, so when you putthe next panel in you just pinch the two together with one washer, and that makes a nice, flushtransition. I meant to mention that these building panelsare meant to be on 16 centered walls. So make sure that your framing is 16 on centeror close to it. Now lets go ahead and smooth this out.Were going to be going back over this. We dont want this stuff setting up.So we do have a niche here.And what we did we marked out the bottom of the niche. Goinside here. Were going to cut this out. So we have 34 9/16. And we put our levelmarks for where were going to cut this. Steve used a level to mark out the positionof the niche, as you can see there. And then what hes doing is cutting out the nicheusing a Fein Multi-Master multi-tool. You can also use a utility knife, but using theMulti-Master is way quicker and saves you tons of time.Now what youll do is youllpinch the screws about 1 from the edge of that niche. You can use a chalk line tocut out the rest of your boards. And wherever Wedi meets Wedi, apply a generous amount ofWedi sealant. Only use Wedi sealant. Then you can apply your next board to the top ofthat Wedi sealant. Put it in place. And then again pinch the screws between adjacent boards.This will save you screws, itll save you time, so on and so forth. From the edge ofthe top, youll always want to put a Wedi screw about 1 away from the edge on eitherside. As you can see, thats exactly what Steve is doing here. And only use Wedi screwsand Wedi washers when applying Wedi to your framing. And smooth out any sealant that oozesout between the seams. Again, Steve is marking the position of his niche and cutting it out.So for the niche, well go ahead and cut a bottom sill first.Okay, and you want tomake sure that your sill is actually draining into the shower. So if any water hits theback of the niche, if it gets underneath the tile, make sure that its level to pitchon the shower. You dont need much. Its roughly say per foot, just like theshower pan will be good enough. Just make sure you have Wedi caulking to the bottombuilding panel.And were just going to seal this bottom together. Thats just theWedi sealant. So just make sure that you have enough sealant around the perimeter of theniche. And then wherever Wedi meets Wedi make sure you have This is the most importantjoint Id say here at the bottom here, making sure you have a good caulking joint. Wellsmooth this out for now. Were going to go over this on the final sealant stage.So what our recommendation possibly for the niche if you want to get a little bit deeperof a niche, is to use the real thin board. This is 1/8 thick Wedi, so youll beable to do this in the back and give yourself at least another 3/8 in depth. So itsalways an option.Wherever Wedi meets Wedi, you want to puta nice caulking joint, especially at the bottom, and then going up the side panel as well.So lets set this panel in place. That just makes a nice, flush cut on that.Apply a generous bead of Wedi sealant to the back of the niche and to anywhere where theWedi meets Wedi. In this case, Steve is applying it on the blue part of the Wedi panel, puttingin his small piece for the niche. And then using screws and washers 3 from the top,3 from the bottom, and right at the center of the small portion of the panel.Smoothout the Wedi sealant, so it doesnt gunk up on you. We are going to apply a secondlayer of Wedi sealant later on. But as you can see, Steve is applying a nice, generousbead to anywhere where Wedi meets Wedi. Now one thing we did want to mention is you canbuy a pre-fabricated Wedi niche. In this case, the niche is so small that they didnt makea pre-fabricated one at the factory. So we had to build it using excess Wedi panel. Soyou can do the exact same thing that we did for a customized shower niche. This only tookSteve about 20 minutes for Steve to do, so it doesnt take all that long.Okay, so the most important part of this system is making sure that you have a sufficientamount of sealant in your dado joint before you adhere that panel into the channel.Sobe very generous with the amount. And thats what also is nice is to have some blockingbehind here. Now we recessed this pan below the subfloor. So I mean its your bottomplate allows it to just squeeze up against that. But its a good idea just to fillthis entire joint with sealant. All right, in where the corner where Wedi meets Wedi,you want to make sure you have a nice joint. You can see the way thats oozing onto thatjoint. That shows that you have a good amount of coverage in there. Were going to begoing back over this, but you dont want this to setup and be all clumpy in the corners.So again about 1 from the bottom and then every 1 after that.Notice that Steve ispositioning the washers on the Wedi panels, then hes going to back and screw them intoplace. You can also draw a vertical plumb line on the Wedi panel using you level anda pencil or just a chalk line. We have a port here for a handheld shower,so were just going to demonstrate how you easily be able to find where that locationis. So you usually have an area where thats at. So that makes it pretty easy to find.Okay, so that dry fits well. So wherever Wedi meets Wedi, put a good caulking joint.Wherever two panels meet, you can pinch them together using a screw and a washer. Wherevertwo screws meet in a corner, you always want to stagger the screws. And then youll seehere that again Steve is just puncturing the back of the Wedi panel and then cutting itout using a utility knife.That is so much easier than using a cement board, which canlead to you have to measure and cut it out. So wherever Wedi meets Wedi, you got to usethe Wedi sealant. Apply it to the blue portion of the board. To the corner, like Steve didthere. Youll see many of the principles that were showing you right now, wereusing over and over again throughout this video tutorial, like pinching the screws,putting them 1 from the top of the framing or the edge of the board, and so on.So after you have two walls put in, you have over half an hour of time. You can take offthe weight out of the shower.Okay, so against the bench, were goingto end up Wedi-ing this entire bench and tub surround. But for right now, were goingto just go to the edge of the shower, and were going to just notch out the Wedi sothat this sets down into the dado of the shower pan. So if youre not going to waterproofthe entire tub surround, you definitely want to come out a good 2 to 3 outside ofthe shower area and seal this down. Were going to make sure that it sits tightly toour subfloor here. Sits well with that dado channel. Again, fill this joint with the Wedicaulking. Again, make sure you clean out this joint of any thinset or any debris, and makesure that you could get adhesion to the actual foam pan. You dont want anything hinderingthis sealant from making contact with the actual Wedi. Wedi the corner. And what weregoing to here were actually going to use the Wedi caulking on the main subfloor aswell. Now there will be a waterproof heated cable system that were going to be usingon the outside of here.But were just going to seal this Wedi panel to the subfloor. Tehnwell show you how were going to complete the waterproofing of the edge of that.On this bench material, were just going to be screwing a washer about 1 away fromthe top of the edge, and were going to stay within 8-12 from the bottom ofthe panel. So just like your other wall panels, you just want to make sure that youre atleast 8-12 away from the bottom of the panel.And every 12.Okay, so on this bench any horizontal surface that you put Wedi down, you dont want touse the washers and screws and screw in horizontally. So were going to thinset this board downinstead of using any of the fasteners. notch trowel. Again, either flat side yourtrowel and burn it into the substrate first. Where the Wedi is, you want to wipe that thinsetoff and get down to the blue because youre going to want to seal the Wedi to the Wediwith the sealant, not the thinset. So with the sealant, too, you dont have to worryabout it being wet. Itll seal itself to the membrane even wet, even with a littlebit of water on it. Were also just going to back butter the back of the Wedi as well.So yeah, anything Wedi to Wedi make sure you have a good amount of sealant. Wipe the excesssealant. Smooth for now. Hopefully when youve framed it, you sloped it as well. You alwayswant to make sure that your bench is sloping into the shower, so when you tile it, if anywater gets below the tile, that youre waterproofing double the drain that water.So here we gotabout per foot. So thats about what you want. Yeah were pretty level that way.So just double check. You can always possibly build up the thinset and get that slope ifyou needed it. Wherever Wedi meets Wedi, apply your generousbead of Wedi sealant. In this case its up against the framing as well, where thebench seat is going to be, and then up the wall. And this is really important becausein this particular shower, the sprayers are going to be hitting that back wall possibly.Now water goes everywhere in a walk-in shower, so you have to make sure that youve got100% waterproof panels. In this case, the Wedi system really helps you do that. Again,what Steve is doing is placing the washers about 8-12 up from the bottom, and thensmoothing out any of the Wedi sealant that oozes out between the panels. And also going12 in between the screws and then up the wall again. Many of the principles that wevealready showed you with the other panels were using with this wall as well, all right? Sojust continue to follow these general principles, and you should be good to go.So this is your plumbing wall. I also meantto mention that you can install this panel. It doesnt matter whether the letteringson the front or the back because each side is waterproof. So it really doesnt matterwhich way you install the panel. So were just going to use our panel. Puncture thecenter. Im just going to use a 3 hole saw for my dial. You can obviously just cutthis out with a utility knife, too. But this looks a little bit nicer. Okay.So make sure you clean out that joint before you go installing some new dado. Then ourWedi meets Wedi. So then in the corners you want to offset your washers. So you dontwant to put the washer next to a washer in the corner and have that big void all theway around that corner. What were doing now is prepping for theWedi sealant. Were applying a generous bead of Wedi sealant against the framing.And then Steve is marking out the position of the joists on the Wedi panels so that heknows how to attach the screws through the panels.Okay, so we put our sealant around the edge of the perimeter of the shower where Wediis going to meet Wedi.So the biggest difference we do in a ceiling is the spacing of yourwashers. You want to go every 6 rather than every 12. And were actually goingto be putting another little piece here, so were going to put these two together. Itjust requires a lot more fasteners. To make life a lot easier with the ceiling,you can place your washers in them every 6 like Steve is doing here. Sometimes it justmakes it a little bit easier to place the washers first then drill the Wedi screws throughthem. Its up to you. Whatever you want to do is fine. But in this particular case,sometimes its nice to just have the washers in place and then screw them.So as Steve mentioned earlier, we had to place a little piece of the Wedi panel up on theceiling there. Not a big deal. Just screw your washers in about 1 from the edge.And then pinch your washers and screws in between the adjacent panel.Okay, so now that we have all the building panels up, were going to go ahead and applythe Wedi sealant to all our screw washers, all the joints and all the corners.Two toolsthat are really helpful: Wedi actually sells a corner putty knife. This makes it tremendouslyeasy to have a nice joint in the corners, keeping you from scraping out the sealantin the corner. So definitely get yourself one of these. And this is just a standard4 putty knife. And the rule of thumb is pretty much getting 2 of coverage on ajoint. So 1 on either side of the corners. So thats kind of what youre lookingfor. But its a very simple process. Lets show you how to go across. You just have anice, thick bead of the sealant. You know, Ill do this whole wall first rather thangoing back and forth with the putty knife. But you want to just dot every one of yourwashers. And then the corners. Just put a generous amount in that corner. Thats wherethe sausage gun is really helpful because you have a lot more caulking in this tube.You get a lot more done than just a regular caulking gun.Okay, so your corners.So a corner putty knife really makes a nice, sealed joint in thatcorner. So that makes a nice corner joint there. As you can see I have some of my washerthere. So you just want to make sure that each washer is completely covered. Thatswhere the flat putty knife is helpful with that. So anywhere you see those washers. Andreally anywhere you missed the Wedi screw, make sure you just apply that sealant overthat joint as well. Anywhere a Wedi panel meets a Wedi panel oryou have a screw hole or a washer, make sure you apply generous amounts of the Wedi sealantbecause this after all is what will make the Wedi panels 100% waterproof. So be generouswith the Wedi sealant. All right, so around the niche you just wantto fill inyou dont have to worry about the blue being exposed necessarily, but youwant to be able to coat this entire joint that we have between the side panel and thefront panel here.Because even if this blue is exposed, its still waterproof. Thisis actually the waterproofing. So you dont actually necessarily have to have that allcovered, but you probably will be having it all covered once you spread out the sealant.Be generous with the Wedi sealant where our vertical building panel meets up with thepan because this is where you want to make sure that its 100% waterproof. Keep inmind that the building panels are sitting down into the dado joint and alreadyhave sealant on them. So this is really a second layer of the Wedi sealant. Now in thiscase were applying more of the sealant on the bench because this is exposed to thesprays and the shower head. And also the corner between the vertical board and the showerseat itself. And then smooth out all those joints, ensuring that you get that 2 bandwithin the seams.So one of the things that I absolutely loveabout the Wedi system is, you know, a lot of times you do this waterproofing beforetiling. And you have other contractors coming in and working on the place. And its justvery easy for somebody to puncture the membrane. And what I wanted to share with youthisis just one of the washers that we have. Now imagine if you used a different type of systemthat was only just a surface membrane, and if you were to step on this, you could easilyjust puncture a membrane. But with the Wedi system, this is thick. So as long aswhatever you drop, say even a utility knife that falls into this pan, as long as it doesntactually penetrate all the way through the pan, youre safe.Its going to be waterproof.So thats one of the features about the Wedi system I absolutely love. You donthave to be as nervous about dropping a tool or dropping something that could possiblypuncture the top of the surface because youre still waterproof underneath that as long asit doesnt go all the way through the pan. And thats a very common time is betweenhaving other contractors coming in and doing different work before you do the tile. Ifyou did a sheet membrane of some sort, it would be very difficult for you to tell wheresomething was dropped and potentially where something was compromised with the waterproofing.But with the Wedi, I mean even if you dropped a good size hammer hole, you can just fillin this hole with some Wedi caulking and be good to go.Okay, so with the Wedi shower pan, itll come with these little pieces of Wedithat is made to fill in anywhere that the shower is going to be curbless.And itsreally important to use this between the subfloor and the main floor. And youre just goingto seal this in just like you do everything else with the Wedi sealant. And it seems alittle silly to have such a small piece, but the main important part about this is thatif you just fill that with sealant, its not going to have the strength it needs forsay if you have smaller mosaic tile, theres going to be a little bit of a flex. So youwant to make sure you have this little piece of Wedi embedded into this joint.Okay, so well fill that just like all the other dados. Just apply a normal 1 layersealant on either side of this. And then what we have is a Wedi subliner. And what you wantto do is So in this situation, you always want to havewaterproofing going outside of your curbless entry, at least by 3 or so, and wrappingup the sides of the liner up the wall about 4.So this is prior to obviously beforewere going to be installing the drywall, and then you have this against the Wedi. Alwaysgo 4 up above your corners, and then 4 past your seam of your shower. So you wantthis subliner coming into the shower. Now in this particular situation were actuallygoing to put a heated flooring system outside the shower. So this subliner will go overtop of that heating system after we have that installed. But I just want to reference thatif you were not going to install a heating system, you just put this straight down overthe plywood by thinsetting this and wrapping up by 4. And then you just simply cut theexcess of the doorway and allow this to flap over and into the shower.Okay, so thats it.Thats installing the waterproof Wedi shower system. And whatsawesome about it is that that took about a half a day to install this entire waterproofsystem. And I can actually get started on tiling here. Basically after you seal allthe joints, about 30 minutes after that you can start tiling. And if I wanted to do aflood test on the floor, which I do recommend, you can go ahead and flood test this showerfloor two hours after having it installed. So really theres no other system that canbe that quick. Its really incredible. A traditional way of doing this, youd beset back two, three days easy. So thats one of the major reasons I love Wedi.Andall of that, just the simplicity of putting everything together.So I hope this helps you out. I really feel that anybody can do this. You just followthese tips and the way to install it, and youll definitely have peace of mind thatyou have a waterproof shower. So thank you. All right, so thats how you build a walk-inshower. Remember if you missed the first video, you can watch that right here. It shows youhow to build out the Wedi Ligno shower pan. If you liked todays video, give us a thumbsup over here on YouTube, so that people can find it. And then finally, if youre lookingfor more advanced bathroom remodeling videos, you can check them out over on BathroomRepairTutor.com.So you can go to BathroomRepairTutor.com. Thats where we have support for DIYers;we got extra videos. Actually we have over 100 different videos for you to watch on tilingthe floor, tiling the shower, putting in waterproofing for your floor, and so much more. So again,you can check that out on BathroomRepairTutor.com.Thanks for watching todays video. Wellsee you in the next one. Take care. Have a great day..