How to Build a Neo Angle Shower Pan

  • 4-8 hours
  • Beginner
  • 100-150
What You'll Need
Shower base
Thinset mortar
Clear silicone
Deck screws
Liquid nails for tub surrounds
Masonry drill bits
Cordless drill/driver
18-inch channel lock pliers
Jig saw with carbide blade
Reciprocating saw
Notched flooring trowel
24-inch level

A neo angle shower pan has 3 major sections, which includes the base, the glass front, and the shower surround that is glued to its walls. Installing the base is the trickiest of them all, but you can surely do it on your own. All you have to do is to prepare the materials and tools required to keep you going with the shower pan building.

Set the Shower Pan

Use a multi-layered approach to build a neo angle shower pan. Employ a mortar bed and a waterproof membrane. Set the shower drain, which is the place intended for the water to go out. The top half acts similar to a regular drain, while the bottom half offers backup drainage. Place the supporting overhang of the drain precisely on the subfloor. It should be kept in place, along with the mortar that you will install later.

Install Neo Angle Shower Pan

Install first the shower pan lining. Use a chlorinated polyethylene (CPE) sheet membrane in the shower pan liner, because it bonds with itself in order to create any shower pan dimensions. Put blocking among the studs surrounding the entire pan area perimeter, ensuring that the blocking extends 1-inch higher than the upturned pan sides. Ensure that every fastener is flush or countersunk.

Once you are sure that it fits right, loosely twist the membrane clamping bolts to the drain’s lower half and run a rubber sealant surrounding the lower drain lip. Place the membrane above the shower floor and lower it into place. When folding and creasing the excess material, clip it with the wall blocking, holding the entire staples within one inch of the highest edge. Apply sealant among the corner folds’ layers to clasp tight the material alongside the wall blocking.

Install the prefabricated dam corners. Use 2 1/8-inch beads of sealant, which are spaced .5-inches apart with the pan membrane, then utilize a trowel to place the dam corners with the sealant. With the membrane intact, place and tighten the bolts and cut a hole inside the membrane to unlock the pan towards the drain.

Finish the Installation

Allow the mortar floor to float. Before installing the mortar bed, loop the adaptable drain screen to the clamping ring drain’s body and set it at the ended height of the tiled floor.

Place pea gravel surrounding the drain’s base to avoid the deck mud from pushing the weep holes. Drift half of the entire deck mud then put a part of reinforcing wire. Then wrap the wire with the leftover deck mud. Use the 13/13-gauge 3x3-inch mesh, or 16/16-gauge 2x2-inch mesh. Next float the neo angle shower pan to its finishing slope.

The mortar bed’s finished height should be 1/16-inch over the floor tile drain’s top, 1/4-inch under the wall tile’s bottom rim. Level the front edge top of the wood float so that the shower pan rides with the wall tile’s bottom edge that you installed. Allow it to dry for 24 hours, then test for leaks and proper function.