APRIL 2011                                      Click on (most) images for a larger view.


Plumbing... some electrical... custom shower work... a busy month!
 
Shark Byte fittings are amazing. Expensive... but amazing. Two expansion tanks are needed to accommodate the planned
solar panels.
Use a junction box to power the water heater and don't forget ... to insert a protective bushing in the end of  the shielded cable...
       
your electrical inspector
will call you on it.
All the plumbing is in place so... we are ready to hoist "r2d2" in place light but awkward...
one step at a time...
       
planning pays off, a perfect fit! Soldering the copper overflow... it is the one place where we decided to go back to copper piping.
   
making sure the earthquake strap
is fastened securely
our timer turns the HWT on for 2 hrs/day day during low peak hrs thermo siphon in place, mixing valve in place, the tank is operational and so it's back to dry walling...
       
and more mocking up... and soundproofing the guestroom bathroom ceiling and walls... cutting out for the bathroom fan...
     
Aqua board on the ceiling... Time to install the shower rough in. This is a good time to re-familiarize ourselves with the mixing valve and its internal workings... so we've laid everything out for review.
   
Checking for blockages in the mixing valve, metal spurs on threads of the tub filler cap and confirming all alignments before crimping in place.
 
last minute check of shower fixtures... before we go upstairs to fix a slow leak on the water heater fittings... we're sure we over tightened it in error.
 
 more sound proofing of the bathroom ceilings and wall... before we focus on the shower stall we cut down the drain pipe above the slab...
 
If we get this wrong it's jackhammer time!!!!  Good job! preliminary curb layout... cutting and milling the curb...
     
pre-drilling the curb board... using anchor bolts... careful measuring and squaring... marking percussion drill depth...
       
Once we were ready to fasten the curb to the slab we thought it best to glue the kerdi-drain into place. It's another scary spot. If the gluing goes wrong, it's jackhammer time to fix it... so we thought it best to get that accomplished before we invest more time in the curb. As you can see we used a couple of straight 2x4s with shims as a gauge to level the drain as we glued it. A delicate procedure that you only get to do once. Success!
 
hammer drilling the holes... Using redskin as a vapour seal (so wood is not against concrete) and fitting the bolts...
   
lining up the bolts with the holes and tapping them in place... using a wrench to tighten... next layer milled to recess the nuts
     

The final size of the curb is planned to be 3-1/2" so the wood section is only 2-1/2" to leave room for 2 x 1/2" of green e-board later. The bolts ensure that the curb is firmly clamped to the concrete and will not rock when stepped on.

glued and screwed into place with corner overlapping the first layer. We also built a cover for the kerdi drain to protect it

 
We ended the month by installing the 3/4" plywood sub floor in the guestroom bathroom...
 

laying 3/8" P-2000 as a
vapour barrier and insulation.
would you trust this man with a skill saw? Good thing I love him so. full plywood support under the
toilet insures no flexing.
Our YouTube video on how we secured the plywood to the slab...
       
you want a strong floor for
support under the toilet
the rest of the bathroom gets strapped as usual The lights have arrived. A fun diversion was mounting the outside light
even though we did not have power to them yet.
     

Finishing off the subfloor... taking extra care to glue the edge where it meets the curb of the shower. The StoneCraft will provide a waterproof seal on the bathroom floor and it helps to maintain that seal if there is no flexing between the floor and the curb when you step out of the shower.

       

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