The OneLiner this month. Take advantage of the promotion on every size, and every shape of the OneLiner. The prices have dropped down; it’s never a better time to find a size that fits your remodel or new shower build.
It is essential to build a curb for any open area of your shower perimeter that is not enclosed by solid-wall. Your shower door may be the only open area, in which case your curb length will be the same length as your shower door.
However, you may have an open-wall of your shower, facing the inside of your bathroom. In this case, your curb length will be the total length of your shower door, and the rest of the open wall combined.
It is essential to pay close attention to the construction of your curb. Many people may forgo giving their curb the proper materials and building technique because they assume a liner is sufficient in preventing water damage. The curb is equally important to prepare correctly and ensure that proper steps are followed:
Kirb-Perfect is a 30″ in length piece that is designed to cage your 3 stacked 2″ by 4″ pieces of wood for your curb. You then fill up that cage with mortar and you are ready to tile over top of the cage, creating a perfectly water-sealed curb. It’s very important to wrap your 3 stacked 2″ by 4″ pieces of wood with Bituthene curb seal. This ensures that those 3 pieces of wood are protected from any water damage.
Additonally, please visit this video for a complete demonstration to install Kirb-Perfect and build a proper curb with your OneLiner http://www.youtube.com/embed/8uizWiCzjgo
If you are using a PVC liner, instead of the OneLiner, you will require a Curb Waterproofing Kit. This kit acts as waterproofing for over the 3 stacked 2×4’s. When wrapping the PVC liner over your curb, there will be 2 small slits at the corners of your curb. The Dam Corners seal over these holes with the X-15 Bonding Adhesive and make sure you have a watertight curb. You are then ready to use Kirb-Perfect on top of that. For more accessories that are used with the PVC liner, click here: http://www.dixsystems.com/liner-accessories.
The preparation steps of building your shower can be strenuous but it’s one of the most important items; giving your attention to this will be well worthwhile:
It’s very important to pre-slope a shower. Forgoing this step could mean the difference between having water damage and mildew in your shower. There is a possibility that water can go through your mortar bed underneath your tiled floor. The real question is, where does that water go once it has gone through your liner? Once water has gone through your liner, it will eventually reach your sub-floor or cement floor. A pre-slope is necessary because once water has reached there, it needs to be directed to the drain area. If underneath your liner is flat – without any slope to the drain – this will cause water build-up, eventually causing mildew. This is water damage that you don’t want to have. The following photo shows the ceiling with a shower above it that has been damaged by water:
The photo below is the water damaged shower. This becomes a very expensive fix, and a lot of work.
A little frightened? The good news is: there is a solution to this!
The pre-pitch system is designed to build your pre-slope. This system enables you create your perfect slope underneath your shower liner. The pre-pitch sticks sit on top of your sub-floor, or cement floor. (Make sure you prepare wooden sub-floor with a Mortar Reinforcement Kit to prevent your mortar from rotting your wood). There are a total of 6 sticks that come in a pre-pitch package. Or, you can purchase a OneLiner Installation Kit; this would give you 8 pre-pitch sticks. If you have a larger shower size and need more coverage, you can purchase single pre-pitch sticks, these are a great price; only $5.25 each.
The best thing is that you will have a solid, properly angled pre-slope to go toward your drain.
In a shower, it is crucial to have designated areas that soaps, shampoos and other shower products can be stored. This makes functioning much easier in the shower. I have seen so many products from department stores or outlets that look nice but they don’t have the strength or backing to support the basket. The life of these cheaper-made baskets are very short-lived, it’s not something you can rely on for the long term. You also cannot clean these baskets; they end up falling apart on you, or even worse, developing rust. Some baskets that are quite low-quality end up falling off the walls and this creates a very clumsy start to your day, and an unnecessary problem.
You have a solution to all of this: The products I most recommend are the Tile Ware baskets. These are made from a strong plumber’s brass. Each basket is detachable, and washable!
The tile ware baskets avoid any penetrations or intrusions to your tiled shower, or tiled-tub surrounds. This is very important because water damage can occur with products that puncture either behind or on top of your tile. The uniqueness of this tile ware is its ability to securely mount the baskets to tiled surfaces without penetration into the interior wall cavity.
Choose from a wide variety of options and pricing: There are 3 main finishes to choose from: Polished Chrome, Brushed Nickel and Oil Rubbed Bronze and many different sizes available. Here’s simple and easy to follow instructions for Do-It-Yourselfers. Click these hyperlinks and they will take you to the written, printable installation instructions for the rectangular baskets; and the corner baskets. Do you prefer to watch installation videos? Click here to be taken to the full demonstration video for these products.
Why choose basket’s made out of Plummer’s Brass?
Brass is a highly durable material. This makes it ideal for works which require a resilient and long serving material. Once installed, fixtures will retain their good condition for several years. They will not easily crack or disintegrate.
The high versatility of brass fittings gives brass an edge over other metal fittings. These baskets also come in various decorative finishes; the end result is a pleasant display in your shower.
The Dix Systems OneLiner is used for any tiled – mortar bed made – shower. The OneLiner can be fabricated to fit any dimension and any size. There are 15 different pre-fabricated sizes, if no sizes fit your shower, one can order a custom size. One of the best things about Dix Systems is that it enables the consumer to fit their OneLiner to a specific shower size and dimension of their choice:
For any tiled shower it is important to build a mortared pre-slope. The OneLiners can be coupled with the installation kit. When contacting Dix, each agent always ensures your products will be tailored to your specifications. If more or less products are needed to build your shower bed, they always ensure each customer is getting what is required. The installation kit comes with a pre-pitch kit to lay underneath the OneLiner. A secondary quick-pitch mortar bed is also an important step in your shower installation. The quick-pitch sticks are what create the perfect slope for on top of your OneLiner.
Other pre-formed shower liners have a fixed drain location. This can be a detriment because you do not have the ability to modify your drain location. If your drain location doesn’t match the specific location of the liner that is sent to you, you’re stuck. The OneLiner solves this problem. It is made with a translucent material that allows you to determine the location of your drain and/or use your existing drain location.
The OneLiner is made of a very durable polyethylene plastic. This material is designed to withstand the worst construction conditions. It’s great to know you don’t have to tip-toe around this OneLiner, or worry about any tears or breaks during your installation.
Here is one example of what a custom OneLiner could look like: See picture to the left. Notice that the structural integrity of the liner is in tact. The walls of the OneLiner have absolutely no folds. The entire shape is completely made to fit the customer’s specifications. This liner is the only liner, in the market today, that can be made to fit such an irregular shower size. For somebody with an irregular shower shape such as this example; an advantage of the OneLiner over PVC bendable liners is the fact that installing the PVC with a shape such as this, will create folds. Folds in a shower liner are what create water build-up. Any water build-up inside the folds will not evaporate and thus cause you major water damage for the long haul. The more folds you have in a liner during your installation means a reduction in your liner’s integrity. The OneLiners play a key role in totally eliminating this problem. You end up with absolutely no folds or seams in your shower liner – because the liner is already pre-fabricated, solidly built like a pan.