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1931 Shower pan in San Francisco
1931 Shower pan in San Francisco
This particular pan had a good size fracture that had a tar like liquid membrane with a white finish coating that apparently failed.
Demolition
Down to the core.
Demolition
Finished results.
Finished results.
Found the perfect color combinations that made this pan look like 1931 all over again.
1963 Shower pan.
Before pic:Terrazzo pan finally gave out and looks cosmetically unsightly.
1963 Shower pan.
Finished results
Finished results
Broke up the grey with a retro liner and went with traditional border with a diagonal inset design.
1948 Shower pan in the Sunset district.
Drain in a bad position and needed a magic touch.
1948 Shower pan in the Sunset district.
Demolition
Demolition
Managed to salvage the impossible to find burgundy ribbon tile.
Shower pan liner from the same job
Interesting find.Usually the Sunset homes had a galvanized metal pan.
Shower pan liner from the same job
Salvaged ribbon tile
Salvaged ribbon tile
All pieces had attached mortar that needed to be detached.
Finished result.
Incorporated a burgundy liner to break up the hard to find tan color and re-installed the ribbon tile with a borerless diagonal layout with a splash of burgundy 4x4s.
Finished result.
Neo angled shower in Sunset district.
Neo angled shower in Sunset district.
1949 shower leaking.Before pic.
Finished result.
Penny tile for a "newer" look.
Finished result.
Shoddy shower pan leaking after 1 year.
Shoddy shower pan leaking after 1 year.
Mission district ,San Francisco (before pic)
Demolition process.
Screwing down cement board paneling into threshold and below pan line( a big no-no)
Demolition process.
More the same.
More the same.
The main culprit to the leak and no sealant around clamping drain.
Replaced curb and reinforced studs with wood backing for pan liner.
Critical because the rough to finish(stud to tile depth) is only 1 inch.
Replaced curb and reinforced studs with wood backing for pan liner.
A mandatory pre-pitch is critical for all shower pan repairs.
A mandatory pre-pitch is critical for all shower pan repairs.
I either mortar pitch or in this case used a pre-fabbed product that has the proper 1/4 inch per foot slope.
Also this pan was tricky as the angled wall had a waste line that was flush with studs and a protruding vent pipe that exceeded the studs.
Pan liner installation.
Mandatory water test.
Pan liner installation.
Mortar work.
Mortar work.
Additional liquid waterproofing as an option that was requested by the owner.
Finished result.
Layout design centered perfectly including the drain.
Finished result.
The drain.
The drain.
Material was a blanco carrera 1 inch hex,
1965 shower in San Francisco.
Leak that migrated to all 3 walls and curb.
1965 shower in San Francisco.
Up higher than usual.
Up higher than usual.
The reason for this was that the cement underlayment had a bad cheap mix of cement and BEACH sand ( only 6 blocks from the San Francisco beach)which contains high levels of salt and caused corrosion and underlayment dilapidation.The customer did not want to pay for total shower rip out so the above tile line appeared structurally sound.
All walls with proper backing.
Sub floor 4 inches of concrete and needed access for changing of drain.
All walls with proper backing.
Drain change
Drain change
4 inches of concrete blasted.
Waterproofing
Overlapped vinyl pan liner with craft building paper.
Waterproofing
Mortar work.
Mortar work.
Ready for tile.
Finished result.
Went with a non slip 2x2 tile.
Finished result.