How to Tile a Shower

You’ll learn how to tile a shower from a professional contractor: from laying out tile with the appropriate tools, to proper installation methods using both backer board and traditional mud techniques, to waterproofing floors and walls. 

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Lesson Plan

22 Video Lessons · 2H 29M

  • 1. Introduction

    Adam Esparza, a professional tiler in California, explains different methods of setting tile: using tile backer board, which is speedy and effective, and using the traditional mortar bed (also known as “mud”), which emphasizes craftsmanship and detail.

  • 2. Using Backer Board: How To Use a Story Pole for Tile Layout

    Adam lays the ceramic tiles on a story pole—a board that shares dimensions with the wall—so he can take measurements and envision the finished product.

  • 3. Using Backer Board: Floor Tile Layout

    Repeating the same story pole method he used for the floor tiles, Adam reviews the layout, then measures and marks the tiles before installation.

  • 4. Using Backer Board: Waterproofing Shower Walls

    Learn how to waterproof shower walls by installing foam backer board, cloth, and a crack prevention membrane.

  • 5. Using Backer Board: Waterproofing Shower Floors

    Learn how to waterproof shower floors with an uncoupling mat, V-notch trowel, and thinset. Plus: how to mix and apply thinset.

  • 6. Using Backer Board: Final Layout

    Before installation, Adam reviews the offset tile layout one last time, then safely cuts the tiles with a water saw.

  • 7. Using Backer Board: How to Install Wall Tiles

    Using a laser level, thinset, and notched trowel, Adam installs wall tiles and creates precise grout joints with tile spacers.

  • 8. Using Backer Board: How to Tile Inside Corners

    Learn to arrange, measure, and cut tiles for a clean, continuous pattern where two walls meet.

  • 9. Using Backer Board: How to Install Floor Tile

    Adam ensures each floor tile receives full and even thinset coverage.

  • 10. Using Backer Board: How To Grout Tile

    Adam notes the differences between various types of grout. He shows how to evenly grout tile and wash up for a professional finish.

  • 11. Mortar Bed: Waterproofing Walls

    Adam creates a mitered shower niche in the wall framing and installs waterproof paper and bituthene to protect the walls.

  • 12. Mortar Bed: Wall Foundation

    Learn how to apply metal lathe to the shower walls, which helps grip the mud and keep the tiles in place.

  • 13. Mortar Bed Wall Scratch Coat

    Using a notch trowel and cement mix, Adam mixes and applies the first coat of mud on the foundation, called the “scratch coat.”

  • 14. Mortar Bed: Waterproofing Subfloor

    Learn to waterproof a subfloor, which involves installing waterproof paper and metal lathe to create a sealed barrier.

  • 15. Mortar Bed: Leveling with Dry Pack

    Adam shows how to dry pack the floor: Apply a thick layer of cement and sand over the lathe to create a level bed for the tile.

  • 16. Mortar Bed: Final Wall Coat

    Adam mixes and applies the final mud coat to the shower walls. He explains which ratio of sand to lime to cement is best for a final-coat mixture.

  • 17. Mortar Bed: Wall Installation

    Learn to install wall tiles from top to bottom using a laser measure, thinset, and trowel.

  • 18. Mortar Bed: Miter Niche Exterior Installation

    Learn to install tiles around a mitered shower niche for a seamless pattern.

  • 19. Mortar Bed: Shower Niche Interior Installation

    Adam tiles the back interior of the mitered shower niche, measuring, cutting, and placing the tiles in a continuous pattern.

  • 20. Mortar Bed: Shower Niche Side Installation

    Learn to install tile inside the mitered niche by using thinset and mud for tightly sealed corners.

  • 21. Mortar Bed: Floor Installation

    Adam shows how to tile a mortar bed floor, which includes applying thinset, laying tiles, and cutting the pieces so the layout fits the space perfectly.

  • 22. Conclusion

    Patience is key to honing one’s craft. Adam shares advice for becoming a professional tiler, and how to follow your passion.

Who it's for: This course was designed for individuals seeking an entry level installer position or working professionals interested in learning how to complete a proper tile installation from start to finish.

Key Topics

  • Using tile backer board

  • Installing tile in mortar bed

  • How to lay out tile

  • How to tile corners

  • Tiling a shower niche

  • Waterproofing tile floors

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