Our friend came over to give Charlie a hand putting Hardiebacker in the new showers.
The master bathroom shower is about 7′-6″ long by 3′-6″ wide.
We had had delivered 4 by 8 sheets of Hardiebacker which are much, much heavier than traditional drywall but are the go-to product for wet areas that are going to be tiled which is why we’re using it in the master shower and the conservatory shower.
The shower in the conservatory bathroom is about 6′ long by 4 ‘ wide.
The greenboard ceiling was already installed when the first sheet was marked to go on the window wall of the shower.
Out friend forgot his grinder (and of course we don’t have one) so he cut the 24-inch circle for the window with a circular saw. (Circular saws are not meant to cut circles; the name derives from the shape of the blade.)
On the first try to install the Hardiebacker in the master shower, the sheet was flipped and so did not exactly line up. After turning it around the round hole matched up with the window.
With no help from yours truly they muscled the piece onto the wall and held it up with special 1-1/4 inch Hardiebacker screws which come with their own special square drill bit.
Master shower – from the photo above you can see how two people could easily fit in the master shower.
They worked on the master bathroom cutting and installing all but the small easy pieces which Charlie felt he could do by himself.
This last wall wasn’t crucial because only covering the insulation is necessary to have finished before inspection. But we’re on it.
I wanted to make sure our friend did not leave before cutting the porthole piece for the conservatory bathroom since I was pretty sure we would not be able to do it. He makes everything look easy and knows some tricks for making things work that we would never think of. He’s a humble guy though. When we mention what a building genius he is (and we mention it a lot because we’re in awe) he comes right back with “let me show you my scales on the piano”. (Charlie is a professional pianist and even I know my fingerpower exercises.) Touché!
Conservatory shower — the showers look similar but are different in size and orientation.
The conservatory shower is on the ground floor.
We’re almost ready for the inspector.
What is it you do better than anyone else? Ah, yes, there is something.