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Ok, guys.. it aint funny.


Anyone have a good source for the lighting fixtures?

I just ripped out my entire master bath down to the sheetrock walls... Yeah, I had a "leaking" shower pan..major rework.

I've got some idea after much research on how to do the pan, I've got good advice from some board members, too...

I'm looking for some new "lighting" options... Wife likes the 3 fluorescent pendants I installed... now we are thinking of going to two "vertical" wall mount type... about 24inches long....

The general theme is "brushed nickel"...for the fixtures..

So, help a guy out here... does anyone have a good source for the lighting fixtures?
 

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Just finished with a down to the studs project.

http://www.kichler.com/
Good products used in a lot of new homes in this area.

http://www.elights.com/index.html
We bought from eplumbing, I think this company is related. Good prices and delivery.
We went with brushed nickel also, don't ya know it has to be the most $$.
 

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Thanks, Guys!
Yeah, I'm at the wall studs....what's left of them.... gonna have to replace some of them.. even the toe plate!

I'm looking for fluorescent lighting, switches, etc..

We have the plumbing fixtures and I ALMOST have my wife settled on a specific plan for installing tile....
 

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I would suggest checking out the John Bridge Forums for any information regarding tiling. I found them extremely helpful over there when I renovated our bathroom a couple of years ago.

Tiling a shower correctly is critical, particularly all the prep. work.

John Bridge Forum

Good Luck,
Kevin
 

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kevincook said:
I would suggest checking out the John Bridge Forums for any information regarding tiling. I found them extremely helpful over there when I renovated our bathroom a couple of years ago.

Tiling a shower correctly is critical, particularly all the prep. work.

John Bridge Forum

Good Luck,
Kevin

WOW!!!! Thanks Kevin!
 

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cfell said:
Thanks, Guys!
Yeah, I'm at the wall studs....what's left of them.... gonna have to replace some of them.. even the toe plate!

I'm looking for fluorescent lighting, switches, etc..

We have the plumbing fixtures and I ALMOST have my wife settled on a specific plan for installing tile....
When you finish,I know, I know, with a wife supervising,you are never done,feel free to come on over and advise us. My wife is deciding what room to tackle next. Pretty sure it's the bath.

dan
 

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When you finish,I know, I know, with a wife supervising,you are never done,feel free to come on over and advise us. My wife is deciding what room to tackle next. Pretty sure it's the bath.

dan
Hey, Dan! Well, I got it all ripped out in a day....just a shower, cabinets, throne and cabinets... The demo is the nastiest... but I'm very qualified with a HAMMER!! hahahaha!!!
 

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I ripped a bathroom down to the studs once. That wasn't so difficult. Actually putting up the wall board and tiling, that was another story. A home project is really satisfying, but the tiling was beyond my abilities so I ended up contracting it out.

Anyway, one place you might want to check out for bathroom hardware is Interknobs.com. They have knobs, of course, but also sinks and tubs (whirlpool tubs). No lights, though. They advertise on liberty-oriented podcasts, and reading your views, I thought you might like to support them.

Have fun Channing.
 

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cfell said:
Ok, guys.. it aint funny.


Anyone have a good source for the lighting fixtures?

I just ripped out my entire master bath down to the sheetrock walls... Yeah, I had a "leaking" shower pan..major rework.

I've got some idea after much research on how to do the pan, I've got good advice from some board members, too...

I'm looking for some new "lighting" options... Wife likes the 3 fluorescent pendants I installed... now we are thinking of going to two "vertical" wall mount type... about 24inches long....

The general theme is "brushed nickel"...for the fixtures..

So, help a guy out here... does anyone have a good source for the lighting fixtures?
If someone makes it... they'll have it. Prices aren't bad. Bought everything I needed there when I did a double bathroom redo about 4-5 years ago. As an aside, I will buy another house and move before I do something like that again - what a P.I.A!

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Before I got involved in this motorcycle stuff I was a remodeling contractor who specialized in bathrooms and kitchens for 20 years.
Is there any way you can use a ready made shower pan such as Swanstone? Building a showerpan really requires experience. I ripped out quit a few that do-it-yourselfers did. I'd hate to see you go through something like that!
 

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Hey, Nick, thanks for that tip!

Since I'm resizing and reshaping, I checked for a "professional" and new kink like Swanstone... no vendor here could help with the measurements I have to work with. So, I'm stuck.

Do you know if Swanstone has someone who will take "special" orders?

Thanks, pard!
 

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I finished remodeling the bathroom in January. Took it to the studs and bought a 6 ft long 2 ft deep tub and built a bathroom around it. Kohler computerized shower tiles with pex tubing connecting them to the controls. It is kind of like being in a car wash. I did all the work except for connecting up the faucets. That way the SO can complain to him if it leaks. :) I would have finished the tilework sooner, but I got the LT last August.
 

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cefell,
For your shower pan, get some 2 x's and a sheet of plywood.
Make yourself a form out of the 2 x's and plywood.
Purchase a sheet of copper at least a foot larger each way than you need so it will turn up the wall at least 6"'s.
Lay the copper on top of the form and bend/ hammer the copper over the form. For two bends you might be able to take it to some place that has a metal break to get them bent. You will have to do the other two yourself.
Be sure and do a good fold on the outside corners. You might even want to get the corners brazed. Before installing, fill with water and let her stand over night to see if you have any leaks.
 

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cfell said:
Hey, Nick, thanks for that tip!

Since I'm resizing and reshaping, I checked for a "professional" and new kink like Swanstone... no vendor here could help with the measurements I have to work with. So, I'm stuck.

Do you know if Swanstone has someone who will take "special" orders?

Thanks, pard!
I do not think that Swanstone makes custom shower pans. You would have to go with the sizes that are available. We always tried to steer away from building pans as the labor expense was very high. Can't you build your new shower to the size of a stock pan like a 36" x 48" or such? You might be able to find a Corain fabricator to build a solid surface pan to your dimensions.
I can't over emphasize how difficult it is to build your own pan and to do it correctly. I'm sure you'll get lots of opinions here just like we do on every subject but if I was you and you go that route I would contract it out.
One thing I would suggest if you decide to build your own is to use PVC material as opposed to any kind of metal. Ripped out quite a few copper and lead pans that got destroyed by electrolysis between the cement and the metal.
 

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I built up a neo angle shower, on a concrete floor. Nick is right, use the heavy bituthene shower pan liner material from Home depot. you can see it on the right side of pic 33. I also put in over 300# of concrete, PT 2 x 4's to frame the curb, and concrete board on the walls before the tile.

tile is tumbled slate, and looks very much like the rocks along the Maine coast.

I now have V match # 1 pine on the walls.
 

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