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DIY made easy! Create a shower hob After the surface is primed, mark out the area of your shower hob. A standard shower hob is 900mm x 900mm, but a larger size of 1200x1200 is great if you have the room.

Step 1 Start by measuring from the walls then out onto the floor, and create a line using a straight edge. Make sure the measurements are parallel and square to the walls. To check you have got it square, measure from corner to corner. Step 2 Build the hob with hebel blocks. You can pick these up from most Beaumont Tile stores. Cut the hebel in half with a handyman saw. Step 3 To stick the hebel down, we are using Abascreed. Pour in the water first to create a sloppy mix. Add the mix along the lines that were drawn earlier and push the hebel down into the cement. Add cement on the ends of the hebel blocks to bind them together. Once this is done, check the levels and remove any excess cement before it dries. Step 4 Before you make the screed, its important to mark the fall towards the grate drain. Australian standards state that you have to have at least a 10mm fall every 600mm. We have a 1200mm showerbase so we need at least 20mm of fall.

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Create a shower hob Step 5 To pour the screed, tip the pre-mixed bag into the shower area and create a well. Pour in the water and mix it in. A good way to test the consistancy is to grab a bit with your hand and let it go - it should stay together. Step 6 Repeat this process untill the base is full, and use a level to even out the surface. Don’t forget to ensure the screed lines up with the marks of the fall that were created earlier. Step 7 Once the screed is dry, sweep the area and prime it once more. Then use a Neutral Core Silicone Sealer in all of the internal corners of the shower including the walls, the floor and the hebel. Note: Do not use any other kind of silicone.

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