Turning That Shower Into a Spa!
- September 16, 2013 by Dave Mckiever
Here’s the scenario; you have purchased your electric radiant heating system and lay it on the bathroom floor exactly the way you want it. Your confidence is high, you’re feeling good about your progress… and then you get to the shower. Now what? What do you do about that step you need to get past? You remember that there was a particular way to handle it but nothing is coming to mind. Warmup to the rescue! Here’s how it goes:
Note: We are assuming that you have already installed backer boards. Warmup highly recommends Wedi shower systems. Click here to view options.
If applicable, carefully cut the mesh from the wire. With a chisel, dig a notch in the shower step that will secure the wire. All you need to do is avoid sharp bends with the heating wire, avoiding the 90 degree up and down. This would interfere with the electrical current being able to flow and therefore cut off the heat at that point.
You can view this and other of our advanced radiant heating systems at www.warmup.com. Feel free to contact us directly at 888-927-6333 with any questions. Enjoy!
Everyone knows about ways to melt or remove snow and ice on steps and walkways after they have become slippery and require attention. Salt and sand are the usual methods, and then of course there is the traditional shoveling adventure.
At Warmup, we have snow melting products that will prevent snow & ice build-up so they do not become an issue for you. To quote Benjamin Franklin: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Our snow and ice melting cables and mats can be used under asphalt, concrete, and pavers. Automatic controllers activate the cables by readings from the temperature and moisture sensors. The systems stay on until the surface(s) are clear. Below is an example where Crain Development is installing the mats beneath stone pavers to prevent snow build-up at this residential entryway in Chicago.
The mats/cables are installed over a gravel and/or sand base.
When transitioning on the concrete base for the steps, the cable is angled along the risers.
In high-traffic areas, complete coverage is being provided, on the steps and through the walkway. But along the façade, a single strip of 2ft-wide mat was enough to provide a passage-way to get around the house.
After the cables had been tested thoroughly, the masons applied a 2” layer of mortar on the steps to lay the stonework. Landscapers followed and stamped between 1” and 2” of sand on the gravel base, over the heating cable, before laying down the stones. Until covered, protect the cables with cardboard or ½” ply.
The mats and cables come in standard sizes, and are quite easy to lay out. Key steps to a smooth job involve:
identify the location of the controller. In this case, on the side of the house, about 3ft off the ground.
Install a 9” x 9” outdoor junction box below the controller to make all the necessary connections
Route a ¾” to 1” conduit to the start of the heating mat or cable. When using more than one cable, use larger conduit, or better, route two conduits.
Finally, plan for and mark any future drilling for fencing or railings. Spray painting approximate locations on the gravel or concrete before laying the mats is a good way to prevent drilling through the wire.
The above installation is priced at about $2,900. It includes $1,550 for cables and controls, about $750 in electrical rough in and connection work, and $600 for mat installation, testing and control set-up. For more information, www.craindevelopment.com.
This week Warmup tested the Edge Strip kits, a new “peel and stick” product to provide a perimeter border around a room in order to contain a Self-Leveling pour. It removes the need for additional caulks or wood “dams”. They are made of a lightweight synthetic cork and cut simply with a standard utility knife.
Warmup often recommends to “scratch coat” the mats or cables with a ¼” of thin set mortar. This protects the wire and allows for a more trouble free tile installation. Actually, on some jobs, the tile or stone will require a very even floor (travertine, mosaics, and oversized tiles), in which case a self-leveling cement will provide even better results. The Edge Strip Kits featured in the video below offers an interesting approach to contain a self-leveling pour.
Apply peel-and-stick synthetic strips to form a perimeter around the heated area.
Install heating mat or cable within the perimeter
Pour a leveling cement to the edge of the strips (about 3/8”)
For more information, visit http://www.edgestripkits.com
When you think of floor heating thermostats, it’s hard to get too excited, right? We just want them to keep our floors nice and comfortable during those cold and chilly days. What if we told you Warmup has a state of the art digital thermostat that will exceed your expectations? One that will save you […]
It can be tempting to go for the quick fix when it comes to clearing the walkways come winter. Most people opt for Rock Salt or Sand. Both options are ineffective short term solutions for melting driveways and icy paths which have long term consequences… Did you know that millions of tons of Rock […]
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How about a little treat for Halloween? Ok maybe an iPad is a BIG treat! We are excited to launch our first ever Sweepstakes and we decided to go big with a fabulous prize for the lucky winner. Until October 31st, you can enter our Sweepstakes on Facebook for a chance to win a 3rd generation iPad. […]
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