How To Remodel a Basement Bath – Part 1 of 3 (HowToLou.com)

From HowToLou.com. This video shows how to remodel a basement bathroom. A toilet is moved with its plumbing in the concrete basement floor. A custom tile sho…


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Updated: November 27, 2013 — 5:23 pm


  1. great Video.. I always watch your videos

  2. Thanks for taking the time to make this video.

  3. This guys a beast!!!

  4. Were ther any permits you had to obtain before doing this or inspections ?

  5. @TheBaller97 – I live in Indiana where no permits are required. I know, in
    some states, you would need a permit. I would ask your local authorities.

  6. @baller – no

  7. It looks like a time consuming and tough job. What we did in mine to
    relocate my bowl was to make an elevated platform to hide the elbowed PVC
    pipes rerouting it going to the new target location of the bowl. It was
    just about 11in increment in height but it made the work a lot easier and
    cheaper since we don’t have machines and tools and we lack knowledge in
    doing carpentry and masonry. The platform added an appeal for the new look
    of my bathroom.

  8. Thanks for sharing your video

  9. @Karz Navaro – Yes, a raised platform is another great way to reroute
    pipes. The bathroom in this project was fairly small, so I wanted to keep
    the floor all flat. -Lou

  10. Good job Lou. I noticed you didn’t make a “shower pan”. Can you explain
    this? What would happen if the water got below the tile? Thanks.

  11. @pumpdog28 – When you are doing a shower on a concrete slab such as in the
    basement, you do not need a shower pan. Water that seeps through the slab,
    if any, will simply get carried away by the drain tiles at the perimeter of
    the house.

  12. How did you supply water to the toilet in the new location?

  13. Sorry. I never showed this in the video. To connect the toilet in the new
    location, I ran half inch CPVC water piping from the plumbing area (utility
    room), through the wall and terminated it, in the bathroom, with a toilet
    shut off valve. I then connected it to the toilet with a standard toilet
    hookup line. I prefer the steel braided ones. They are a little more
    expensive, but well worth it. There is a picture of it at

  14. Nice job just wondering why cat the flange at 18:15 beside cat just the
    piece of the tile and replace would be unnoticeable with toilet on top

  15. Thanks. I removed the flange at 18:15 so I could lay a piece of tile over
    it. The toilet is no longer on top. It is moved to the other side of the

  16. Phillip Kirkpatrick

    Is it proper to not patch up the vapor barrier?

  17. Yes, a platform is another good option, if you have the room and don’t mind
    the step.

  18. Good question. I didn’t need a vapor barrier behind my tiles. Any water
    that seeps through the mortar joints also seeps through the concrete floor
    and pea gravel, and eventually make it to the the drain tiles surrounding
    the house. In my second floor bath remodel, I did use a rubber sheet
    (available in plumbing aisle) under the tiles to block any seepage.

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