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papajack
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« on: June 14, 2012, 03:10:29 PM »

Hi everyone,

I have been poking around here for a while and I am finally in the process of planning, in converting our master bath room for steam bathing.  We are actually hoping to convert our 3' x 3' shower and an adjacent toilet into a large two person steam shower with dual shower heads, body sprays, steam, the works.  My wife and I know that this could be a costly project and want to make sure we do it right the first time.

I am hoping to involve as little outside contractors as possible, as I am pretty good at DIY, and have access to most (I think?) tools required for the job.

I have checked out your steam shower design tool, which has been a great help, but I have some questions. 
This will be a huge project for us.  Any and all ideas are welcome, from the redesign, to anything you can think of.  I will take a pic of the space and upload when I get home (if I remember)

TIA
PJ
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Earl
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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2012, 09:55:58 AM »

Hello PJ,
Assuming you have followed the suggestions on our steam shower design tool, that is;
insulation,
plastic vapor barrier,
cement board,
waterproof membrane,
and tile;
my question to you is, what questions do you have. Rather than rambling on endlessly, which I do well I would rather focus on what your questions and concerns are.
If you're a good DIY'er then this should be only moderately difficult although you might consider an electrician and plumber for the heavy lifting.
IN any event I stand ready to assist you in any way I can.
 
 
 
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papajack
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2012, 10:42:39 PM »

Hey Earl thanks for the reply. 

I haven't been able to get a shot of the space (shower location) as I got home late and the lighting is poor (it's dark) Smiley.

I am wondering what is easier, put the steam generator in the basement and run the "steam" line up three floors, which will save me money on the wiring or run the wiring and put the steam generator in a location common to the shower, which I have read can be noisy, but a shorter wait for the room to warm up?  This has been one of largest hang ups so far.

Also if we decide to do the body sprays, will I need additional (water) lines, for the increase in water flow? If so this may affect my decision for the above.

PJ
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Earl
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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2012, 12:19:03 PM »

Good morning PJ, I have given a great deal of consideration regarding your dilemma. Either you go 3 storeys up with the water or 3 storeys up with the wire.
I understand you want to add body sprays to your shower. You may need a plumber to determine how much water pressure you have at the shower or perhaps it is something you can do yourself. Once you make that determination we can look at the steamer. My suggestion is going to be to put the generator in the basement and let the steam rise to the shower. Maintaining enough water pressure to push the water to the 3rd floor level would rob some pressure from your shower. So the generator stays in the basement and we have one less water pressure issue and a short electrical tun.
Now we have the issue of heat up time in the steam room. Generally speaking we can overcome the slow heat up time by adding a preheat feature to the generator and up sizing the generator at least one size to compensate. There is one manufacture that comes standard with preheat feature and can operate from 50 feet away which you might consider. That is the Thermasol Pro series generator. I suggest you research that a bit and let me know what you think.
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