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And that bench sat on the ground in the laundry room for 3 months waiting till we were done enough with the bathroom so that we could actually install it. Well my friends, that time is now
We wanted it to go on the larger wall that shared the shower faucet. Sitting here will be nice because the water won't blast me so it won't wash off shaving cream or get water all in my eyes. Plus, there's a larger area on this wall for it
The directions were of course not super helpful in that they indicated we should install the bench 11.8" on center. Really, 11.8 inches? What the hell tape measure do we have that gives tenths of an inch?
Luckily the stupid directions didn't deter us too much.
To figure out the height of the bench I sat on the toilet, figured that was a good height, and then measured the distance from the top of the pot to the ground. We're very scientific. Chris held up the bench to our desired height and we marked it off
Then it was time to drill for the brackets
We used our handy dandy tile bits and went right through the tile for the first hole
The instructions called for the bench to be drilled into blocking for support, so after we had the first hole drilled we went around into the laundry room and installed our blocking. The instructions suggested using a 2x6, but we went with a 2x8 because we had one in our scrap wood pile
Once the blocking was in we went back around to the bathroom side and drilled the remaining holes (we only needed to drill for 3 because of how we were installing it, but we did 4 just to be safe for extra strength)
After the holes were drilled Chris squirted in some silicone into the holes as he was installing the brackets to help waterproof the area
Then, after the brackets were installed he squirted silicone all around the brackets for waterproofing again.
After that, the hard part was done. Chris popped on the bracket cover and installed the bench
Chris made sure it was level and then installed the bolts to hold everything in place
And again, we went for more waterproofing :) This time around the edge of the bracket covers
There is officially no chance one drop of water is getting anywhere near inside of the bench or the wall.
The last task was sealing the bench
2 coats went on to make sure it holds up against the water really well, with 72 hours wait before we could shower in there again. Doh! I miss the showers... :( Soon again though, soon :)