In order for the result of the repair work to be organized with its quality, all its stages must be treated as responsibly as possible. In this case, little things do not happen, especially when it comes to working in the bathroom.
The thing is that quite extreme conditions are created in this room during its operation. This refers to high humidity, rather large amplitude of temperature fluctuations. That is why the choice of suitable materials for finishing is a rather complicated task, and it is also necessary to take into account that almost all of them require the most even base for installation.
Repair in the Bathroom
There are several ways to align walls, and they can be divided into two large groups.
Each of these options can be applied depending on the specific situation. For example, if it is decided to use ceramic tiles as a finishing material, it is better to level the walls with mixtures. Conversely, if you plan to paint the walls, it would be better to use sheets of drywall. To fully understand the essence of the process, each of the options for the work should be considered in more detail.
Remove tiles from walls
At this stage it is necessary to dismantle the old coating, if it was and clean the surface from dirt. Do not forget that if any lamps or other decorative elements were installed on the walls, they should be dismantled. It is also worth remembering that the surface intended for leveling should be treated with antiseptic compounds. This will not only protect the walls from the occurrence of fungus, but also increase the adhesion of the mixture to the wall, which will be beneficial in terms of the quality of the work.
Marking the wall before installing the beacons
After preparing the surface, needs to be tagged. For these purposes it is convenient to use a laser level, but it can be done with a simple plumb and construction level. These tools are available and effective. It is necessary at a distance of one meter from each other, draw vertical parallel lines over the entire surface of the walls. Using a laser level, you can easily check how smooth the walls are by finding the maximum bulging points - this is clearly shown in the attached video. If you work in the old-fashioned way, you will have to mark with the help of the water level and align the beacons along the horizontally stretched thread, which is more laborious.
A simple way to install beacons
After the markup will be it is put, it is necessary to establish special beacons on which alignment of surfaces will be carried out. As these elements, you can use, for example, profile slats, which are usually used when installing battens for any coating. The slats of the required length are mounted on the walls as follows:
If you undertake a job without a certain experience, it is better not to use a solution with the addition of gypsum to install the beacons, since it will grab more quickly than you will have time to level the beacon.
Plastering the beacons
After the beacons will be installed, you can proceed directly to the alignment. For these purposes, the same mixture of cement and sand is prepared, with the only difference being that some building glue can be added to it to achieve greater plasticity and hardness. The essence of the work is that the space between the beacons is filled with a mixture, after which, using the rule (you can use a segment of the same rail), the mixture is leveled. The rule moves down the lighthouse plane, thereby smoothing and leveling the surface. After the leveled mixture hardens a little, the lighthouses should be removed, and the space remaining from them should be filled with the mixture.
Alignment of walls with drywall in the bathroom
Another option is the alignment of the walls, using sheets of moisture-resistant drywall. Here it is still simpler:
It is important to remember that if you decide to use drywall, you must choose only moisture resistant option. In addition, you can add that if the wall has minor irregularities, then the sheets of drywall can not be screwed, but simply stick directly to the walls. So you can greatly reduce the time of work and facilitate them. But this can be done only with small irregularities and a difference in surface heights of no more than 3.5 cm per m 2 .
If the wall is too large, it should be prepared by roughly leveling it with a cement-sand mortar.
Only a responsible attitude to work will allow us to speak with confidence about the reliability and durability of the result.
We advise you to read:
Plaster for tiles
Patterns on the wall in the bathroom
Painted with different colors
Mosaic in the bathroom
This video demonstrates the process of plastering walls on the beacons:
See how the walls are leveling by gluing drywall to them: