Every once in awhile, through sauna building user engagement, I am “wow’ed” with an enhancement to the sauna building methods detailed in my ebook.
User engagement with other sauna builders has allowed me to cross pollinate different ideas and methods. No ego, but with intent to help the next guy down the road. And just as with the Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, we have the author drawing parallels to understanding the mechanics of his motorcycle as empirical learning towards other aspects of life, I have enjoyed discussing different approaches of the nuances of sauna building with others as crazy as I am.
Because my ebook is in Google doc. format (vs. printed), ever once in awhile we pick up on a better way to do an aspect of the sauna build. And thanks to the non patent process of copy & paste, I am able to share the enhancement with the next sauna builder coming down the pike.
The Ben Square Sleeper Method is a better way to slope a hot room floor.
With my ten or so sauna builds, I have always run 2x stock through my table saw to create sleepers on an angle through my table saw, sloping down to the drain, like so:
But let’s check out Ben’s sleeper method:
“Like any other engineer, I can’t help tinkering with a good design. Here is a picture of my floor slope method. I will put reinforcements at the durarock edges as well. Pieces are ripped in 1/8″ increments. Reinforcements for the edges of the durarock will also be added.”
By adjusting our table saw to rip 2x stock in decreasing widths, we create a uniform slope to the drain.
Then cut durarock and mark sleeper locations:
See how an ordained engineer uses a T square to transfer marks onto durarock?:
And an engineer doesn’t need to scratch his head to think about how to mark sleepers for small durarock cuts:
Now this is a kick ass sloped floor glued and screwed and ready for the vinyl cement skim coat stage:
A well built sauna hot room should be such that if kids want to have a hot room water fight, an adult need not have to say “Don’t do that!”
UPDATE: Feburary 2021:
Let’s check in with Mike from High Intensity Health. He has embraced the Ben Square Method, and here he is in action.