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Old 07-18-2008, 03:17 PM   #1
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I am remodeling a bathroom because I found a little mold under the tile. I have completly torn everthing out- tub, corner shower, tile walls. I am installing a 72" air tub that will be a shower combo, with Travertine on the walls. I feel comfortable doing most of this but have a few questions that I need help with.
1. what thickness backerboard do I use behind the travertine? Does it need screen or can I install it like the tile I removed? I have done tile work but do I treat travertine the same?
2. The marble on the tub decking has to be angled so the water flows back into the tub. I'm thinking I will get a pro for this. Is it as hard as it seems it would be, to get a slight angle and still look good?
3. I have to underlay(?) the tub. Do I install it like it is a drop in and let the marble installer take over? Or is there a different install for this type?

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First what are your plans about waterproofing the walls. And how thick and what size are the tiles?

IMO cbu only comes as half-inch, which is what I would use. Proper-sized trowel notch to suit the tile thickness, a bit of patience and a good plan for waterproofing, you're OK. You can also set the sloped tiles at about 4% using thinset.

Don't quite understand your third question; maybe someone else will.

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Waterproofing should be your #1 concern especially at this point. Ever watched Holmes on Homes? The system he uses is unfallable. Check out Schluter.com. They have excellent products for waterproof membranes for exactly this application. DITRA and KERDI. I think you can get away with 1/4" cement fiber board, then apply membrane and stone can be applied directly to membrane. I would check out the Holmes on Homes website episode EP5061: Taking a Bath. While you have it all apart you may as well put it back together to last forever. Don't know much about sloping the tile but should be fairly simple if you have patience and plenty of thinset.
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... I think you can get away with 1/4" cement fiber board, then apply membrane and stone can be applied directly to membrane.
No, you can't. But good advice about Schluter products!
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2. The marble on the tub decking has to be angled so the water flows back into the tub. I'm thinking I will get a pro for this. Is it as hard as it seems it would be, to get a slight angle and still look good?


I don't understand why you would slop the tile on the deck. Is it a deck mount tub, drop in ?
And I like 1/2" Wonder board or duro rock. make sure you use fiberglass mesh tape and thin set to cover all seams and corners,
Could you post a picture of the tub?? it would help. BOB
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I don't understand why you would slop the tile on the deck. Is it a deck mount tub, drop in ?
Right. I've never seen an undermount tub......

I assume the tub will sit on top of the deck. What will sloping the tile towards the lip do other than have any sloped water sit next to the lip?

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