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Old 06-25-2008, 03:13 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by heatherfeather View Post
KCTermite - Do you have any photos? I live in OP. I can't e-mail you directly as I'm too new to the board.
Small world Heather. I live in Mission. The schluter system is supposed to be really an awesome way to go. I didn't use it on the shower I'm still working on in my own home, but I think it would have saved me some time. I used a topical waterproofer (2 coats) that paints over the cement board, called ProGuard HDG.

I got a lot of good guidance from the folks at the Tile Shop at Nieman and Shawnee Mission Parkway. I hadn't ever done a shower with a tile floor, so I sought out all the advice I could get. I don't think they sell Schluter, but they are definately pros, and are willing to give good advice from my experience.

I don't have any pics of my shower prior to pouring the mud bed. I have pics of the completed mud bed that I can post if you like, but it isn't the same system you're using.

You'll find that this is a slow process. I've been working on my shower and bathroom tile so much (I've been tiling for 4 hours each night and both days of each weekend for 3 weeks and just finished the tile) that my wife has begged me to take a few days off to relax. Keep your project as simple as you can and it will go faster!


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Old 06-25-2008, 06:35 PM   #17
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KcTermite - Angus posted the link to your slate shower. It looked beautiful! After our basement flooded two years ago when we got 6 inches of water overnight and our sump pump quit, we yanked out the carpet and I laid a slate floor on half the basement floor. The Tile Shop - in fact the one you mentioned - taught me how to do it. It came out beautiful but was very time consuming. The tile varied so much from thick to thin that I had to really back butter some pieces to get it to be level. My biggest problem was that although I sealed the slate before grouting, I still had a horrible time removing excess grout. After that was done, I laid a marble floor in the basement bath and put subway tiles midway up the wall. It completely changed the look of the bathroom and we all love it. I finished everything the day before the guys came to lay the carpet in the rest of the basement!

I went to the Tile Shop at 119th and Metcalf and a wonderful woman spent an hour with me showing me how to do a mud floor. If it was my house, I would go the mud route, but I need to do the easiest thing at my parents'.

Take good care and thanks! Heather.
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Old 06-25-2008, 09:36 PM   #18
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The Schluter folks told me that a 3/4" subfloor would be fine underneath the Kerdi prefab pan. I called to see what thickness the floor needed to be since I couldn't find it anywhere.

Currently, the place where we are building the shower is in the middle of the old living room. When we pulled up the carpet, we found a tongue and groove hardwood floor that as far as we can tell, has always had carpet on it. The house is about 50 years old. I can rip out the hardwood floor under the shower and put down 3/4" plywood, or I can just build the shower on top of the hardwood floor (mucho easier!).

Any thoughts?



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