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Old 02-28-2011, 02:08 PM   #1
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Total novice here. I'm about to begin replacing my fiberglass shower stall with tile. I've laid tile in the past, but nothing close to what it looks like it will take to prep a shower for tiling the floor. I'm wondering, is there an issue with just using a regular shower pan and just tiling the walls?

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I would like to thanks for this informative post. Remodeling the bathroom is a time when you can get creative in the designs and décor you select. At the easy end of the scale, you may like the general layout and size of the bathroom and the structure supporting the bathroom (joists, walls, etc.) are sound. The structural elements are still fine and you want to make surface alterations, but you also want to change the layout around.

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Here's a video that might help you out.
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/vide...639349,00.html

For the walls, you'll have to put up cement board*, seal the seams, then tile and use unsanded grout.
Seal the grout also prior to using the shower.

I'm not sure if anything is needed behind the cement board....other pro's may be able to tell us.
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A mud/tile floor is usually a bit much for a new DIY. A precast base definitely simplifies things, if the floor drain is in the same spot as the base. But select one that will last as long as the tile. Man made stone and heavy acrylics are best, avoid cheapy fiberglass units. Follow manufacturers directions, it must be level. Some recommend no moisture barrier under the base, some do, some require a mortar bed.

For the walls, insulate outer walls, cover all walls with 6 mil plastic(over base edges), then hardibacker or duroc. Seal joints. Backer board should overlap base edges, but not touch base(leave caulk gap). Snap or draw plumb/level lines to keep things straight. The larger the tile, the fewer grout joints and potential leaks. Use thinset, NEVER premixed mastic.
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Wow, thanks for the replies and the detailed information. I really appreciate it. You've helped me more than you know.

Thanks again!

And thanks for taking the time to link that video...awesome.

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Total novice here. I'm about to begin replacing my fiberglass shower stall with tile. I've laid tile in the past, but nothing close to what it looks like it will take to prep a shower for tiling the floor. I'm wondering, is there an issue with just using a regular shower pan and just tiling the walls?

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What do you mean by, " just using a regular shower pan"? What are you using as a base for this shower?
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@JustBill....Thanks for adding the correct way to do the walls.
I had a feeling I was missing a step....now I know.
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Look at the blogs on the task bar at the top of the page--there is a nice one by Bud Cline on building shower walls----also one in 'Mud"--Mike---
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What do you mean by, " just using a regular shower pan"? What are you using as a base for this shower?
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I haven't done it yet, I am still in the demolition phase

It seems like it would be way over my head to tile the floor, so I'd like to simplify things by using something like a fiberglass pan (don't know if that's the correct language), or something nicer than fiberglass.

I am removing my old fiberglass shower and want to tile the walls...not the floors because I think I will screw that up. Hope that makes sense.
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Somebody please warn him about Tile-Redi.
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There is a company that makes a plastic pan designed for tiling---It is a dangerously bad product.

Before you decide on a tiled floor --come back here and get some good advice --tiling a shower floor is a fairly advanced bit of work---there are several time tested methods---one of us (or many of us) will guide you.---Mike---
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There are many nice pre-made bases---My local counter top company makes a cast cultured marble base that comes in any color you could dream of.---Mike---
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I've read about tile readi in another thread...I actually originally asked my question in that thread, but figured instead of hijacking another person's question I should post my own.

Instead of tiling the shower floor I think I'd like to use a base like what was mentioned above. I'm not far enough along in my skills to tile the shower floor. You all have been super helpful.

Now I just have to get the old shower out

My wife's been looking at me like "you're really going to do this?!" Yup!
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When removing a plastic or fiberglass pan---I find that it is easiest to make a series of plunge cuts around the drain,using a Skill saw---

That will get the pan out of your way and leave the pipe and drain set where you can see and figure out the best way to remove it.

Removing the cup can be done with some careful Sawsall work with a metal cutting blade--Split the cup almost to the pipe and pry it apart ---Mike---
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Keep the posts coming... I'm about 2-3 weeks behind you on my shower replacement, so taking notes

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