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Old 01-06-2009, 03:46 PM   #16
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The house was built in 1930 so it is possible that it could have asbestos- I was worried about the floor when I tore that up but it ended up being OK...
Thanks for the tip- I didn't know that the adhesive itself could have asbestos in it...
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Pour mastic romover on the glue and squeegee it up then repeat. It may be a little dark, but this should give the stain more character.
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I have a similar kind of question. My second floor tile shower has a mystery leak, noticeable on the ceiling below. In doing an autopsy of my shower, I discovered that it is made of four inch concrete walls reinforced with wire. Over this appears to be a layer of portland cement in which the tiles are laid. I am trying to decide what parts of the shower I want to replace, since I'd like whatever I do to last at least the next twenty years. These are the options, as far as I can tell:
1) retile just the damaged areas (a few tiles along the lip and two cracked tiles in the shower floor). Patch a few areas where the grout has deteriorated (an especially significant gap between the floor and the curb inside the shower).
2) take out the entire shower floor to replace the pan, which may or may not be leaking. I am wondering if a shower pan leak is even possible in such a sturdy concrete shower, but a handyman came over and said there is a possibility it is the pan.
3) Retile the entire shower. . this seems like it would require a lot of skill, since I have read that the guys who set tile in portland cement were real masters of the craft. Is there some kind of alternative?

So if you were in my shoes, what would you do? I like stuff to be well-built and last a long time.

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Old 01-08-2009, 07:52 AM   #19
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A leak is not a good thing. The leak could be the pan or somewhere with the drain. Instead of spending time and money replacing just tile, I'd considering removing the entire thing and starting over. Sorry, that's probably not what you want to hear.
Although, installing brand new might not be as hard as you think. You are learning first hand the importance of waterproofing. Take a look at his:
http://www.schluter.com/8_4_kerdi_shower_kit.aspx
and watch this:
http://www.schluter.com/7207.htm (click on each section to the right)
If you have some tiling knowledge and the itch to DIY, this may be your answer. It's what I use to build showers. Done correctly, it will last 20+ years no problem!
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Hi Angus, thanks! I have noticed many references to the Kerdi system when I began researching what to do with my shower. Are you paid by Schluter at all? I'm a natural-born skeptic, so I just have to ask that. So, would I need to take out the four inches of concrete shell and strip the whole thing down to the studs? It really does look effective! And there goes my spring break!

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I have nothing to do with Schluter. I own a kitchen and bathroom remodeling company. I can choose whatever products I want to use. I can tell you that the Schluter products are the best I have found. Others may disagree.
I will not start the debate about which is better, a mud bed or a Schluter pan. There is nothing wrong with either. Personally, I choose the Schluter because of its ease of installation.
I suggest removing the pan because of the leak. Unless you are 100% sure you can fix the leak, I'd pull it all out. You can wait and get the opinions of other tiling pros here. Bud Cline and Jazman (and a few others that pop in from time to time) are very experienced.
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