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Old 10-21-2012, 12:26 AM   #16
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I used it in a bath/shower that I put in back in 2004. Applying it was entertaining, it goes on pink and dries BRIGHT red; the room looked like a slaughterhouse. Then put thinset on it and set the tiles. The house is now slated for demolition (replacing it with a new house). I took a sledgehammer to the walls behind the bath/shower to see how it held up. Dry as a bone with absolutely no signs of leaks anywhere, and the tiled walls got a LOT of water across them. Tried to wedge a prybar in-between the tile and the backer to pop loose a tile or two.. no go. Broke the tile, not the redguard-to-cement board bond.

Yeah, I went overboard with 6 mil plastic on the studs, then cement board and then redguard. But I sure as hell would rather have spent the time/money on that instead of dealing with leaks and water damage later.

Best advice on tiling the ceiling.... wear a hat, goggles and keep your mouth closed. A close second was the advice that said 'pay someone else to do it'. And if you want to avoid damaging the floor or tub put something down before doing the work. I went with cutting a piece of 3/4" ply I had on hand to make a shelf that sat over the whole tub. Raised me up to a better height for doing the tiles and kept the dropped one from gouging a nice new tub.


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Old 10-21-2012, 10:07 AM   #17
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I used it in a bath/shower that I put in back in 2004. Applying it was entertaining, it goes on pink and dries BRIGHT red; the room looked like a slaughterhouse. Then put thinset on it and set the tiles. The house is now slated for demolition (replacing it with a new house). I took a sledgehammer to the walls behind the bath/shower to see how it held up. Dry as a bone with absolutely no signs of leaks anywhere, and the tiled walls got a LOT of water across them. Tried to wedge a prybar in-between the tile and the backer to pop loose a tile or two.. no go. Broke the tile, not the redguard-to-cement board bond.

Yeah, I went overboard with 6 mil plastic on the studs, then cement board and then redguard. But I sure as hell would rather have spent the time/money on that instead of dealing with leaks and water damage later.

Best advice on tiling the ceiling.... wear a hat, goggles and keep your mouth closed. A close second was the advice that said 'pay someone else to do it'. And if you want to avoid damaging the floor or tub put something down before doing the work. I went with cutting a piece of 3/4" ply I had on hand to make a shelf that sat over the whole tub. Raised me up to a better height for doing the tiles and kept the dropped one from gouging a nice new tub.
Thats some good advice! My dad always said never pay someone to do the things that you can do yourself so unfortunately thats part of me now. This project is going a little slow now but should pick up in November.

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Old 10-21-2012, 04:01 PM   #18
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i just installed a basement shower with red guard, 6mm plastic on cement pad, backer board on wood studs. shower has been in use for a few months now. so far so good. after doing the install i have no doubt about the seal.

Thanks to wkearney99 for the reassurance.

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