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Old 05-04-2011, 10:51 AM   #1
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Hello, I am planning on remodeling our shower in our basement. Probably not gonna do it myself, but I need to know what I need to get for this to happen.

First the bathroom had its sheetrock torn down due to a flood. So do I install the regular sheetrock for where the shower is gonna go? I am planning on buying a shower kit to be installed. Do I need any special insulation behind the sheetrock that is against the foundation wall? Any vapor barriers?

Also, do I need to do anything to the floor where the shower is gonna go? Right now it is just the foundation floor and the drain pipe.


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Hello, I am planning on remodeling our shower in our basement. Probably not gonna do it myself, but I need to know what I need to get for this to happen.

First the bathroom had its sheetrock torn down due to a flood. So do I install the regular sheetrock for where the shower is gonna go? I am planning on buying a shower kit to be installed. Do I need any special insulation behind the sheetrock that is against the foundation wall? Any vapor barriers?

Also, do I need to do anything to the floor where the shower is gonna go? Right now it is just the foundation floor and the drain pipe.


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Welcome to my quandry. Same thing, bathroom destroyed due to water intrusion. Demo'd my bathroom and am left with a blank canvas. Only thing that cannot be rearranged is the toilet.

I'm kicking around a cement shower or a tile-ready shower pan flush mounted on the floor. If you are going to go the shower kit route, one thing I noticed when I demo'd was someone put 3/4" styrofoam insulation behind the shower against the brick foundation. Not sure why, but my guess is both a vapor barrier and to keep it a tad warmer in the bathroom.

I strongly suggest you use green board and not regular sheet rock or drywall. Also, peg up your board a half-inch off the surface of the basement floor. This will buy you some time in the event of a future flood. Green board can handle a certain amount of moisture/water before mold and disintegration occur.

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Just my opinion, but I have to disagree. The "green" or blue or whatever color they sell gyproc should never be used on a tiled shower. The only purpose this serves is that it is mold and mildew resistant, not water resistant. Tile walls actually do require yearly maintenance, as in resealing the grout lines, and they do crack and fail over time. When this type, or any type of gyproc gets wet, it turns to mush and your wall will fail as will your new tiles. Cement board is the only way to install proper shower walls when tile is being used.
Build yourself a regular wall, with insulation and vapour barrier.
There are numerous "how-to" videos online which go into detail in regards to the shower base, but a concrete or drypack base with a liner can be a bit tricky to install the first time.
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I'm not using Tile, gonna buy a shower kit. So then would the greenboard be ok?, with a vapor barrier.
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Yes, you should be ok with the greenboard, and yes again on the vapour barrier.
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For the record, I was not suggesting you use green board in a shower or for tiling. Just for walling the room.

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