Mortar Under My Shower Pan... - Plumbing - DIY Home Improvement | DIYChatroom


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Plumbing

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-02-2012, 02:13 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: East Coast of NC
Posts: 172
Rewards Points: 152
Default

mortar under my shower pan...


I'm installing an American Standard shower pan on an Advantech sub-floor. I'm wanting to install it using a mortar base...as I've been advised...to use the five pile method...or glop. That's on glop in each corner, then a glop in the middle. This method was suggested because then the mortar would have room to spread out. Sound good?

Before I start, I thought that I'd check in here and get some advice...like:

1. What's the best or acceptable mortar.

2. Tips on the installation.

3. Some things not to do.

4. Sub-floor prep.

And, any other helpful comments that the experts here think would help.

I'm not wanting this to go backwards...know what I mean.

I appreciate any help that I can get...

Thanks

Advertisement

Ed911 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2012, 08:46 AM   #2
DIY staff

 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Kane county,Illinois
Posts: 22,270
Rewards Points: 3,180
Default

mortar under my shower pan...


I use masons mortar----fairly dry mix-----I do use the blob method , but I make more little piles than the 5 you mentioned----much depends on the design of the pan---you want the entire base supported---so figure out the best method to get that done---

Press the pan firmly into the mud---add roofing nails above the flange to keep the pan down into the mud--

Avoid standing on the pan and flexing the pan----that will compress the mud base to much and leave you with a 'hollow' when the pan springs back----

Advertisement

__________________
New members: Adding your location to your profile helps in many ways.--M--
oh'mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2012, 09:00 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Hartfield VA
Posts: 27,710
Rewards Points: 536
Default

mortar under my shower pan...


I also would lay tar paper down on the subflooring before the morter.
joecaption is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2012, 01:02 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: East Coast of NC
Posts: 172
Rewards Points: 152
Default

mortar under my shower pan...


Thanks Mike...good advice. You too Joe. I actually hadn't heard of anyone suggesting tar paper. I'd hate to buy a whole roll for one little piece, but if it's worth it, I will.

Ed
Ed911 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2012, 01:35 PM   #5
Plumber/Contractor
 
TheEplumber's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North Idaho
Posts: 7,248
Rewards Points: 2,614
Default

mortar under my shower pan...


Quote:
Originally Posted by Ed911 View Post
Thanks Mike...good advice. You too Joe. I actually hadn't heard of anyone suggesting tar paper. I'd hate to buy a whole roll for one little piece, but if it's worth it, I will.

Ed
use plastic such as a trash bag
__________________
When posting in forums, letting us know your location will help others give better feedback/advice/solutions to your questions
TheEplumber is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to TheEplumber For This Useful Post:
joecaption (11-04-2012)
Old 11-04-2012, 04:29 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: ohio
Posts: 1,122
Rewards Points: 552
Default

mortar under my shower pan...


i use plastic and if i need to get the job done and can not wait for mortar i use speed set go to lunch for an hour then can stand in pan for walls
__________________
"be careful at listening to just one persons advise" said me
"be careful at listening to just one persons advise" said myself
p.s. not all i say is a fact but not all i say is my opinion.
jaydevries is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2012, 07:24 AM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: WV
Posts: 3,012
Rewards Points: 2,204
Default

mortar under my shower pan...


Advantech has a 50-year moisture damage warranty. I wouldn't bother with any tar paper or plastic.
md2lgyk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2012, 02:04 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: East Coast of NC
Posts: 172
Rewards Points: 152
Default

mortar under my shower pan...


Quote:
Originally Posted by md2lgyk View Post
Advantech has a 50-year moisture damage warranty. I wouldn't bother with any tar paper or plastic.
I called Advantech customer service, and you are correct according to the Advantech engineers.

I was told that since it's a one time application, that it was okay to apply the mortar directly to the Advantech and then install my shower pan...under the condition that the Advantech wouldn't be staying wet, or wet repeatedly.


Thanks, Ed
Ed911 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2012, 02:46 PM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: East Coast of NC
Posts: 172
Rewards Points: 152
Default

mortar under my shower pan...


Quote:
Originally Posted by oh'mike View Post
I use masons mortar----fairly dry mix-----
How much mortar should I buy? My shower pan is 60" X 31.25." The pan is about an inch off of the floor in the center.

Ed
Ed911 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2012, 08:46 AM   #10
DIY staff

 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Kane county,Illinois
Posts: 22,270
Rewards Points: 3,180
Default

mortar under my shower pan...


2 bags----maybe three-----depends on the size of the bag----

Advertisement

__________________
New members: Adding your location to your profile helps in many ways.--M--
oh'mike is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to oh'mike For This Useful Post:
Ed911 (11-08-2012)
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mortar shower pan over concrete Bad4you77 Kitchen & Bath Remodeling 4 03-09-2012 08:11 AM
Piece of junk, leaky shower. How can I improve it? JustinEllard Plumbing 4 10-05-2010 09:45 AM
Bathroom shower surround StevePax General DIY Discussions 0 11-12-2009 01:31 PM
How to tile around a Pre fab shower base geoffthemonk Building & Construction 1 11-07-2009 10:10 AM
redoing basement shower - basic questions (relocating drain/options I have) mslide Plumbing 5 10-28-2008 11:42 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts