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Old 06-17-2008, 11:38 AM   #1
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I have a 2nd floor bathroom that I want to put a tile floor. Since I have had problems with kids spilling lots of water and ruining the ceiling below and since I will have a washer/dryer up there now too, I installed a drain on the low spot of the floor and am treating the floor as a shower pan, with membrane, and metal lathe, now I am at the point where I need to put mud and perfect the slope to the drain. Will quickrete (No.1102) work for this purpose or do I use the Flexbond thin -set mortar that I was going to use to lay the tile down? I was recommended both for shower pans by different workers at the store.

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Old 06-17-2008, 12:26 PM   #2
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This is the day for mud pans ;-)

Check this out.

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Neither. The pan's mud should be a sand/portland mix. 3 parts clean sand, 1 part portland. You can buy it pre-mixed in dry bags at tile suppliers. You mix it to a very, very dry consistency (1 quart latex and 1 quart water per 80lbs. It is packed in place and screeded off. Looks and finishes nothing like normal concrete or thinset.
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That's a great article RippySkippy posted. And, it is written by a tile authority.

Looks like I wasted my money on latex additive, but it worked great!

The pics in that link really illustrate the consistency you're looking for.
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Just for the sake of being in the plumbing section..... did you get a trap primer on that floor drain?
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Just for the sake of being in the plumbing section..... did you get a trap primer on that floor drain?
Good idea, but does he need one?
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Good idea, but does he need one?
My codebook says he does....

Floor drain or similar traps directly connected to the drainage system shall be provided with an approved automatic means of maintaining their water seals.

1007.1

Not sure if that is part of the UPC or an amendment, however..... but it's there.

Even if you don't need one to meet code, if it were mine, i'd do it anyway.
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I had to look that one up in the IRC/IPC. You're right, unless a deep seal trap is used. I learned something today! Thanks!

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