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Old 01-02-2012, 10:03 AM   #1
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I am installing a 1 piece MAAX tub/shower enclosure and have read information that supporting the bottom in a bed of mortar is recommended. MAAX does install a piece of chip board to the bottom of the fibreglass to lend support but I want to do this right. I was thinking that using expanding foam might do the job, has anyone used this or think that it would work?

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Read the directions, no instrutions, go on there web site and get some.
Never use foam. as it expands it will lift or distort it and will compress when steped on.
The only time I've seen OSB used was for a protection for the bottom in shiping.

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Read the directions, no instrutions, go on there web site and get some.
Never use foam. as it expands it will lift or distort it and will compress when steped on.
The only time I've seen OSB used was for a protection for the bottom in shiping.

Avoid the foam for the reasons listed above---use grout or masons mortar--

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thanks, yes I have read the instructions and have gone to the website. I understand what the recommendations and the common method of installation is, just thinking outside the box. There are many way to do things and I since they have low expansion foam for use around windows, this wouldn't necessarily distort the tub. I don't think that the distribution of weight over approximately 12 sqft. would be able to crush the foam, even if the Mrs. porks up.

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Screwy, please only post the exact same question in one thread, one forum, thank you.

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PS. Add layer of plastic between OSB/wood and any water-added material. The OSB could suck the water out and mold.
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I am installing a 1 piece MAAX tub/shower enclosure and have read information that supporting the bottom in a bed of mortar is recommended.
So why then would you want to try to re-invent the wheel? Why not do as the manufacturer recommends?

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this [foam] wouldn't necessarily distort the tub. I don't think that the distribution of weight over approximately 12 sqft. would be able to crush the foam, even if the Mrs. porks up.
Then do it if you think your knowledge is greater than that of the manufacturers.

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Absolutely YES, I can't recall how many times.

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