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Old 02-19-2012, 08:10 PM   #16
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morter i put a layer over floor or slumps depending what will work best with what bottom of pan or tub looks like

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Old 02-20-2012, 01:17 PM   #17
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OK...more questions.

It seems like a mortar bed is the best bet for underneath the shower base. What brand/name am I looking for? I have some Ultraset 2 left over from my kitchen tile job...is this ok?

I have about 18" of drywall above the old shower unit? I obviously need to cut some of this away to expose and install the flange...but is it necessary to rip it out all the way to the ceiling? Can I cut out what I need and just tape/mud a new piece to the drywall I left at the top?
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:18 PM   #18
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any of these will work your shower is only a 42 inch so 60 # should be plenty mix it a little wet so it flows easy when you press down to level it

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/cata...7&N=5yc1vZbogd

as far as drywall that is what ever way you feel will be easier to finish one factor is if you have texture ceilings then i would not go all the way up
also use a mold guard board

http://www.lowes.com/pd_269117-325-1...7C1&facetInfo=
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:04 AM   #19
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Thanks Jay!

Next question: I'm pulling out the old shower control (built into diverter so both are coming out). I am going to put in a new diverter and control. What is the best method/parts for someone without soldering experience. I have PEX tubing for cold, hot and shower sprayer?
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:29 AM   #20
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i to have had no soldiering experince on pex it is melting

methods available crimping or stab in fittings both sold at box store

i sent a link so you can see the two the crimp ring that i have in link is the style that i recommend for diyers due to only needing one crimp tool to do multiple pipe sizes and the sharkbite at hd and gatorbite lowes are the stab in fittings

since it is just a shower valve get one that has 1/2 npt threads on it and buy pex fittings that will thread on to them make sure to use thread sealer "tape or paste"
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:14 PM   #21
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OK...a couple more:

1. The new shower stall sits back a bout an in and a half farther back than the previous one. I have a gap between the shower pan and the vinyl floor. Any ideas? A ginormous quarter round?

2. Manufacturer says only screws are needed to pin the tabs to the studs...my instinct tells me to use liquid nails (or the like) at the places where the shower walls make contact with the studs. Bad idea?
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1 best option redo floor there are some new flooring out that is easy to install and water tight seams and reasonable price and long lasting here is a link to one called allure
http://www.homedepot.com/Flooring/h_...searchNav=true

2 do not glue to studs walls are thinner than base usually which means they might expand and contract with temp of room and water and some glues long term can weaken fiberglass rosin
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also use a thin head screw i like to use what is called a lathe screw or modified truss head hd and lowes sell them
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/cata...&Ntpr=1&Ntpc=1

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