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Old 03-20-2015, 10:26 AM   #1
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I’ve read that acrylic shower bases should be “embedded” into a mortar bed
Should that mortar bed be applied on cement board, or plywood is OK?
And does this mortar bed need to be applied with a notched trowel (in that case which size), or just flat?

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Directly on the plywood is fine as long as its solid,
To set it just put a bed down and push the base down into the mortor bed

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Some are self supporting, some come with a foam base built in.
If it is set in mortar I always lay felt paper down first. Wood in direct contact with concrete will rot the wood.
The way the mortars laid down will be in the directions with the pan or on line.
Any I've done the mortar was set in piles and the bed pushed down in it.
The piles are so there's room for it to spread out when compressed.
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So you mean a few piles regularly placed, like a screw pattern?
(Something like 1 pile every 6")?
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How far apart and how high if it's even needed will be right in the directions.
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Some are self supporting, some come with a foam base built in.
If it is set in mortar I always lay felt paper down first. Wood in direct contact with concrete will rot the wood.
The way the mortars laid down will be in the directions with the pan or on line.
Any I've done the mortar was set in piles and the bed pushed down in it.
The piles are so there's room for it to spread out when compressed.
If you use felt paper (#15 roofing felt?), does that mean the shower pan + mortar bed only "rest" on the floor, since there is no direct adhesion between mortar and subfloor?

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