My first post here (neat site by the way). First some background: Builder of our log house was not too handy and left a lot of sloppy workmanship. Floors and walls aren't square and materials were pretty cheap. Shower and toilet mounting leaked in both bathrooms and I'm currently remodeling bathroom 1 to rectify things as best as possible. I ripped out and replaced the subfloor, sealed the edges and poured QuikLevel, removed drywall and nailed sisters on all studs for square and level. I've just started putting Hardi on the floor for shower base and floor tile. Will then put it on the walls for the shower enclosure. I have this unit waiting to go: http://www.faucetdirect.com/vigo-vg6...-base/p1350423
Instructions say nothing about setting the base in mortar. I'm within about 1/16" to 1/8" of flat on the floor, but I'd like to make sure the imperfections in the base allow the shroud to make contact all the way around. Question #1: any problem supporting the pan and edges with a blob of mortar?
The shower system is this one: http://www.faucetdirect.com/pulse-p1...-head/p1789592
Looking at the shower unit, it would appear that gets mounted to the tile backer board and the tiles butt up against its sides (as opposed to getting mounted on top of the tile). Question 2: Does that sound right? Just use silicone caulk around the top and sides?
I ordered Schluter cove for the right angle on the shower wall tile and ordered Schluter trim for the tile edge transition back to drywall. Hoping that stuff works out OK.
Question 3: Any problem using 6 mil sheet to line the studs behind the shower wall, then RedGard the walls and floor of the enclosure once the Hardi is set?
Question 4: The shower drain is a 4 1/2" unit and the actual penetration in the shower base is 3 1/2". Would it be adviseable to wallow out the drain penetration in the floor any more than just enough to squeeze the nut on the bottom of the drain through? The shower base appears to have some contouring that tapers away from the hole for several inches. I'm trying to avoid the base pivoting on the drain contour and bending it up so it isn't the low point inside the shower.
Thanks in advance for any assistance,