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Old 07-19-2012, 10:08 AM   #1
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Morning! Another Shower Stall Rebuild Question!


So, I've spent about 1/2 hour searching, but I can't quite seem to find what I'm looking for...

Long story short, leaky shower stall, going at the rebuild myself.

My specific question is; what sort of compound/material do I use to "join" where I cut out the sheetrock/wetboard (sorry, not sure of the terminology) with the new sheetrock/wetboard?

Or is that the wrong question and I messed this up spectacularly?

Thank you kindly,
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Old 07-19-2012, 01:50 PM   #2
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if thats regular drywall behind the tile you would be better off ripping it all out and using cement board and waterproofing it with something like redguard which is painted on or kerdi which is a waterproofing membrane. drywall is not allowed in showers anymore. from the look of the curb and the floor it wasn't waterproofed right to start with.

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Old 07-19-2012, 02:14 PM   #3
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No, it's not regular drywall, it's some cement-like material, that if you were to take a piece and break with your hands (which is pretty tough), the middle would crumble, and the I guess material, that "holds it in" is like some heavy duty gauze like material that's difficult to rip.
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was there any waterproofing behind the tile?
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Old 07-19-2012, 05:07 PM   #5
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i don't think so, just that stuff, thinset i believe, then the tiles...
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:32 PM   #6
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So, any suggestion on what I should use? Some sort of "regular" cement Quikrete mix to "connect" the two, then that membrane paint, then thinset, then tile?
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The joint is usually covered with tilers mesh tape---then covered with a thin coat of modified thinset.
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How to build a shower - Building a shower pan with pre-sloped mortar bed, liner and curb.
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Thanks, I've read this like 1,000 times!
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Well, I figured I would make this a sort of log of this project in the event other souls as I dare tread this seemingly incomprehensible task; I think probably every shower stall rebuild is a little different in some way.

So, here's where I am now:

Not sure you can see it, but while demolishing the mortar, the chisel bit accidentally went through the plywood...

So, my next plan of action (and please feel free to make suggestions and know that I hold no one responsible for opinions and suggestions! ) is:

Drop another piece of plywood, pretty much that exact same size, and affix it with liquid nails. Does that sound like a rational/good idea?
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Top view...

Note the hole on the right.

I guess I should be thankful I have great access to everything, below is the garage...
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Check out this nonsense, 2 layers of liner material (the orange layer was completely gone, just that ring); turns out sometime in 2006, someone just simply swapped out the drain/tried to repair it. How do I know? ...because behind the hardie board, between the studs, I found an empty can of Pepsi advertising the Superman movie in 2006!

Oh, and the drain was never affixed to the plywood, it was being held by simply the mortar around it...
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