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Old 06-04-2009, 02:34 AM   #1
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Here is what I got. The home I purchased was custom built for a man that was in a wheelchair. That includes the shower. Its very wide and low level with a seat that folds down in it. I would like to rip out the shower and tile the entire shower in. My question is if I take out the shower do you need some kind of backing before you start to tile? I would think it would need something to resist moisture but I'm not sure and I don't like asking the kids who make 7 bucks and hour at lowes depot. Thanks for the help.

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The usual backing for tile from the studs out is--moisture barrier(often 6mil plastic, 1/2" cement borad or hardibacker backer board(seal all joints with thinset/mesh tape), thinset cement, then tile. The backer board will sit on the outside edge of the shower base or base membrane waterproofing.

But why tear out a perfectly good shower??

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Check out the Kerdi system of building a shower....DIY friendly...a bit more expensive to begin with...but superior finished product. Here's another thread...with more detail...shower pan questions
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The usual backing for tile from the studs out is--moisture barrier(often 6mil plastic, 1/2" cement borad or hardibacker backer board(seal all joints with thinset/mesh tape), thinset cement, then tile. The backer board will sit on the outside edge of the shower base or base membrane waterproofing.

But why tear out a perfectly good shower??


The shower is a handicap type shower. It has a very low bottom in order to get a wheelchair in. Usually end up with some water on the floow when your in there.
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The shower is a handicap type shower. It has a very low bottom in order to get a wheelchair in. Usually end up with some water on the floow when your in there.
If that is the only concern, you could always just build a curb.
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