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Old 01-08-2009, 01:27 PM   #16
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I probably wouldn't do just the base receptor.
This might just be my main problem - hiring a contractor to just do the base.

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Old 03-17-2009, 10:13 PM   #17
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This might just be my main problem - hiring a contractor to just do the base.

I appreciate your insight and help.

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I've called tile stores and gotten prices of between $250 and $600 for a custom built shower pan ready for tile (33"x60"). This is in Northwest Indiana.
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Old 03-17-2009, 11:56 PM   #18
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Thanks Quickdraw. I figured it was somewhere in that range.
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Old 03-19-2009, 02:50 PM   #19
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Thanks Quickdraw. I figured it was somewhere in that range.
And I'm going with the $250 guy... he doesn't have a store front as he is basically a flooring/tile installer. He seems pretty good and answered questions I had about building the stall & curb.
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Old 04-09-2009, 09:22 AM   #20
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Sandy - I had the same situation it sounds like you're in (ripped out 1 piece fiberglass shower, redo with tiled walls and floors) and I ended up putting in the mud bed myself using the Goof Proof / Quick Pitch system (I think Mark E is the mfr, just google it). I was recommended this by our MN version of Century Tile (I used to live in Chicago). Had I discovered this forum earlier, I might have tried the Schulter / Kerdi system a lot of experienced folks here seem to like (and will probably try it on the master bath reno teed up for next year), but I'm happy with the results. I was very hesitant to make my own pan because I didn't think I could get the slope right, but this Goof Proof system somes with plastic "spokes" you lay in the shower base and use to shape the concrete slope (spokes are higher at the perimeter, slope down towards the drain). I also bought a $5 DVD that walked me through the whole thing. Easiest part of it was the "mud" - specified a very dry mud mix so it wasn't nearly as goopy as thinset/mortar mud for when you get to the tile part. Cost for mud, kit (pan "spokes" and curb forms), liner, etc was $135 which is less than half of Schulter (and another $5 for a mud pan from Home Depot) and I did it over 2 days (only an hour or so each day). Not nearly as scary as I thought it would be, and my husband now brags to his buddies that his wife put in a mud shower pan. Anyway, just my 2 cents, but since it sounds like you're already pretty experienced with the cement board and tile installation, I'd encourage you to give this a try (or at least think about it). Good luck.
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Go to http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/....php?forumid=1 for more than you could possibly want to know about building you own shower.

I don't sell, install or service tile installations - I just get to inspect a lot of then - so I have no financial bias toward any of the various shower pan systems, however based on my experience with both homeowner and professional installs I would strongly recommend that you at least consider a Schluter-KERDI or similar system no matter who is installing it.

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Old 05-10-2009, 12:59 PM   #22
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I'm in D.C., and doing just the base you describe, including the necessary waterproofing with no plumbing or flooring adjustments, etc., would probably average around $500 in labor. Materials would be around $100.

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