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Old 02-06-2010, 04:06 PM   #16
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Nelson Hold On a minute.

The house is a wood structure but the bathrooms are on a six inch thick concrete slab????

How's that work?

And yes a picture or two just to get the feel of what you have there would be great.

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I think I've been so stubborn about this because I don't want to crawl under the house to find out where the joist is, but it'll be a lot easier to put the kind of shower in that I want if move the drain.
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A "jackhammer" wouldn't be necessary but there are lighter weight lighter duty "chipping hammers" that work very well in this case. I don't understand how you have a concrete floor AND a crawl space. Clear that up would ya?

Is this a condo?

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Old 02-06-2010, 06:30 PM   #17
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Apparently that's how they constructed these houses. The house (not a condo) is brick veneer with 2x4 interior construction, but the flooring joists sit above a crawlspace. The entire house is hardwood floors, except for the two bathrooms, which share a wall on the outer edge of the house. Yes, the bathrooms sit on a concrete slab. I haven't been under the house since I tore the old shower out, I'll go under tomorrow and take a picture so you can see what I'm dealing with.
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So here are the pictures of the hole for the drain, and what it looks like underneath the house. I've all but made up my mind to move the drain and put in a pre-fabbed base, instead of leaving the drain where it is, and making my own pan. As suggested before, I would have a tough time properly sloping a home made pan with the drain that close to the corner.
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EXCELLENT! Thank You!

Moving the drain is certainly do-able. Use a chipping hammer to break out the cement in the center, then you can re-drill the wood planks in that area to accommodate the new drain location. Now your getting somewhere.


Is the entire bathroom concrete or just the shower area?

I think what I am seeing there is an old fashion "mud job" and not necessarily a concrete slab like I was imagining earlier. That was the way of doing things years ago and even today it remains the best means by far of installing a tile substrate.
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That's probably true about the mud job. after inspecting it further, it didn't really have the grit of concrete. both bathrooms sit entirely on the slab.
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Yow I think you have a pretty good deal there with an overall mud-job for the floors. You would want to try to salvage that if at all possible. It would be a real bag of worms if it had to be taken out and replaced.
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Off topic and I apologize to the OP, but Bud is there a way to contact you? I've found something you might want to know. I couldnt find a way to PM on this site, but if you could shoot me one over at CT or TFP or send me an email (nf.nr@hotmail.com), I'll fill you in. Might be nothing, but doesnt seem right to me.

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My good friend Harry in Canada has a great website. Here's the old fashion way to build a shower receptor. You asked about layering here it is.
http://www.ontariotile.com/preslope.html

Here's one of the State-Of-The -Art methods.
http://www.schluter.com/media/brochu...ndbook2008.pdf

Here's some more State-Of-The-Art methods and products.
http://www.noblecompany.com/Technica...0/Default.aspx

Here's a start with the pre made pans.
http://www.google.com/products?hl=en...ed=0CDcQrQQwAA
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Ed4X4,
Are you still there?

I managed to accidently dump your email - could you resend it.
Sorry about that, I don't know how the hell I did it.
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I resent it for you, no worries

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