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Old 08-05-2014, 02:02 AM   #1
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I'm doing the floor of the 1st floor shower now.

I have a square trim to go with the drain. Do I set it in thin set or grout?

I left some of the tiles out that are around it until I know exactly how to do it.


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Old 08-05-2014, 05:53 AM   #2
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The first thing I notice is that your shower doesn't seem to have any kind of waterproofing. But normally anything that needs to be set and adhered in place should be set in thinset. Grout is for filling cracks.

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could you tell me more about this 'trim'--?? If it is tile--then thinset---where is the drain cover? Is it round or square?
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Oh yea....you guys on the east coast are not used to how we do it here.

Remember? Hot Mop? Then a sloped mortar bed (that is the grey you see) and then the tile on top of that.

The trim ring is a square stainless steel trim with a hole in the center the size of the drain.

I'll take pics tonight when I get home.
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So you "hot mopped" the walls, which waterproofs them? If so, did you then pierce the coating when you screwed the cement board onto it?
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Man....you East coast guys....don't know nothn'....

Just kidding....

Hot mop is the most common method in the south west. We don't have the cold weather you do so it's a very reliable way.

Here is what the hot mop looks like right after it's done.



We then layer tar paper on the walls as the moisture barrier. Yes, the cement board screws go through the tar paper. But it also tends to self seal. The hot mop goes up over 12" from the bottom. If you get moisture up that high, you have bigger issues.

As you can see in this photo...the tar paper is below the installed sheet of hardibacker. Most people use 15lb. I used 30lb.

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I don't know the answer to your question, but why didn't you just buy a square grate?
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Here is the pic of the trim
That works! Install it with thinset. Once the tile is in place and grouted, and the tile is caulked to the trim, it isn't going anywhere.
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Not really sure I understand that picture. Am I seeing that right? Is that 2x12 lumber you've "blocked" in all around the bottom 12" of the shower frame? In other words, you cut a piece of that lumber to fit between every stud in the shower frame? And then notched it out for electrical boxes and pipes? And then "mopped" some waterproofing ingredient on it? And then after that put cement board over it all?

I mean, I just can't believe you go to all that trouble - that is so much work.

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