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Old 02-02-2010, 10:42 AM   #1
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Shower Construction -- Ditra/Schluter or traditional

I am doing a new construction shower and pretty much have every option open to me. It will be 42"x66" with an angle cut into one corner for the entrance.

I was looking into finding a molded shower pan I can tile and then using a vapor barrier for the walls and cement backer board.

Then I cam across Schluter Systems, Ditra/Kerdi methods and wanted to know if anyone had any strong thoughts one way or the other as to a good way to go.

Experience with Schluter? I don't want to try to do the mud pan, I've heard it takes an artist to get this really looking good, and as I first timer with pan, thought a premade pan would be better.

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The job you propose tackling is not for the average DIY'er, but the modern systems are easier to work with and provide good leak protection. Just follow directions.

Finding a precast base as you describe may not be possible.
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:50 PM   #3
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I have actually done both. The Kerdi system is definetely easier but, be ready to spend more money on it then a traditional mud pan setup. The Kerdi drain is PVC so make sure you are going like to like materials or you will need to compensate for that. Other then that its pretty easy. If you can spread thinset and get the waterproofing membrane as flat as possible and air bubble free on the walls, you are in good shape. The pan is pre-sloped which makes it easy and you may just need to cut it to fit. A table saw or circular saw works for this. Same for the curb.. Good Luck!!
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