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Old 12-30-2018, 08:56 AM   #1
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Shower pan for large tub size area


We are tearing out our prefab tub/shower. It's one of those 6'x3' prefab fiberglass that was original to the house from 1999.

We are going to replace it with a tiled shower area the same size.

I'm looking at different options for the shower pan. I've thought about pouring cement and waterproofing with RedGard but I think it's too large of an area and would be a lot of concrete.

What are some other options? I've looked at Wedi and I think they can make custom sizes.

What are some other options?
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We are tearing out our prefab tub/shower. It's one of those 6'x3' prefab fiberglass that was original to the house from 1999. We are going to replace it with a tiled shower area the same size.
Thank God - one less in the world - we're making progress !

Do yourself a favor and put in a mud pan so it's right the first time.

And you might want to consider a pebble floor - slip resistant and nice on the old dogs in the morning
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You may find standard pans by using some of the footage for wider curb and sitting. 2x6 curb example. Costs add up, example, enclosure if wanted. So you may want to shop for these things first and may decide to close up some of that space.
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To clarify, you don't "pour" a shower pan. It is packed in as a pre slope, then membrane added, then a final slope. The "mud" is only slightly moist so it can be packed in. Here's a link. https://floorelf.com/how-to-create-a...r-floor-part-1

Remember, too, your new drain must be 2" in diameter whereas your tub was probably only 1 1/2".
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No matter how the base is made or installed we always add blocking around the bottom.


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No matter how the base is made or installed we always add blocking around the bottom.


Absolutely - that's what the rubber membrane gets fastened to
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I always band it with 2x12's at the 36" mark as well (centered). Someone will want a handicap rail put in, so may as well do it during construction.
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I always band it with 2x12's at the 36" mark as well (centered). Someone will want a handicap rail put in, so may as well do it during construction.
Outstanding idea !
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Kerdi shower pan.
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Best to float the concrete for drainage and then apply a membrane that is designed for the drain you plan to use. I like the linear drains along the side wall of a shower and you can get drain covers to which tile can be attached using the same tiles as you use for the rest of the shower. This is a good time to put in a curbless shower.



Kerdi products work very well but you may find it difficult to locate people with experience installing them and so most will try to convince you to do it the way they have been doing it for the past 25 years.



Be sure that the plumber puts in balanced mixing valves so when someone flushes a toilet someone in the shower does not suddenly get burning hot water.
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