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  1. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    I have put in a pre-slope mortar bed for a shower pan using the Pre-Pitch system and 4 to 1 Mortar bed mix. Before I install the liner there are a couple of places that aren't sloping to the drain almost level. What can I do to fix the problem? Can I mix up a little more mortar adjust the...
  2. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    In attempts to install our first bathtub, we were told that we could use mud instead of cement (or mortar as we should have probably gone with), however we used bucket mud instead of a dry mix and close to a month later, the mud still isn't dry. Will it dry? Is it a problem? Is it likely to...
  3. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    How much Portland cement and sand do I need to mix to complete a 48" x 31" shower pan with a 48" curb? I'm doing a Laticrete membrane so there won't a be preslope level (i.e. all the mortar will go in at once). The height of the mortar at the drain will be 1-1/4", and the curb will go in on 3...
  4. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    So I was following a DIY guide on how to install a tub. One thing it said was after creating a mortar bed under the bathtub, fill the bathtub with water. I followed the instructions to a 't'. I then took a camera and looked under the tub and could see that mortar was under the tub and fill...
  5. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Hi everyone, My kitchen tile is installed over what looks like a ~1" thick mortar bed (it's pretty old). The original owners installed this floor after they installed the counters, and among other things tiled in the dishwasher. When we recently had to replace the dishwasher, the only way to...
  6. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    I'm installing my first acrylic bathtub (in an upstairs bathroom) and want to do it right. I'm cool with everything except the required mortar bed. There is a 2 1/4" space between the subfloor and the bottom of my tub. Mortar is heavy. I'm worried about the weight of all this mortar, a tub...
  7. Plumbing
    Hi, I need some quick feedback from some plumbers. I am having my house built right now and I do not think that they installed my tub correctly. I was under the impression that the entire tub needs to be sitting in a bed of mortar so that the tub will not flex and crack over time. Also if the...
  8. Flooring
    I am purchasing a house that was likely built in the 30's. It has hardwoood floors throughout most of the house, except the foyer and adjacent dining room are tiled. There is a closet off the foyer that has hardwood in it. What are the chances that a homeowner in the 70's or 80's put down a...
  9. Plumbing
    I am trying to install a bath tub in the basement. Manufacturer recommends that the bath tub be set in a bed of mortar. I followed a recommendation in one of the threads and used a 6 mil poly on top of the mortor bed to prevent the mortar from sticking to the underside of the tub. However, I...
  10. Flooring
    I just attempted to put down a mortar bed for a shower pan and made a HUGE mess of it. The mortar dried way too fast and didn't mix well. Screeding was near impossible and now half the mortar is rock hard and the rest is a sandy pebbly mess. Even my mixing tub is now solid. Can I salvage the...
  11. Building & Construction
    We are laying a flagstone patio and want to put a circle of mortar down then lay some small stones (1/8th" - 1/2" dia) in the shape of a fish in the mortar. I am not sure how to make sure the small stones stay imbedded in the mortar and am afraid they will pop out over time. Does anyone have...
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