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Old 06-25-2012, 12:16 AM   #1
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Kerdi bench over schluter shower pan

Newbie here. I am remodeling a shower with a bench made of 2" kerdi board. Should the bench be placed on top of the Schluter shower pan (32 x 60) or should the bench be fixed to the subfloor and the pan cut around it?
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:44 AM   #2
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I think it'll work either way, but if I was doing it I'd put the bench in first, then cut the floor.

(Actually, I'd do a mud floor)
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What Kevin said plus;

The big advantage of a DIY mud floor (aside from saving $180) the perimeter of the shower floor will be perfectly level, including in front of the bench.

"Oh its not that much" you say?

Take the bench and dry fit it over the foam base. Look at the gap you have where the V in the foam tray is. Its about 1/4", which will look huge when tiled and you try to caulk it closed.
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Welcome, Rick.

What Kevin said.
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#1 rswallst Registered User Join Date: Jun 2012 Posts: 1 Kerdi bench over schlute

Thanks. I'll put the bench in first. I've already bought and cut the pan to fit the floor before I thought about the bench. Else, sounds like the better idea is to mud the floor to the bench. Next time, I guess.
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New question. I have the Kerdi pipe seal for the shower arm. I cannot find out in John's book, the Schluter web site, or googling which side to put out. On one side the rubber seal protrudes 7/16", on the other the seal protrudes 3/16". On the longer side about 1/16" inside is a ridge which I suppose is the real seal over the pipe. Also, the 1/2" seal is really snug over 1/2" iron pipe shower arm. The 3/4" seal is tight, but moves easily over the arm. So,
1. Which side of the seal faces outward toward the shower?
2. Is the 1/2" seal the correct one to use?

Thanks in advance to those who know much more than I.
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Rick,

It depends on how thick your tile is, but generally the thicker part goes in the wall.

I could never get one of those shower arm kerdi patches to work. Don't use them because we install a temporary pipe while working so the pipes can be pressure tested during tiling, then install the plumbing trim out when the tiling is over. Trying to get a shower arm though that hole without ripping the kerdi is more than I can achieve. We caulk around it instead using 100% silicone.
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Paul,

Thanks for the input. I do have a 3" nipple in place now until the tiling is done. I wondered how to get new shower arm in later. Now I know. Forget the pipe seal. And my shower valve is larger oval so I can't use the Kerdi valve seal either. Need one for your future work?

As they say in California, "gracias, amigo."

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Thanks, but I have a growing pile myself. Someone may want it though. They do mail easily.
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