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Old 12-18-2017, 02:45 PM   #16
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Ah, I get it now.

I think you'll have to go to the ceiling with something. Maybe just a 4x4 post at the end that goes all the way up.
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Old 12-18-2017, 03:06 PM   #17
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Tying into the ceiling would be simplest and strongest.

Failing that, you could probably have a 3.5" square HSS steel post fabricated with a welded bottom bracket to bolt to the floor. Put one at each end of the niche wall; pad out with wood 2x4s through bolted to it for connection to the rest of your framing. If bolting to a wood floor, the connection detail would be critical to minimize sources of slip.

For a short (30" high) wall I used one of these to good effect: https://www.homedepot.com/p/205713894 Obviously 6' tall is more challenging due to the longer lever arm.

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Old 12-18-2017, 06:14 PM   #18
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I would sure want a bigger opening into the shower than 21".

That is if I had a choice to do otherwise.
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Old 12-18-2017, 06:58 PM   #19
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I agree with the others. Also, I would use 4x8 glass blocks standing on their ends so you'll have more grout joints. To me, if you go ahead and take the niche wall to the ceiling to make more strength, I would also take the glass to the ceiling. Of course you can't cut the blocks so you would have to lay it out for full glass blocks.
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Old 12-18-2017, 07:39 PM   #20
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All, thanks for the inputs.

By the way nelsonkoehn, the 21" is the same width as my current shower door opening, so I figured it would be ok esp. since I am trying to ensure the splatter from the shower stays contained within the diagram.
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Old 12-20-2017, 02:20 PM   #21
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notch your top plate of that tall wing wall to run into the connecting wall and screw it off to a stud there.
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Old 12-31-2017, 05:19 PM   #22
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waterproofing base of shower glass block wall

I am designing a shower that has a knee wall, glass block wall on top of the knee wall, and a bench against the shower-side of the knee wall (see diagram).

My question is how to best waterproof the base of the glass block wall. The diagram shows an end view of the wall with my current guess on waterproofing -- the green is the waterproof membrane (e.g. Kerdi membrane). My concern is whether water will find its way under the glass block wall (but on top of the membrane) and impact the dry wall on the dry side of the wall (see area of red circle).

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Old 12-31-2017, 07:08 PM   #23
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The surface you stick the Kerdi to needs to have slope towards the shower. That is, the top of the wall and seat.
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Wade, it'll help if you'll keep all your project questions on one thread so folks can see what you're working on and what's been previously asked and answered. I've combined your first three threads here and we can give it a more generic title any time you'd like to suggest one.

What Davy said.
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Old 12-31-2017, 09:34 PM   #25
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After looking at your drawing in post 10, I wouldn't like the niche wall coming into the glass blocks at an angle. Because of the angle, the row of blocks up the left end will be odd with an extra wide joint on the inside. You will need to lay out for full blocks since they can't be cut.
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