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Old 07-24-2002, 12:15 PM   #1
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Aloha Everyone,

I'm considering installing a "niche" in my next shower tile project. According to the Liberry, "Once the niche is installed with adhesive and/or screws, the wallboard can then be fit around the niche frame. That juncture is then sealed (waterproofed).
My question is, what is the preferred method of sealing (waterproofing) the juncture? Do I overlap the edges with PVC pan liner material or can I just goop the heck out of it with Silicone caulking and call it good?

If I decide to build a niche instead of going the pre-fab route, what is the procedure for this?

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Old 07-24-2002, 01:29 PM   #2
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I use caulk - after all it is then covered with tile. I have done them without the prefab. use 2x4s and CBU and caulk and thin set the seams - the unit never gets hits with constant water so its ok - pros will be along

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Tom is on track so long as the niche is out of the general shower spray. If it's going to constantly get wet, use a surface waterproofer such as Laticrete Watertite (Lowes).

Should I display my niche again, guys? Yes? Okay, here it is.

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Old 07-25-2002, 06:33 AM   #4
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Go to ceramictilespecialties.com and view the selection there.
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Old 07-25-2002, 07:03 AM   #5
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Old 07-25-2002, 07:08 AM   #6
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Rob Z. is the only guy I know who takes his beer into the shower with him.
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Old 07-25-2002, 10:37 AM   #7
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That's a nice shelf John. H, I'm into over kill on anyhting that has potiental to collect water. I really like membrane and mud in there, it's surprisingly hard to mud that small an area. I also use cbu under ditra/kerdi mat overcbu up the wall.Under cbu is usually tar paper wrapped like you flash a window, so everything drips down shiplap.

Maybye all this loses me time on my shower installs, but I have a progressive long term mindset to showers. They cost too much to fix a year later. Dollar for dollar it's potientally the most expenseive fix in the house, so why noy proceed with some degree of caution.
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Whadayamean, nice shelf? Those are great shelves.

Everything is mud exept the lid and the back, which are backer board. It resides on the wall opposite the shower head and recieves a fine mist if anything at all. There is no need to waterproof it. It will last forever.
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Old 07-25-2002, 07:43 PM   #9
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When I did my shower, someone had posted a link to a site that sells a product called the yellow duk. It's a preformed plastic niche that is inset into the cbu and can be tiled over. I put one in that is 14x14 and it turned out great, and it only cost about $30. The company is local here in San Diego, but I can't seem to remember the actual company name. Maybe someone else will remember and post it for me.

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Old 07-25-2002, 10:09 PM   #10
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Sorry John, unmistakably fine crafted shelves. I hope they are 'damproof' on the backside. I wouldn't want Bud to elephant stomp you with that "no need to waterproof" quote if he were to misconstrue as such.
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Trask,

Bud is too busy campainging for Mr. Nice Guy.

And I was just kidding about the shelves. They are "workmanlike." That's all.
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