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Old 09-18-2006, 10:18 PM   #1
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Shower floor using cement board

I was thinking of using cement board to create a shower pan, as I hate concrete and have a bad back. I was going to use a center drain, in about a 54" by 34" shower, with a 12" shower seat at about chair height. I would be using the membrane to seal it. Concrete board would be an inexpensive alternative to the Schluter system, and I am way overbudget in my bathroom remodel already. I would be putting this over an 1 1/4 layered plywood subfloor. What are the biggest hazzards here? Also, does anyone have a general idea what the Schluder system would cost? My nearest distributer is Home Depot, and you never get an easy answer there.
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Old 09-18-2006, 10:58 PM   #2
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Bill, let's set your past experience with concrete aside, way aside.
OK. With that out of the way, what are your thoughts about dinking around with damp sand? Just as intimidating?

P.S. Backerboard just won't work...and you'll prolly hear more about that.
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Old 09-18-2006, 11:10 PM   #3
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It's almost certain faliure to use the cement board floor. Look into the Scluter system...I think it's around 500$ for everything. We could walk you through it...Or find a buddy with a good back and we can talk about sand and cement.
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Bill here is a link to the Schluter system at Tile-Experts.com that Trask is talking about. It's a complete lightweight system. Occasionally you have to add an inch or two of mud at the perimeter for different shaped showers, but that's it. Take a look.
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Old 09-24-2006, 06:58 PM   #5
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The guys at Home Depot told me to do the same thing with the cement board. I don't want to talk bad about them but I never get good advice when I go there. Now I just stick to the "where are the..." type questions.

I used the Kerdi and it was very simple. I bought the whole shower system (curb, floor, kerdi) and it was about $450 on Shluter's Ebay store. It was worth every penny I paid and would use it again if someone asked me to do their shower. I loved the pre-sloped shower tray.
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Old 09-24-2006, 07:49 PM   #6
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Bill, what ever you do, don't use the cement board on the shower floor. Hopefully the shower tray will work for you. If not, mudding the floor isn't all that bad.

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