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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.
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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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Bill,

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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Old 09-19-2006, 10:08 AM   #4
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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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