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Old 08-30-2008, 10:23 AM   #1
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Shower Pan

We installed a new shower pan however there are some pits in the floor. We were wondering if we can put down a layer of thinset to fill in the pits and even up the slope and let it dry and then come back with more thinset to then glue the tile down. Will this cause any problems?
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Sure, you can do that. I'm assuming all you have is a few divots, here and there, none more than 1/4" deep.

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Old 08-30-2008, 11:25 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

One more question: When we initially put the top motar layer in for the pan a friend was helping us and did not put the gravel in for the weep holes in the drain. So we took a chance and chipped some of the mortar away from the drain and sure enough we had to unplug the weep holes. The ring of mortar we chipped away is about 1 inch out from the drain all the way around. What is the best way to fix this? Can you put in a layer of pea gravel and then just use thinset to build it back up, or do we need to put in some mortar before applying the thinset?

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Stacey, there are a number of ways to fix that. What I would use, and recommend, is a cement-based patching compound. Armstrong puts out a good one, called S-184 Fast Setting Patch. But there are other brands (Ardex, Henry's, etc) equally as good and like Armstrong's product, available in small 5 to 10 lb. boxes. Found most anywhere flooring products are sold, including Home Depot and Lowes. Mapei make a good one too but you don't need a 50 lb. pail of it.

When you apply the patch, make sure you have enough pea gravel over the exposed liner so you don't create a dam. In other words, take the patching compound down to the pea gravel, but not all the way down to the liner, keep a pathway open to the weep holes. Expect that to set up in 1 hour or less.

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