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Old 03-06-2010, 11:30 AM   #1
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Kerdi Shower Pan question and Tub Apron question

I am looking to rennovate the bathroom below. Leaning towards using Kerdi.

However, before I stumbled upon Kerdi, I really wanted a solid surface shower pan. Not possible if using Kerdi is it?

Also, not really a tile question, but it kind of is. The builder put this tub in that has an apron on the face. Can it be removed, a wall installed in it's place, so I can continue the tile on the tub face? Do people do that or do they just get a new tub?

If your a Chicagoland contractor, contact me. I am going to need help on this project and my time is limited.

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Old 03-06-2010, 12:21 PM   #2
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Hey Jeff,

Welcome to the JB Forums! You can use a pre-formed shower receptor with kerdi if you like. I would advise against it because there is no way that shower receptor will hold up like a properly tiled shower floor will. If you plan on staying in your home I would suggest you mud the shower floor or if your shower is square with a center drain you could use the kerdi tray to save time. (It won't save money but it'll save the learning curve and time to mud the floor.)

Not sure about the tub question. If the front apron is an integral part of the tub structure then I would say not it can't be removed.

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It's a 42 x 42 square base currently, with a centered drain. I guess not being able to do a solid surface pan is not a big deal. I could do something fancy with tiles, like a diamond pattern or something.

There is a seam where the apron was attached. So it should come off. I am wondering if anyone has done that before.

Thanks. I will keep lurking here. I've done lots of tiling, but nothing in a really wet area.

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Schluter makes a 48x48 tray and if it can be cut down equally on all four sides it'll work just fine. If you cut 3" off each side then you'd have your 42x42 and the slope would remain even. Might be something to consider if you don't want to make a deck mud floor.

If the front can removed then I would say you could frame it in somehow, drywall or CBU it and then tile it. Shouldn't be a big deal.

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That'll work.

So if I do that, then no mud floor? I have to do some reading on the system. I'll order that book.
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Jeff,

If you use Schluter's tray there is no need to pack a mud floor. You need to thinset it to the substrate but that's pretty easy.

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AWesome, thanks!
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