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Unread 05-04-2003, 08:16 AM   #8
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What kind of wire mesh in top layer of mud?

Q. What type of wire mesh is recommended for the final mud floor? [See Note]

Dave Gobis
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My answer would be 2x2 galvanized mesh. I have had some 2.5 suspended in floors that cut the mud right in half. Granted, the traffic was a little early.
Dave Gobis, Exec. Dir. Ceramic Tile Education Foundation
John Bridge

I would not use metal lath. As Dave G. points out, it can actually weaken your floor by dividing it into two strata. My good friend Michael Byrne recommends 2x2 reinfrorcing mesh, which is hard for a novice to find. I recommend nothing, unless your shower is super huge.
Note Update: The ANSI standards (A108.1A, section 2.3.5) no longer require reinforcing wire in the top mud bed of a traditional shower receptor unless the shower floor is larger than 65 square feet.

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