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Old 02-07-2018, 11:36 AM   #2761
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Nothing better than the sweet smell of fresh mud. Flat plumb and square throughout.
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Old 02-07-2018, 08:55 PM   #2762
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I can't argue with that.
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Old 02-08-2018, 06:27 PM   #2763
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Old 02-08-2018, 09:21 PM   #2764
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One day I am going to post a shower like that but many times before I will post a ton of not so awesome and you guys will hammer me like good teachers do
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Old 02-21-2018, 10:07 AM   #2765
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Mud wall

Hi guys, so ive finished with my mud walls in the shower and everything seemed to turn out great. 1 thing I am noticing though is that the wall bowing out a little in the middle as it dried. Anything I can to to stop this from happening?
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Old 02-21-2018, 01:35 PM   #2766
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I doubt it will move any more than that. Was your lath fastened to the studs all the way to the edge?
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Old 03-21-2018, 08:54 PM   #2767
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Check out this mud job I saw yesterday.
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Old 03-22-2018, 05:51 PM   #2768
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That's one of those that you hit with your sledge hammer and it bounces off and hits you in the forehead.
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Yeah Davy, it sounded solid when I beat on the tile side with my fist and luckily had an access panel to see the mud... no membrane either. The house is really old but the framing was dry albeit dirty and dusty looking.
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Old 03-22-2018, 07:01 PM   #2770
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I have seen rotten studs behind those old two coat mud jobs but only a few in 40+ years. Usually the studs are fine. The scratch coat has to be done gingerly. Dad used to tell me that you have to lay the mud into the lath, not force it in or it'll go right thru and into the wall. I do two coat showers but I use felt on the studs first.
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The oldtimers (including my older brothers) used to first string piano wire horizontally over the studs at eight-inch spacing, then tar paper, then chicken wire or lath. The piano wire kept the tar paper from going inward as the mud was forced through the lath (or chicken war).
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Old 03-24-2018, 11:08 AM   #2772
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I've never torn out a shower that had the piano wire installed but I have seen it in stucco walls. In one of the houses we lived in, I believe it was in Yorba Linda, Californey , the garage walls were unfinished inside and you could see the wire every 8 inches between the studs. I guess it did the job.
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I'd be inclined to try the piano wire between framing if they weren't 16" on center. John was that because of the spacing between studs? 19-3/16ths or 24"?
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Old 03-24-2018, 08:06 PM   #2774
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Is there a mixing time on the mud for the walls. I only ask cause I covered some brick walls for a friend a few months back and premixed bags of stucco mix, it had recommended mixing time. I didn't notice much difference of work time cause it was hotter than sin in the house but it made think to ask the people that work with mud daily. Do you mix for a certain amount of time or to a certain consistency and then start slinging
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Old 03-25-2018, 09:04 AM   #2775
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After having things prepped to mud. Iíll go out and mix a batch to consistency, bucket it, mix another batch up, cover it from the sun, bring in the buckets start mudding, repeat until finished.
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