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Unread 04-17-2007, 01:46 PM   #1
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1st time reader 1st time poster ?'s about building a custom shower...

Hello I am pretty handy usually but have never attempted a shower before. So I am stuck and soo glad I found this sight. I took out my old shower down to the studs, installed extra shower heads, body sprays etc.. Now I need to put it back together, i bought some hardibacker and I am going to make an old closet into a sitting area inside the shower. The shower will be 90" by 50" so fairly big. What has to be done first, second, etc... Do i build the floor before I do the walls, should I build the closet seat before I put down the liner, what liner should I use for a shower so big, I bought 1/4 inch hardibacker is that adequate for the walls or floor or should I use something else, Wife is very sick of using the second bathroom so your help is MOST appreciated. I haven't started thinking of what tile im going to use yet. THANKS
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Unread 04-17-2007, 02:14 PM   #2
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Hey itsnatestate (they really like first names here)

The Liberry on the top bar has everything you need to know about building a custom shower. Scroll down to the Shower construction info link. This site is a godsend! Some real professionals and great DIYer's here.


keep us updated on your project!
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Unread 04-17-2007, 02:22 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. Can we have a first name to call you?


That 1/4" Hardi is a little too flexible for walls.

You might want to consider doing a Kerdi shower. It's completely waterproof, and uses regular drywall for construction. There is a ton of info on this site about how to do it. Additionally, John Bridge has an e-book on it that may be the best spent $10 ever for anyone building their own shower.
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Unread 04-17-2007, 02:49 PM   #4
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THanks

Hey the name is Nate, I wasn't sure that the Kerdi system would work with a shower that measured 90 by 50.??
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Unread 04-17-2007, 03:35 PM   #5
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You can do a Kerdi shower of nearly any size. If your size doesn't conform to one of the standard bases, you can to a pre-slope and Kerdi over it - still using the Kerdi drain.
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Unread 04-17-2007, 06:39 PM   #6
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Hmm

So if I use the Kerdi system, should I frame out my seat and everything first or after I have put everything in, Im at studs and bare floor and really need to figure out what I should do first so I can do something and appease the wifey. TY
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Unread 04-17-2007, 06:47 PM   #7
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I would put the seat on top of the mud floor,and i'd make it outta mud, myself,but you can do it in wood.
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Unread 04-17-2007, 07:07 PM   #8
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Nate,

I'm certainly no expert. Here with questions myself but I'm totally sold on the Kerdi. If it does half of what it is supposed to do I'll have it trained to do my laundry in no time.

Just found out about John's book and am going to purchase it. I'm sure that it will be more than worth the cost.

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Unread 04-17-2007, 08:00 PM   #9
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Remember, you'll need the Kerdi drain if you go that direction. Looks like your shower floor is still open to change the drain without too much trouble.

Like Stoner, I like the idea of building the seat on top of the Kerdi. Build it out of cement and concrete blocks.
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