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Unread 12-27-2013, 10:59 PM   #46
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I agree with Dana about the mud. I think you would be fine using 2x blocking if it were screwed in well. I'm conjuring up a design for my bathroom that's tiny to include a tiled tub and everything I have come up with could literally have me committed to an asylum by the tile police. It'll be years before I get to it though. I'm getting lots of friction from the wife but I just want a steam shower with a nice lay down bench that bubbles hot water down my spine while I'm blasted by body sprays from all over, watching tv, and pulling ice cold beer out of a refrigerator. Not a whole lot to ask. Might have to hire a plumber/ electrician for this one.
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Unread 12-28-2013, 07:44 AM   #47
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I don't have any pictures -- it was way before digital cameras -- but we used to do a lot of squarish sunken tubs. I remember one time insisting that the owner sit in the roughed-in hole and recline while I measured the angle of her back. She was impressed by my thoroughness and professionalism.

In any case, a reclined end on a rectangular tub makes it somewhat useable.

As to heat loss, I'm thinking that Kerdi-board, one of the thicker panels, would work really well after the structural requirements have been met. Take care of your insulation and waterproofing all in one operation.

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Unread 12-28-2013, 08:19 AM   #48
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Great stuff guys, keep it comin'.

John, I was thinking about mudding in some contour, but I also considered just making it rectangular and reclined on the end like you mentioned. I was actually laying down on the floor the other night with a tape measure. Also thought of using one of those fancy bath cushions on the semi rare occasion it will get used.
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Unread 12-28-2013, 08:47 AM   #49
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Hank, I like how you think.
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First 4 to 6 inches on the vertical walls could be at more comfortable angle -- 45 or so -- and some heating cables running under the tiles can really take care of the heat loss + the benefit of keeping the water warmer .
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I'd thought about heat cables but that adds so much more to the equation. Also considered hydronic heating...lol, pipe dreams.
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Unread 12-28-2013, 05:50 PM   #52
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I wouldn't worry too much about contour — once the tub is full, the water will support your body. I would definitely incorporate some sort of heater — if you're going to go to all this trouble to build a roman bath, you're going to want to be able to soak in it comfortably for more than 5 minutes.
You might want to google "ofuro" for more ideas.
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Anyone mind if I Revive this thread ?

We are starting a Roman tub ( mud and Schluter ) in the next month or so...
The drain and overflow are the difficult parts to source .
For Over flow ; I believe we are going to use another Kerdi drain body mounted into the mud wall and utilize a tile-in drain within the field of tile.
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Sounds rather agreeably creative to me, Trask.

How you plan to shape the tub to make is Kerdi friendly?
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Lots of head scratching still being done - loads of elevation considerations ect ...
We will be doing mud work on all planes ; a fair amount of radius work to be done as well as stairs that need to be built to facilitate layout to full tiles .
I should also note ; we are using the super duper Kerdi DS for its Lower Perm. Rating & ability to withstand more intensive / constant submersion. It’s tough stuff !
Banding is the weak link so I suppose we may make our own out of DS as well .
Client is willing to pay for Overkill as this is a large tub, above grade and over living space ... and we are most certainly happy to oblige with the “ above and beyond “ spec .
I will post pics as we begin 👍
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