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Unread 04-03-2005, 08:29 AM   #1
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Mud shower base Vs. Acrylic base

Hello all!

I just found this site and it has a ton of great information. The questions I have are about a choice I am trying to make. I have to redo a 60x34 shower, and I love the look of a mud style tile base, but the acrylic pre-formed base might be better for a do-it-yourselfer? A top brand acrylic base sells for close to $700.00-what would an estimate be for the materials for a tile mud base? I have done tile and grout with good success before but feel I might be over my head on the tile mud style .

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Unread 04-03-2005, 08:33 AM   #2
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Materials-wise, you can't beat a custon made mud pan. You might spend $100, not counting the tile.

Sand topping mix is fairly cheap, so why not buy a bag or 2, mix it up and practice on a mock-up form made of scrap plywood and 2x4s? If you don't like it after that, then shop for a pre-formed base. Either way, we'll help you get it built.
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Unread 04-03-2005, 08:37 AM   #3
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Mud work is it! I really havnt seen a transition between tile and fiberglass that looks great. For the fact you are here asking the question tells me you need to mud it! you wont be sorry.

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Unread 04-03-2005, 08:37 AM   #4
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Hi and welcome aboard Jeff.

If it were me, I wouldn't use the acrylic base, mainly because I don't like the look of them. You will save some money by going with a mud bed but it is more work, check out the Liberry for specifics. I built a Kerdi shower, you can find out more about using Kerdi by going to Schluter's Web Site . I highly recommend it for a DIYer.
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Unread 04-03-2005, 10:36 AM   #5
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If you do decide to go with a preformed base, John's book recommends swanstone ones instead of a top brand acrylic. We got one and are very pleased with it.

Faucet.com has them. You can find them with advanced search with category - shower base and manufacturer - swanstone.
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Unread 04-05-2005, 01:52 PM   #7
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Thanks for the information everyone! Can anybody estimate the weight difference in a 60x32 shower between the Kurdi system bed and a mud bed? This bathroom is on the second floor of a 60 year old house. I'm a little concerned about weight.


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Unread 04-05-2005, 04:13 PM   #8
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My uneducated guess is that the Kerdi pan would be 3-400 pounds less. 3-bags of mud? plus some sand?
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I did a Kerdi shower with a mud pan, but if I had the dimensions of your shower I would have used the Kerdi tray instead of mud. http://tile-experts.com/products.asp?id=53
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Unread 04-05-2005, 05:26 PM   #10
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I just finished my mud base in my 3x4 shower and it went very well thanks to the advice from this site. I will be doing a masonary bench tomorrow. It wasn't as difficult as I thought it might be. Don
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