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Unread 11-15-2020, 12:37 PM   #1
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Wedi Shower Half Wall

Anyone have experience building a shower half wall out of a 2" Wedi board? I have a small bathroom that could benefit from the thinner wall assembly. I have seen this in training, but I have a few questions for those who have actually done this:

1) How sturdy is a Wedi board wall compared to a conventionally framed wall?
2) Can you apply drywall to the outside Wedi board?
3) Traditionally, I use a mud pan for my floors due to real world conditions (size, out of level floors, drain location). Would a Wedi half wall require that I use their pan?
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Unread 11-15-2020, 05:35 PM   #2
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Is this on a concrete slab or a wood framed floor? If it's wood then you can use regular 2x4 framing edge ways and run a couple of the studs thru the plywood and fasten it to the floor joists. I've seen this several times and they are really stout. Then you can fasten regular 1/2 inch Wedi (or CBU) to the framing on the inside and sheetrock on the outside.
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It's a wood framed floor. I have tied the end of a normally framed half wall to the joists as you suggest, or by using a threaded bolt and Simpson deck tie. I hadn't considered framing edgewise as I thought it might be a bit flimsy. Sounds like that might be a good alternative.
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I spoke with my Wedi rep this morning. He said that many of his people apply 1/2" or 1/4" drywall to the outside wall. He recommended using a zig-zag pattern of the Wedi shmoo.

I'm not sure which way I'll go yet, but thought I would share.
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Hi Brad, I built a half-wall out of 2x2's before and I was surprised how sturdy it was. However, there was a floating corner bench installed that helped with tying it together. I glued and screwed everything then had cement board on the inside, top, and ends and drywall on the outside.

But if your wall is only 3ft long, or so, I think Wedi board might do a better job than wood. The only problem is that if you install it, and it's too wobbly, then there aren't as many things that you can do to stiffen it up at that point.

With a wood wall you can always install cross blocking or even an all-thread if need be.
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Thanks Jim. It will be a short wall (<2.5') and will have a vanity next to it which should add some rigidity. The client liked the thin wall/curb approach and approved the "Wedi budget" so I'm going to give the Wedi panel a try.
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I was wondering if you have a cabinet going next to it. That will add a lot of stiffness to it.
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