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Old 07-16-2019, 07:40 PM   #31
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Just one of the problems I have with those foam shower trays is the slope, or lack thereof. If you get one that actually has the code required 1/4" per foot minimum slope to drain, it will most certainly not have even the tiniest bit extra. That means that with anything less than a perfectly level subfloor, even your little bit of slope means that you'll have something less than the minimum requirement on one side of that tray.

Is why I always recommend the use of deck mud to create a properly sloped shower floor that perfectly fits your shower footprint and drain location and has at least the code required minimum slope. And you can add in a little extra slope just to be sure, as many of us do on a routine basis.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Old 07-17-2019, 06:06 AM   #32
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I don't remember the size of the shower tray you intend to use, Tom, or who the manufacturer is, but I find it improbable that you'll be able to make up for that 1/16th while keeping the entire perimeter level during install.

But as PC suggests, 1/16th over 5' ain't much, I'd run with it, 'specially if the high end is also the end where the shower head is.
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FWIW, the paper on drywall has grain to it and it is designed to be installed horizontal (i.e., crossing the supports, not along them) like plywood is installed. The difference in strength is noticeable.

If using something like Kerdi, the fabric membrane acts like the tape when using drywall mud and tape then painted outside of wet areas. It can sometimes be easier to ensure you don't get a depression where the edges meet if you prefill that with thinset and letting it cure a bit prior to then adding the membrane on top, otherwise, it's easy to end up with a depression there especially if you try to embed the fabric with a short knife or trowel and go across the joint versus along it while bridging onto the full thickness portions.
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Im using the 34x60 kerdi tray, along with all the other pieces of the shower kit (membrane, drain)

Honestly, inserting a single cardboard shim seems to fix it, im debating just adding a bit more thinset (maybe backbutter the tray) where it should be higher. Otherwise I thought about just using a thin veneer to level things out.

jadnashua: I definitively noticed that the drywall edges are tapered and figured some durabond couldnt hurt...
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Maybe use a 1/8X1/8 square notch trowel at a bit more than a 45* angle and reduce the angle as you go. Let it dry, then go back and fill it in with the straight side of the trowel. Use a rub block to get the taper just right.
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Just an update, I found that both my floor and the tray were slightly uneven. Ended up dragging the tray outside on the sidewalk(lol) to take a bit off the high side. Spent some extra double checking the thinset coverage when setting the tray, things turned out well. Thanks for your help everyone.
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Tile layout advice - balanced vs centered

Hi all,

Im doing a off by 1/3 layout using 12x24 tile and trying to figure out which layout looks better. I have read that centered layouts look better however on a 60" wall that results in a bunch of small cuts (8" pieces). What do you think of a balanced/staggered layout?

Any advice would be great! thanks
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it looks better without the small cuts
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