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Unread 12-07-2006, 12:54 PM   #1
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40 yr old showers

Have an apt building with around 40 or more tile showers leaking. Apts were built in the 60's. Tile is installed on concrete block walls and mud bed floor. I always use the Schluter kit in showers, but not sure it would work in this situation. Not sure if the tile will come off the block cleanly or if I will have enough room to remove the old drain to attach the Schluter drain. Any suggestions?
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Unread 12-07-2006, 01:20 PM   #2
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Might negotiate to try one before you bid on forty.
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Unread 12-07-2006, 05:08 PM   #3
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Hi Dean,

What CX said. I think the showers will have to be demo'ed down to the block walls either way.
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demo would be the best way to go, however, if that is not feasable, the existing tile could be the new substrate for the kerdi, the drain connection would be the biggest issue, you may just need 40 fernco fittings.
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Unread 12-07-2006, 05:53 PM   #5
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We did a job for the old boss a few years back, it was a condo in a high rise.
there was a really rough block wall we had to tile. What we did was we loaded it up with thinset and glued a piece of cement board to it. Worked out well for us and was a quick easy fix.
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Unread 12-08-2006, 03:27 PM   #6
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tearing the tile out to the block doesn't concern me as much as being able to remove the old drain to attach the schluter drain. not sure how deep the mud bed will be. The tile is old 4x4 cream colored with gold flecks in it. I think (hope) it would come out fairly easy.
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Unread 12-08-2006, 04:12 PM   #7
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Removing the tile from the block wall may be your biggest concern. If the block was clean and new when the tile was installed the it's probably not gonna come off that easy. Also if it's stuck good you risk the chance of pulling chunks off the face of the blocks, with divots and the leftover adhesive, youll leave a pretty rough surface to deal with. I like Brian's idea of kerdi right over the existing tile. Just clean it up really good. Tearing out the mud pan may be very simple compared to the walls.
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