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Old 05-19-2007, 08:58 PM   #1
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New Construction - How to lay tile!!!!!

Hello everyone. I have been reading here for quite some time along with many many other forums. My husband and I are GCing our own house. We are now at the flooring stage and its time to install the tile. We have reluctantly decided to lay the tile ourselves. Needless to say, we have never embarked upon such a detailed project. Not only are we laying tile in all 3.5 baths, kitchen and laundry room, we are laying it around the skirt of the 6 x 4 jacuzzi and in the 6 x 4 x 7 walk in shower. The shower is the part of the project that has us utterly terrified. We donít know where to start!

From reading I think we will need to cut down the sheetrock that was put up and put in durock???? The plumbers installing the pan for us...is there anything super hard after getting the durock in?

Around the frame that has been built for the bath tub, we put backer board around it to glue the tile to right??????????

As you all can see we are complete NEWBIES!!!!!!!
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Old 05-19-2007, 09:08 PM   #2
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Hi gal, welcome. How bout a first name, we're a friendly bunch.

Check out the thread in the liberry named "shower construction info". Lots of good reading there. Come back with any questions you have and ask them here on this thread.

Depending on the bullnose pieces, if there are any, you may need to take down the greenboard and replace it with CBU. Many times I'll use tar paper right over the greenboard.

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Old 05-19-2007, 09:16 PM   #3
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Welcome newbies - got a first name (or two)?

first thing ya gotta do is take a deep breath. second thing is get a copy of JB's book. and while you're waiting for it to arrive you can start your homework in the liberry. Check out the "shower construction" thread in particular.

a couple of comments, in the meantime. You can leave the sheetrock if you go with the Kerdi system. But you'll need to stop the pan work until you get a Kerdi drain installed. (there's no pan like your guy is getting ready to install.)

If you don't do Kerdi then the drywall must come down. But the first thing you want to do is make sure that membrane is on a pre-slope and not flat on the subfloor! There's a pitcher of proper shower floor construction in the liberry.

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Old 05-20-2007, 08:45 PM   #4
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Just like sandbagger said... make sure the slope of the shower is below the pan liner. We are building a home and all of the houses we have walked (expensive homes) have the liner flat on the subfloor or slab. The shower pan will hold water and you will have a mold farm.
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