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Unread 02-06-2023, 12:03 PM   #1
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Disaster with Compotite Linear Drain.... help!!

In our Master shower, we used a Compotite Linear Drain....

We are not professionals, but have done a LOT of tile - never a linear drain though. I grabbed this drain at Floor and Decor..... not realizing that it doesn't have an outer "tray" for the tile to butt up to. It's designed so that you tile over the edges of the drain and the tile butts up directly to the removable drain grate, so we had no way to seal the edge, but apparently this is the way it's designed because we followed the instructions.
The problem we are having is all of the tiles around the drain are now lifting up. The water seems to be going directly over the edge of the tile next to the drain and hitting the adhesive under the tiles, softening it and causing all of the tiles to pull up. I thought about using silicone around the drain so the water can't get in there, but I've NEVER had to use silicone on a drain grate before, because they always dropped into a tray, and if we did that, we wouldn't be able to remove the grate. I wish I had noticed this terrible design when we put the drain in, but I didn't. From this awful experience, I have two questions: 1) Have any of you used this type of drain successfully, and do you have any tips that will help me fix this problem without removing the drain? 2) If we HAVE to remove/replace the drain, is there ANY Way for us to do that WITHOUT having to rip up the entire shower base and the lower wall tiles and screwing up my otherwise VERY BEAUTIFUL Master shower???

Not sure why anyone would EVER use this product on purpose or how they're still in business - I will never use it again!
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Unread 02-06-2023, 12:31 PM   #2
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Renee, welcome to the John Bridge tile forum. Very sorry that you’re having these troubles.
What kind of adhesive did you use for bonding the tiles? Thin-set mortar is impervious to water so I’m curious if another bonding material was used.
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Unread 02-06-2023, 01:01 PM   #3
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Welcome, Renee.

Is this the product, or instructions for the product, in question?

I'm not seeing anything in the photos (too small to see much) showing me the "flange" to which I'm to bond my waterproof membrane.

And I'm really concerned with the statement from the manufacturer that many professionals are using methods 1 and 2 (traditional and bonded waterproof membrane) "together for added security."

I can't tell from your description which method you used.

And I'm concerned, as is PC, that an incorrect bonding material was used for your tiles. Nothing at all to do with the drain, best I can tell, but an important question to which we need an answer.

My opinion; worth price charged.

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