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Unread 10-26-2006, 10:14 AM   #1
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Question Deck Mud Question

I will be doing a 3x6 shower enclosure. How much Deck Mud should I mix and use at one time to be sure it does not dry out on me? I have seen the deck mud calculator, but should I mix that much at one time, or a quarter at at time. It might take me longer than a pro as this is the first time I will be doing it. Thanks in advance.

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Unread 10-26-2006, 10:35 AM   #2
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i would mix it all at once, you should have enough time to work with it, if not then mix up half at once

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Unread 10-26-2006, 11:34 AM   #3
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Jeff, I just finished my first Kerdi deck mud 4 x 8 shower. Follow the deck mud calculator to the "t". it is pretty much nuts on. I thought I was smarter than the calculator (therefore the pros) and I ended up short, had to beat feet to big box and buy 3 more bags - took about 45 minutes total to get back to the pour. I had plenty of time. By the way, I used 3 60lb bags of sand mix to 1 50 lb bag of sand, and it worked out as advertised herein this forum.

P.S. Don't go jerkin' the Kerdi drain the next day to see if it stuck to the deck mud - oh yea, I speak from experience
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Unread 10-26-2006, 11:40 AM   #4
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You'll likely have close to 150lbs of dry portland and sand for the preslope. Mixing two batches will be a lot easier.
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Unread 10-26-2006, 12:11 PM   #5
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I mixed my whole 260lb batch in a kiddie pool right there in the room, and then just scooped it over onto the shower floor with a bucket. The pool gives plenty of room to dry mix the sand topping mix with the play sand. Then add water and really toss it around w/ a garden hoe. I think it would have been a lot harder if the container had been any smaller.

The kiddie pool got trashed, but they're cheap (and the kids have outgrown it anyway!).

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