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Old 10-21-2005, 01:01 PM   #1
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shower advice needed

i am about to dive in to making the shower pan, and tile the shower in my basement. of course, i have a few questions:

when i originally attached the dam to the floor, i made an error, and now the drain is not centered. how important is that? should i move the dam?

i have the versabond (ploymer fortified) mix for thinset when i do the tiles. i am using porcelain covered ceramic tiles. will this be sufficient for the walls and floor of the shower, or do i need to buy an additive?

i have read that some people put felt between the first mortar bed and the 40mil liner. is this necessary? i have roofing type felt. if needed, would that be good enough to use?

would it be advantageous to cut the drain pipe sticking out of the foundation all the way, perhaps even recessing it a little so my first mortar bed is not so thick?
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Old 10-21-2005, 02:41 PM   #2
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Hi there, welcome. Do you have a first name we can go by? Centering the drain is more of a focal thing. I like it to be so it looks good. That is not always the case. I think the mud you have for the walls should be ok. I nevr put anything between the liner and preslope, you can if you want to. You need to have the clamp ring drain in place before you do the preslope. I like the flange about 3/4" to 7/8" off the slab. Don't forget to use some loose mixed thinset to attach the preslope to the slab.
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Old 10-21-2005, 02:57 PM   #3
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thanks for the response. that saves me alot of time on both counts. the drain piece i have is 2", but the pipe from the foundation is 1-1/2". do they make drains that are 1-1/2"? or do i need an adapter? thanks.

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Old 10-21-2005, 05:04 PM   #4
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2" drain for a shower is generally a code requirement...use smaller at your peril, especially if it is cast iron. before you spend all the time and money to do a new shower, you might want to consider replacing the drain with 2"up to the point it enters a same or larger branch. Make sure it has a trap and a vent, too.
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Old 10-21-2005, 07:19 PM   #5
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alot of good the code does me. i guess the builder screwed up. i plan to chisel away some of the concrete in the foundation to attach an adapter to 2". i'll attach the 2" drain from there. if not, the shower would be 8-12" high.

as far as venting goes: if the builder roughed in the drain pipe, did they take care of the vent? i also have a 3" toilet pipe, and 2" pipe for the sink. am i totally up the creek without a paddle?

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Hi Brian, the 2" shoulda been for the shower. Maybe he just has the pipe stubbed up with 1 1/2". Is the drain inna framed box where you can access it? Hopefully there's a vent. Are the walls closed in already?
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Old 10-22-2005, 12:00 PM   #7
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the shower pipe is in concrete (basement) in the foundation. i have the shower walls framed, but nothing on them yet. there is a different shade of stuff (concrete, i guess) surrounding the 1 1/2" pipe. not sure about the vent. should i pour water down and test to see if it actually drains?
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