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Old 02-16-2014, 12:38 PM   #1
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Building a radius shower seat

Im building a radius shower seat in a shower for some clients. I have built them using cinder block, but was wondering if I could build it using red brick. To control height and radius a little better. Any one know of any problems using red brick to construct this? Thanks
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Old 02-16-2014, 12:44 PM   #3
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no, I searched on line any nothing popped up, just want some info thats all
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Old 02-16-2014, 01:08 PM   #4
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Old 02-16-2014, 01:14 PM   #5
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Thanks for the pics. Bascially I just want to know if a red brick skeleton is ok to use in a shower. I dont know if cinder block and brick are made out some of the same material, or if brick will do anything wierd in a shower area. This has to be a specific height, and I wanted to use a combo of cinder and brick to build it. It will be lathed and floated. I will not be using wood, so there will be no need for any framing
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Old 02-16-2014, 01:21 PM   #6
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I use cmu brick (grey brick) when ever its needed.
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Old 02-16-2014, 01:31 PM   #7
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Thanks kid. That's the info I was looking for. See how easy that was cx. Simple answer to a simple question.
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Old 02-16-2014, 01:56 PM   #8
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Robert I have used both the cmu and red brick and see no difference. Torn out quite a few old showers with red brick seats and no problems. I am partial to the cmu brick though - don't have to pay special attention to filling all the voids. I would use some type of reinforcing like ladder wire or lathe to tie the brick together or tie the brick in with the cinder block.
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some type of reinforcing like ladder wire or lathe to tie the brick together or tie the brick in with the cinder block
They make wall ties (brick ties) for this purpose. You can bend them and nail them into the wall to tie in to masonry or leave them flat and tie in brick-to-brick (I couldn't find any examples of this on Google images).

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wood to shape, covered with thin drywall, then covered in Kerdi fabric
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Damn, Paul. Why haven't we seen that before? (and with glass block, to boot!)
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That shower is the first kerdi shower I ever did, way back in the late 90's.

The lady of the house wanted a double curved bench seat so she could shave her legs sitting down. The staff carpenter copied the profile of her calf to make the face of the bench like the inside of a barrel. The top I made out of foam to match.

The 2x2 glass tiles were individually wrapped. Made in England. We joked they flew first class to the USA
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I used bricks/ties/wall mud with this one.

Mud and liquid waterproofing.

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I use brick ties on straight floats however on a radius I prefer to use ladder wire. I can cut and tie one side and follow the radius of the brick. I like this method for a radius better because of the wider joints needed for the brick to conform to the radius template. Just trying to make the remodel job in 50 years as tough as possible for the tile guy.

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