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Unread 05-15-2008, 11:19 PM   #1
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Shower wall material sequence?

I'm planning to remodel a shower enclosure, and finish it with ceramic tile. In talking with people and reading about this type of project, I've heard six different materials details and installation sequences. Without biasing anyone with what I've already heard, I'd be happy to get a few more recommendations of the materials sequence. Assume I'm starting from the studs, and I won't need instructions on how to install each material, just a simple 1. ___, 2. ___, 3. ___, and so on, sort of thing. I'll use an off-the-shelf acrylic receptor for the floor, so that's all figured out. If this question seems too huge, then I haven't described what I'm looking for well enough! Many thanks! "MrProject" or Ross, if you prefer my nickname.
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Unread 05-15-2008, 11:32 PM   #2
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Sometimes things aren't as simple as 1-2-3. One method would be: 1. moisture barrier (15# felt or 6 mil poly) 2. 1/2" CBU (properly installed with all joints taped and thinset) 3. Tile 4. Grout 5. Caulk changes of plane. or... you could do this: 1. CBU (same caveats) 2. Trowelable membrane like RedGard or Hydro-Ban 3. Modified thinset & tile 4. Grout 5. Caulk or... 1. 1/2" drywall 2. Kerdi membrane by Schluter Systems 3. Mud bed floor w/ kerdi drain 4. tile 5. grout

This is complete with no details whatsoever. I guess what I'm getting at is there are many different ways to successfully build a shower. One method I left out was floating mud walls but generally speaking that's beyond the skill set of a DIYer.

Hope that helps.

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