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Unread 09-08-2021, 04:36 PM   #1
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I just had a shower redone in porcelain tile with a Wedi shower pan and Wedi backing on all sides. Everything looks great, but about one-quarter of the small (1.5" by 1.5") tiles on the shower floor sounds more hollow than other parts of the shower floor. The installer jumped up and down on it and says it is fine. He said the thinset is probably a little bit thinner in that quadrant, but the floor is solid and showing no movement. He says redoing that part of the floor would require ripping out the shower tile to a height of one foot, not just replacing that part of the floor. He says we have a 20-year warranty and they will fix things if there is a problem in the future. Should I take his word for it and pay off the balance for the shower, or should I be concerned and insist on redoing the floor?
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Unread 09-08-2021, 05:26 PM   #2
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I doubt the foam is as solid sounding as a mud bed. I wouldn't consider a hollow sound a failure unless you see it flex too. If there's no movement, I'd leave it alone until it fails, which it may never do.
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Welcome, Joe.

I'm not a Wedi guy, and I'd need to know a good bit more about how the shower floor was constructed to make a meaningful assessment, but I'd agree with Davy that at this point you should probably live with it if you can't detect any movement. Never having made a Wedi shower floor, I don't know what they should sound like when tapped upon.

I'd be a bit concerned in general about his construction just based upon the sparsity of fasteners in the wallboards.

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He says we have a 20-year warranty and they will fix things if there is a problem in the future.
Riiiight. Warranty from whom? Is it in writing?

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Thanks, folks! I greatly appreciate your input. I was leaning toward going with it, but appreciate your bit of reassurance. Installation was done by Statewide Remodeling and they've been around quite a while. I'll hope they're around at least another 20 years, which is probably as long as I'll be around. The small number of anchors is partly due to there only being one stud in the middle of each wall with the other studs in the corners. I believe there are additional fasteners in the corner studs underneath the caulking. The walls seem solid.
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Finished Shower

Here is the final result. I'm happy with the appearance.
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That would be more meaningful if you had a geographic location in your User Profile, Joe.

If there were not enough framing members in the wall, it would be the contractor's responsibility to install, or require to be installed, additional framing. But even if there is sufficient framing, there are certainly not as many fasteners in that one stud as required by Wedi instructions.

But if you're happy, we're happy. But, again, this warranty is in writing?

My opinion; worth price charged.
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