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Unread 08-17-2011, 03:39 AM   #1
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my master bath renovation

When I started thinking about re-doing my master bath (I mean my wife started thinking about me re-doing the master bath) I started doing some research and I stumbled on this site. Thank goodness there is a wealth of information on this site. I have been lurking for about three weeks. I have gutted the bathroom down to bare studs, ripped out tile (which was laid directly over old tile, all cracked and grout falling out).
I have decided, due to this site, to do a Kerdi shower with a mud pan. I can't wait until the kerdi and the drain I ordered shows up. I have dry wall up in the shower, the curb is down.
A couple of questions-
1. Should I kerdi the walls before I tackle the mud pan and curb?
2. I am building the shower in what was a standard 32"x60" cove for a tub. I built a 5' high knee wall on the open side 26" long to hopefully eliminate the need for a shower curtain. Will the knee wall be a problem down the road since there is no floor to ceiling support on the one end of it? (I will post pictures tomorrow)
3. should I tile the rest of the bathroom before I do the mud pan also, or walls, mud pan, then remaining bathroom floor?

Any input would be greatly appreciated. thanks
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Unread 08-17-2011, 05:23 AM   #2
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1) Yes.

2) It won't be a problem if you do the framing correctly. Without the ceiling connection, the top of such a wall will be flexible. The best you can do is to tie the end studs directly into the floor joists, rather that rely on the sill plate to be sturdy enough.

3) Do all the shower first, including the floor, then any bathroom walls, then the bathroom floor. You can do this in another order if scheduling pressures dictate, but this order helps prevent damage to your new work.
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Thanks for the quick reply. Hopefully I get my kerdi products today so I can start. I did tie into the floor joists for the knee wall. I will try to start posting some pictures today. My wife got a new camera yesterday. Advice is much appreciated.
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Unread 08-17-2011, 10:57 PM   #4
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What is the thinset of choice for applying the kerdi to the walls. I know un-modified, but is there a preferred brand?
I have HD, Low, and another local box store.
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Unread 08-18-2011, 02:27 AM   #6
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I use Laticrete 317. Although it seems some Lowe's stores carry Laticrete, and some don't.
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Unread 08-18-2011, 02:54 AM   #7
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Thanks Todd.

If I can't get the Lacticrete 317 is there something I could ask around for at some of the local tile shops? Or will they maybe have the Lacticrete?
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You can use Versabond from HD.
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I have all the kerdi in and it looks great. We decided not to do a bench, but now that I have all the kerdi in my wife thinks she wants a small step in the corner. maybe a foot high is it too late since the kerdi is already in or can I build it right on the kerdi.
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Also, We want to put some shelves in the same corner for shampoo and soap. I am not sure about the premade ones matching is there a good way I can make them out of the tile I am using? If I just us a single tile the cut edge will look like crap. Is there a way to do this with a good outcome?
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Eric, type "corner shelf" into the Advanced Search feature and ask for Titles. Try other terms, too.

You'll find lots and lots of discussion about that.
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