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Unread 03-01-2021, 04:23 PM   #1
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Schluter Shower

Homeowner here and I am in the process of installing a Schluter Shower.

Attached are some pictures of my current status.

I am planning to flood test this weekend but I ran into the following problems during install that looking back on it now might cause some issues during the flood test.

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I did not remove the plastic on the drain covering until I had already installed the one corner piece and the long piece of Kerdi Flex on the side that connects the pan to the curb.

Very stupid I know but the day after that install I removed the plastic, the corner, and the Kerdi Flex that connects the curb to the pan.

I then cleaned up the mess, and tried to make the surface as nice as possible.

A week later I finished all the inside corners and reapplied all that was removed.

These were bonded very well and these new pieces are also bonded very well.

Will I be looking at issues in those sections since the Kerdi Flex was not applied to a nice new piece of Kerdi?

Flood testing in the coming week.

I will also be using a large tile 16X32 for the shower floor so I image that would help me as well.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Kerdi All-Set was used for everything in the bathroom.
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Unread 03-01-2021, 04:26 PM   #2
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I do plan on calling Schluter tomorrow and seeing what they say about this as well.
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Unread 03-01-2021, 04:37 PM   #3
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that big tile will for sure help at slipping!

But in all honesty, your issue seems like you removed some kerdi from the stainless drain after it was set, then re-applied the same piece??? If so, you should have used a new piece.
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Have you any photos showing the area from which you removed the KerdiFlex from the Kerdi on your curb? If the thinset mortar had cured for an entire day before this removal, I'm very skeptical that your remaining surface would be sufficiently clean to make a watertight bond with the KerdiBand.

Are you actually using KerdiFlex rather than KerdiBand?

I'm not sure I understand what plastic you removed. This was just a protective plastic on the steel drain?

And what effect would that have on the bond between your KerdiFlex and your curb? What am I missing here?

[Edit] I gotta agree with Mike about that floor. That scares me and I'm usually neigh onto fearless! And keep in mind that the tile of whatever size has nothing at all to do with the waterproofing of your shower. That's just a decorative and protective covering for the waterproofing layer.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Hopefully I am young and spry enough to stay in my feet in there.

The large tile is slightly textured so I am hoping it won’t be to slick.

The old pieces were thrown away a fresh piece was reapplied the following week. The area it was applied to was not as clean as a new curb or a new shower base.
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CX,

Will update my signature area shortly. Thank you for the reply.

I am using Kerdi Band and preformed corners. Sorry for the confusion.

That is the plastic I was talking about.

The inside corner was on top of the plastic a tiny amount. When I removed the plastic it lifted up a tiny bit of the corner. When I removed the inside corner it lifted up the strip connecting the curb to the shower pan. This was all that was down at that point. This was removed a day after install.
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I did call Schluter on this and they said I should be fine.

I did a 24 hour flood test and here are the results are posted below.
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There is a good amount of wicking under the bands.

Schluter would give no stance on this.
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I would call this a pass, thoughts?

I would think this would be by far the hardest test the should will ever experience.

The should drains great and there is no standing water.

I am going to finish putting up some more Kirdi Band this weekend and might do some additions to the shower base but I do not think that is necessary.
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Verify the DCOF (dynamic coefficient of friction) rating for the tile you are using on the floor. If the tile doesn't provide one, I wouldn't use it. I am using polished tile for my shower wall and there's no DCOF rating for it. But I'm using matte finish tile on the floor with a rating of greater than .42. I think that's the min for wet surface. Large format tiles, especially on a linear drain floor are kind of standard. But just verify the DCOF.
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Thanks Charlie.

I will verify.

Here is a picture where you can see the tile. I know you can't tell anything about how slippery they will be from this picture.

Just posting so people can see the design I am going for.

These will also be on the curb if they check out.

I will be using Schluter inside and outside corners for all changes in plain.
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