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Unread 05-09-2012, 09:32 PM   #1
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Basement Bathroom

Hi, I am new here. I am installing a bathroom in my basement on a concrete slab floor. I framed the room with 2 x 4's, insulated with fiberglass and installed cement backerboard for the tile in the shower. I am also planning to tile the rest of the floor. The floor has been painted but the paint does not seem to be sticking very well as it has peeled in a few places. The walls, other than the shower will be drywall. The floor and walls in the shower will be tile. The shower curb is 2 x 4 covered in cement board. Question 1,what, if anything, do I have to do to the floor before I lay tile? There are no visible cracks and the floor is not level. I layed the shower out and installed the drain to take advantage of this. Question 2, do I tile the floor then the walls or the walls before the floor? I appreciate any advice.
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Unread 05-09-2012, 10:15 PM   #2
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Im not a pro but I have done what you are doing, a basement bathroom.

First, how do you plan to waterproof the shower? Whats behind the backer board for example, plastic etc?

I dont understand the drain in relation the the floor level. It should be irrelevant as you should center the drain in the shower, build a preslope, then liner, then final pan.

Next, the curb should be bricks, 2x4's on the slab is asking for trouble.

The paint needs to come off the slab "mechanically", use NO solvent removers. The fact its not sticking could indicate a moisture problem too, you need to address this before you can figure out what method you use to finish the floor.

The Pros should be along shortly but they most certainly will want pictures...
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