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Unread 04-19-2014, 12:01 PM   #1
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Repair mortar shower pan

I had to remove recently installed tiles due to color variation. Shower pan is brand new, but when I removed tiles some of the mortar bed came up with the tiles. Is there a easy way to repair mortar bed without replacing entire shower pan?
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Unread 04-19-2014, 12:24 PM   #2
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Hi Rob, welcome. Any divots 1/4 inch deep or less can be filled with thinset. Deeper holes will need a little bit of mud in them, using thinset first as a bonder.
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Hard to tell from you picture what the damage is. If pieces came out and they are relatively small and no more than 1/4" deep, you can fix them with thinset. You might fix some that are a little deeper if you can get some medium-bed mortar.

But if you'll post some photos that better show the damage, or maybe describe the damage, we can give some more specific advice.
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Unread 04-19-2014, 01:01 PM   #4
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I see a linear drain (I think) but yet I see no evidence of a surface waterproofing membrane. How is the shower receptor made waterproof?
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Unread 04-19-2014, 01:48 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help guys. All but one of the gouges are less than 1/4" deep. Was not sure if I should use thinset or mortar. One gouge us 1" diameter, and about 3/4" deep. Would it be fine to use thinset since it is such a small area? In regards to the drain, it was installed according to manufacture instructions. There is a waterproof hot mop membrane under mortar bed.
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Unread 04-19-2014, 02:00 PM   #6
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Does your linear drain have weep holes in it's base? If water hits the hot mop, which it will, where does the water go?
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Unread 04-19-2014, 02:06 PM   #7
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Yes there are weep holes at the base of the drain
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May I ask the make of the drain as I'm interested in utilizing something like that in my own home.
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Unread 04-19-2014, 02:18 PM   #9
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Ya bought at ferguson in sacramento ca. Builder line series, Linear Shower Drains From Quartz By ACO. They come in 36" and 48" widths with two grate styles. I bought the 48" wave design and ran around $225 for the kit. Shower flange sold separately.
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So you will be tiling directly over what's in the picture, correct?

If so, I'd fill in those holes with thinset and let them dry overnight, then put the tile in. I would, however, check that one spot that's 3/4" deep and make sure it's not soft. Thinset tends to shrink a little as it dries, and the thicker you apply it, the more shrinkage you have, but you can gauge that as you go. If it's still soft or shrunk too much, skim it again and let it dry longer.

No chance you hit the waterproofing below, is there?
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Unread 04-19-2014, 07:37 PM   #12
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Ya no chance I punctured the hot mop. Ended up filling that large hole with mortar, and let it dry. Going to skim coat with thinset tomorrow.
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