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Unread 06-13-2021, 11:13 AM   #1
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3 X 5 shower pan floating question

Hi everyone,
Ive got a 3' X 5' shower pan to float with the edge of the square drain at one end that's only 3" from the wall. At 1/4" pitch per foot slope and doing a level perameter the slope for that 3" space is rediculous. Some advice for this would be hugely appreciated!

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Unread 06-13-2021, 11:49 AM   #2
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Welcome back, Todd.

I'd recommend you move the drain to the center of the shower footprint.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Hi Todd,

I recommend what CX recommends. Doesn't have to be centered exactly from end to end, but should be centered in the short dimension.
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The shower will function fine without a level perimeter, but most people prefer it. On one perspective, though, consider a single slope to a linear drain...the perimeter is not level on one of those. It's not uncommon to cut the bottom row of tile to help in the layout. Depending on the size of the tile, when they are fairly large, it isn't as obvious.

FOr most people, though, they prefer a level perimeter of tile, so centering works out better for them.
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Seems like every couple years I tile a shower that has the drain close to one end. It's always where a tub was removed and someone didn't want to move the drain. It's best to center the drain like the others said but I have run the perimeter out of level to help the drain end from being so steep.
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I have also done what Davy suggests. Last one I did like that the drain was in the corner. After I floated and tiled it I was surprised it didn't bother me more having most of the slope running one direction and not level around the perimeter.

What helped my situation is we used larger tile on the walls so the first grout joint wasn't close to the floor to really accentuate how un-level the perimeter was.
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If you leave it in the corner or close to a wall, arrange your tile so that you never have any slivers on that bottom row. That means, at the most, you'd have a full tile at the lowest point, and cut the majority of them around the perimeter smaller. It will help if you lay all of the tile out and mark a nice clean line so that doesn't attract the eye to the fact that they're all cut, OR, run them down near the surface of the pan, and use the tile up to them to hide any inconsistencies. OR, you could use a profile at that junction. https://youtu.be/MBT5-8ML_X0 profile has a pocket to hide those cuts and also means you don't need to caulk that joint ever, so less maintenance.
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