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Unread 08-31-2009, 12:45 PM   #1
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Schluter Drain Adapter Video

My rep, John Allsbury (Texas, Oklahoma and parts of Arkansas and Louisiana) and Corey Stevens (Mid-northern States) have made a video explaining how the Kerdi-drain can be attached to a conventional clamping shower drain base using Schluter's drain adapters.

It's sort of an interim video until Schluter comes out with their official one, and I'll warn you right now: they use a piece of drywall instead of plywood to illustrate the the process. They do flash on the screen that drywall should not be used over a concrete slab, but man . . . .

Also, when using a mud bed instead of the Kerdi-tray, we would install a moisture barrier and metal lath over the subfloor before placing the mud. I know they are assuming that everybody knows this, but I want it here just for the record.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3KZwDaszWY

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Unread 08-31-2009, 05:30 PM   #2
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John Allsbury is my Schulter go to guy also.

He was doing the filming there I guess.

I can't believe they send him all the way down to you in Huston JB. He lives just about 15 minutes up the rode from me.

Texas seems big enough to have a couple of reps.

I'm glad Schulter finally came out with something like this. But the plumbers will still leave them flanges cocked eyed and it won't work for me anyway.
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Yeah, I think it'll work if you do the mud floor. I think you'll be able to get the Kerdi-drain in level even if the sub drain is out a little. Now, if it's out way far, we're done, right?

I've known John for several years. I've had dinner down here with him. I know he doesn't like being away from home. He's a homey guy.

Texas is big, but the market in Texas is screwed up. It's a hard sell. I think a lot has to do with the fact that most of the folks installing tile in new homes here are from south of the border. The language barrier makes it hard to educate them.

A good indicator is that for the past several years I've taken off during the summer and RV'd around the continent. I have never been able to find a replacement for myself who can do Kerdi showers. And Houston is now the 4th largest population center in the nation.
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Nice video, and a really nice adapter (no surprise). I wonder if these guys do sidework? Frankengueuze industries needs to shoot some new stuff.

Good question about shimming it for non-level flanges. Will the kerdi-fix still seal? I hear it's some crazy caulk.

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gueuze, Kerdi fix is pretty crazy. You can flood test immediately. Right after laying a gooey bead!
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No, I wasn't talking about tilting the adapter; it has to be tight to the subdrain. I was talking about threading the actual Kerdi-drain into the rubber seal of the adapter. There will be some play there, not a lot, though.
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Drain

We have used this and it is great! It bridges the gap when a drain is already installed. There is another option. It is called a Spy Hat. I think it is new, but gives another option for making the drain transition from a conventional three piece drain. We used the Spy Hat on an old screw in drain. It has been a while since i have seen that type. We were going to ask the plumber to remove the drain but was in a high rise and was impossible to replace so we had to switch to our second option. It worked great. So now you have a couple of options when encountering drains already in place before you get to the job.
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do you mean this??
http://www.noblecompany.com/Portals/...20lo%20res.pdf
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Kinda like that, Eric, 'cept I think the one John has in mind is orange.

You'd want your hat to match your outfit, now, wouldn't ya?

'Course, I suppose a fella could wear him a blue outfit if he wanted.
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Unread 09-01-2009, 10:21 AM   #10
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anyone know if the adapter is sold without the Kerdi drain for someone who already bought a Kerdi drain?
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I was so sure that bright white shirt was gonna get it....
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I think Eric is talking about this one. I'm still trying to figure out how to keep it from falling off.

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Browsing my 2009 Schluter Catalog, it appears the adapter and drain are sold only together.
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Call David Taylor at Tile Experts.com and see can't he sell you just a hat.





Good lord, man, have you no fashion sense at all?!!!

Anyone could see that you'd need the 1 1/2" Noble coolie hat with that shirt, not that little skinny one.
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At the time that pic was taken, that hat was the only one in the Noble line. I think they were calling it Neo-Florentine, or something like that. And Schluter was so un-enamored of their version they wouldn't even put it in their fall catalog.

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