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Old 02-02-2011, 10:18 PM   #1
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First Time Shower advice needed!

Appreciate the help in advance...this is a great resource.

My first time installing a tile shower...this is replacing an existing fiberglass shower of the same size.

36" X 36" Neo-Angle

Plan to use a KBRS pre-fabed pan. I know of the cheaper (better?) alternatives, but for my first job I think this will be the simplest. If Kerdi made a pan in this shape I would consider...

Will install the pan according to KBRS directions..

1/2" Durock on studs followed by RedGaurd. Then tile. Plan to go with tile to ~ same height as where existing fiberglass shower is ~ 2" below showerhead.

Does this sound like a plan? Any advice? Any red flags?

Again, thanks for the help!
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:17 AM   #2
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I always think it is good to tile a little above the shower head at least. In fact I think it looks best to tile to the ceiling, but that is me.

Some pans tell you to install the cement board even with the pan flange, I think it is best to have it overlap the flange, but not resting on the base.

And yes redguard is a good way to go, much better I think than tar paper or plastic behind the cement board.
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:00 AM   #3
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You know after looking at that again, I believe you are correct - it will be much nicer to take the tile to the ceiling.

Instructions for the pan say to lay it on a bed of thinset and screw it down to the drain. They also say to overlap the flange with the cement guard as you suggest.

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Hi Mike, welcome to the Forum.

Don't forget to tape your joints before the Redguard.
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If this is a house you plan on being at a while I would look at an epoxy grout like Laticrete's Spectralock grout. It is much more expensive, and takes more work to do. But it never needs sealing, has perfect color, and will never mildew. Almost all the showers I do now I use the stuff, and people really like it.
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Old 02-03-2011, 05:16 PM   #6
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Thanks again for the tips...I will tape the joints!

Another question is do I redgaurd the surface of the KBRS pan?

Anyone have any tips on installing the pre-fab pan? The directions look pretty straightforward (perhaps a little too straightforward??)...

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no you don't need to redguard the pan.
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