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Unread 09-27-2014, 11:35 PM   #1
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Masonry shower curb cure time?

I just put in a shower curb with a masonry mix. Looking all over online and here within the forums, I have yet to read what the cure time should be around.

If it is like most concrete, I would think I am good at 24 hours. My problem is within my searches it comes back with brick layers (for bricks, not a shower curb) stating that the recommend 28 days. Doesn't seem right to me.

Any help on this would be great.

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Unread 09-27-2014, 11:43 PM   #2
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Welcome, Joe.

By "put in a shower curb with masonry mix," do you mean you created the entire curb with that product or that you set CMUs of some kind using the masonry mix?
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Unread 09-28-2014, 08:26 AM   #3
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Hi CX,

I created the entire curb out of masonry mix. I followed the instructions from a page I found on this site.

http://www.johnbridge.com/how-to/shower-curb/

(I don't understand why I cannot have a link to this site, but....)

I have also attached a photo of what it looked like when I competed it last night, around 7pm.

In my mind, I know that it should be good to go in 24 hours, but still want to make sure. What I really want to hear is that it is good to go after 12 to 14 hours. That would allow me to finish the mud deck today.

Thanks again for your time and help.

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Unread 09-28-2014, 08:53 AM   #4
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Joe, you'll be able to post links after you've made another post. It's an anti-spam measure we have in place.

So, you have covered a wood or masonry built curb with you pan liner, metal lath, and masonry cement, right? If that's the case there is no need to wait at all to place your deck mud so long as you are careful not to damage the curb while doing so. It'll still be somewhat fragile in your 12 to 14-hour time frame, but it won't care at all about you placing your final shower floor.

I personally find it difficult to place the deck mud without kneeling on the curb, but it can certainly be done.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Unread 09-28-2014, 10:11 AM   #5
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While the mud is still some what fresh, you can rub it down with a rub stone to fine tune the flatness and remove any high spots. The flatter the surfaces are, the easier it will be to tile.

Also, when you are finished with the floor mud, go over it with a flat steel trowel. This will bring a little water to the surface giving it a hard crust on top.
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Unread 09-28-2014, 10:56 AM   #6
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Thanks for the help guys. I will wait to do the final mud deck. I cannot do it without bumping into it, not matter how much I try not to.

CX -
As for your question about the curb, it is 3 2x4's wrapped with the pan liner. The pan liner is on top of my pre slope mud deck.

Davy-
Thanks for the advice about the stone. When I did by pro slope mud desk, I went with a very dry mix. There wasn't any water to worry about. I followed the advice of this video.

I found this video very helpful for how to mixing the mud and the ratio of Topping mix and Sand (for those searching, it is two 60 lbs of Topping mix and 1/2 of a 50 lbs bag of all purpose play sand)

youtube[DOT]com[FORWARDSLASH]watch?v=YJwKZCKWlOk&list=PLE025D61CF6E3515B&index=1


Installing the mud itself
youtube[DOT]com[FORWARDSLASH]watch?v=5GmutV5AOAU&list=PLE025D61CF6E3515B&index=5

Thanks again for your help.

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Davy,

I find it interesting in your photo that you already have your wall tile up, but are installing your deck mud.

Is that normal?

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Joe, you can post the actual links.
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CX - I was still getting an error when I tried to post the links.
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Unread 09-28-2014, 01:57 PM   #10
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I can never remember if it's three posts that's required or more than three posts, Joe, but if you get that same response now, we've got a problem.
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Joe, yeah, it's normal to me. After I mud my walls I go ahead and make a small level mud screed around the perimeter. That small screed gives me a level starting point for my first row of wall tiles. I then mud the floor and tile it.
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