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Unread 12-27-2011, 03:25 PM   #1
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Scott P's master bath remodel


Have been a long time visitor to the site for research, ideas, opinions. I started a master bath remodel almost a year ago and am finally getting closer to the custom shower build and tiling part.

My brother-in-law and I finished framing the shower and tub surround a couple of weeks ago. The shower is in the corner of the bathroom with two slightly taller than half walls forming the enclosure.

First question I have is regarding the framing of the half walls. I've read here and other places on the web that treated lumber has no place in shower wall construction (other than maybe a bottom plate on a concrete subfloor). I hadn't thought much about this before framing, and my brother-in-law who is in construction used treated lumber for the bottom plates on the shower wall framing and the tub surround.

Is it acceptable to have treated lumber used as the bottom plate in the shower/tub framing on a plywood subfloor (second story bathroom)?

Thanks in advance.
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Hi Scott, welcome! It is not at all necessary to use treated lumber for the bottom plate. Seeing how it is in already just leave it and don't do it again.
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Thank you Mike. I may be changing the height of the pony walls, and if I end up having to rip out the framing I'll switch out the pressure treated.

I'm fairly decided on doing a custom mud pan with Kerdi drain and kerdi membrane. May end up doing kerdi on the walls as well, but still interested in maybe doing a liquid for that part.

So, I have a question about the Kerdi drain install. I've researched the threads and seen some info regarding the install on a second story bathroom with no plumbing access (just put new drywall in the kitchen ceiling a month or so ago after I lost my balance putting in the new subfloor in the bathroom and nearly came crashing down on my wife and screaming newborn son....so, the idea of cutting an access panel for the drain makes me queasy).

I'm wondering if I can just calculate the height the drain needs to be when seated in the mud bed. Then, cut the riser at the right height. Maybe cut some bushings from PVC at the correct height. Glue the drain and riser, use screws through the drain flange and bushings, and make sure all is level. Then, mud and thinset under the drain flange and work my way from the drain to the walls with the mud to the correct slope height?

I'm trying to avoid the one-shot method of installing after the mud bed has been sloped out. Any ideas, opinions, suggestions for Kerdi drain on second floor with no plumbing access are greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
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