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Old 09-11-2004, 01:30 PM   #1
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Kerdi drain user error

Erg, I just knew things were going too smoothly to date.

Last weekend the Kerdi drain was mortared into place, and this weekend I connected the ABS plumbing. Unfortunately, I put a bit too much stress during the connection, which caused the flange to tilt and pop about 0.3inches on one side.

To avoid puddling, will thinset/mortar fix this, or should I crawl back under the house, and re-plumb the drain...

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Old 09-11-2004, 05:09 PM   #2
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Hi Chris, if your slope is ok you can probably level the drain its itself. The piece that goes in the floor drain.
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Old 09-11-2004, 05:43 PM   #3
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They must have fed you lots of vegetables as a kid, Chris.

If you can, redo the plumbing connection so it puts less upward stress on the pipe. Use thinset to set the flange this time, but put something heavy on it (a box of tile works well) and go easssy on hooking it up again.

The drain flange has to be supported and squeezing thinset under there will do that, but the drain flange will still be way out of level. You don't have to be perfectly level, but if I'm reading the bubble on your level correctly, that's a little too much out.

Nice work on the mud pan. It looks good.
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Old 09-11-2004, 06:28 PM   #4
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_grumble_ yeah, maybe a bit too much spinach and a bit too much hurry...

OK, I'll do the 50m crawlspace crawl, saw out a pipe section, and fernco to the rescue...

BTW, I'll be making an order for some Kerdi and Keba any day now...

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Hi Chris,

I'm glad you decided to take David's advice. Saves me having to yell at you.

You must have really put some stuff on that drain.
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Old 09-25-2004, 07:42 AM   #6
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Was able to get the drain levelled with unmodified thinset. Kerdi went in fairly quickly, and the overnight water test was a success.

There is one air bubble of about 1" diameter on the wall. I'll neglect this unless someone recommends that I slice the bubble, thinset it out, and patch with Kerdi band. I figure the 12" tiles that I'm using will have enough grip with the remaining 143 sq inches remaining.

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Chris,

That is the brightest Kerdi I've ever seen. Looks good, though. I agree on the square inch thing. A hundred inches are enough on a wall.
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Old 09-26-2004, 04:06 AM   #8
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Old 03-14-2006, 03:36 PM   #9
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and another job (finally) finished with the help of this forum, and mat'ls from Kerdi, Rondec, and WilsonGlass. That'll be the last time my spouse asks me to fix the house
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Chris,
Looks great. FYI, after reading about what happened to you when you connected the drain, I decided to put a 60 lb sack of concrete mix on our Kerdi drain so that it wouldn't move while I connected the drain pipe from below. Worked out fine.
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Your tile work looks real nice.
Word to wise Don't try and hook up the drain line after the Kerdi drain has been set.
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Old 03-18-2006, 05:17 PM   #12
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Thanks to all you experts in this community that educated me with your posts and advised me throughout!

BTW, I used the Felker FTS-50 tile saw for this job, and with one additional diamond blade, it made it though these 18x18x0.375" granite tiles slowly, but finished the job. The Rondec on the edges and corners eliminated the need for bullnosing the wainscoting tiles, and looks quite nice.
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Old 03-18-2006, 05:34 PM   #13
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Chris, very nice job.

I'm going to seal a couple of your pictures and put them into a New Photo Album that was kicked off yesterday The New Photo Album .

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