Replace inset shower with a tile one

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Old 09-27-17, 10:22 AM
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Replace inset shower with a tile one

Hi All, I've done plenty of tile around my house but the next project is installing a tile shower on the 2nd floor of our house where there is just currently one of those inset showers in there that's really outdated. done remodeling on various things just never tackled a tile shower install.

So I am just wondering how much work would go into taking out the inset and doing a nice tile shower? the space is only about 4.5' wide by 3.5' deep and maybe 8' ceiling. current inset only goes up about 6' thou. from all the forums I've read it seems like a lot to redo a shower in tile but it seems like a worthwhile investment. Thanks in advance for the advice.
 
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It's a fair bit of work and the tile is just the pretty bit at the end.

That's a very broad question. Do you have any more specific questions about the task?
 
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so I've read on here you need cement board behind the tile, tape the seams and then you can put the wall tiles up, correct? one of my big ones is what goes on the floor part before the tile is put down? I'm guessing once I pull the current shower out there will just be a drain in the floor or should there already be a shower pan under that? house was built in 96'
 
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First you will have to choose the method of construction you want. A more traditional method is to install a membrane on the floor to form a catch basin. Form up the floor with a slope using mortar. Put Hardie Backer or cement board on the walls.... There are also many new products. Some are foam shower pans that have the slope molded in and there are also several types of paint on waterproofing membranes.
 
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I would like to do a tile floor in the shower if that's possible vs a pan. i think once i can get a picture i'll post that to show what i have. as i said when i pull the old shower out i'm not sure what will be under it.
 
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Old 09-28-17, 01:11 PM
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The easy way would be to get a terrazzo pan -- they're very heavy btw. The 'regular' way would look something like this:

 
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ok good picture, I was trying to enlarge it but could not. is there a link to it?
 
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Here is a five part series on how to build a shower floor that will give you great direction on proper techniques.

How to Create a Shower Floor ? Part 1
 
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You guys need to start looking at the Ditra & Prova membrane systems, no mortar, no cement board, absolutely water proof.

I would never do anything but this!
 
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Old 09-30-17, 12:50 AM
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Good point Marq. Schluter would probably be easier.

https://www.schluter.com/schluter-us...-KERDI/p/KERDI
 
 

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