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Old 07-02-2013, 11:37 AM   #1
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I figured I'd open myself up for some criticism and tell you guys about the turd polishing I pulled off yesterday (grouted this morning).

The parents of an old buddy of mine have a rental townhouse that had a cracked pan they needed repaired on the cheap until they can afford for me to gut the whole shower.

Normally I don't do things like this, but what the hell - we were already out there tiling a few hundred feet of floor for them and I'm confident I don't have to worry about any liability from it.

It's slab on grade with the shower pan recessed and pitched into the slab when the original pour was done. It's pretty common around here and most have no liner at all. Yeah I know. Nasty. Not to mention how in the fvck they pass inspection...

Anyway, there is a crack than runs through the slab that of course the pan followed suit. No plane change but looks terrible and no doubt leaks. He asked me if I could make it livable until tax time next year. I gave it some thought and this is what I did.

I had a piece of NobleDeck laying around. Picked up 15sf of 2x2 porcelain and a drain extension. Had a half a bucket of QL2 laying around as well as a tube of matching ColorRite silicone.

Took a palm sander with some 80 grit to the existing ceramic after cleaning out all of the caulking that had been jammed in the cracks over the years. Vacuumed it out and wiped it down with denatured alcohol. Primed with latex primer.

Traced the drain extension on the NobleDeck and dropped it in, cutting the rest in tight. Laid out the 2x2s and traced the now cut out ND, making sure I let it overhang about an 1/8" so I'd have a caulk joint. Once I had everything cut I mixed enough Ultraflex 2 to set everything with.

Set the ND and siliconed the drain connection and perimeter. Set the pan and inside curb tile. Total time about 2 1/2 hours.
Went back this morning and grouted and caulked - maybe another hour and a half. Saved them a bit of dough and some time. We'll see how it holds up. Let the flame fest begin lol.
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if there are no pictures it didn't happen.

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Yeah these threads are pointless without pics
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I didn't think to take pictures of it honestly. Very plain white 6x6 walls with white 2x2 pan. I put beige 2x2s back in with mocha grout. Why on earth would I want pics of that lol. It does look better than it did. Not by much, but some..
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Hack!

I need to re-evaluate everything I've been reading from you.

But Confession is good for the soul, Paul.

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It'll probably hold up better than you think
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In my early days whilst moonlighting at a friends house (still lives there)I applied a 1/4" luan underlayment to the bathroom floor, then mastic followed by 2 x 2 ceramic.

Friggin floor still going strong decades later
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Hack!

I need to re-evaluate everything I've been reading from you.

But Confession is good for the soul, Paul.
Ahhh there's the purge I've been looking for. Catharsis via CT
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In my early days whilst moonlighting at a friends house (still lives there)I applied a 1/4" luan underlayment to the bathroom floor, then mastic followed by 2 x 2 ceramic.

Friggin floor still going strong decades later


Hell - I feel like applying to NASA now
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You probably have some good mojo going. But how did you seal the edges of the floor to the wall? You didn't mention any wall tile removal.
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You probably have some good mojo going. But how did you seal the edges of the floor to the wall? You didn't mention any wall tile removal.
I just used silicone to tie it to the existing wall tile. Basically the walls are as waterproof as they were before I got there lol. I can guarantee its no worse.
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Just to be sure, you better say 3 Hail Marys.
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Just to be sure, you better say 3 Hail Marys.
I martyred a large coffee and three donuts at the scene, does that count?
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I think we've all done favors like these to squeeze a little more life out something once in a blue moon. Code is great, and so are manufacturer specs, but if the HO is completely informed of all the risks they're taking, then it's not on you anymore. Also, someone who is knowledgeable of the trade and completely understands what they're doing can usually work out an acceptable rig.

Edit: To sum up, a hack is someone who passes off crap work as a job well done. A good tradesman can do a quick and dirty fix without being a hack, as long as they're honest and up front about it.

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