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Old 04-03-2015, 11:30 AM   #1
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Shower Base Squeaking


I am installing a round acrylic shower base on a cement floor. The base squeaks really bad. The floor is not level so i started shimming with wood shims. It started to squeak worse. I am getting frustrated with the shims. The base is acrylic with a foam backer. My question is has anybody set this type of base in a mortar bed. I was thinking on using a 1/4 x 1/4 or 1/2 x1/2 trowel. Would I make things worse if I were to do this?
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Old 04-03-2015, 12:01 PM   #2
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I am installing a round acrylic shower base on a cement floor. The base squeaks really bad. The floor is not level so i started shimming with wood shims. It started to squeak worse. I am getting frustrated with the shims. The base is acrylic with a foam backer. My question is has anybody set this type of base in a mortar bed. I was thinking on using a 1/4 x 1/4 or 1/2 x1/2 trowel. Would I make things worse if I were to do this?
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Why don't you level the floor, make sure there is no flexing in the subfloor and follow shower pan manufacturer installation instructions. This way you don't have to deal with shims and waste time and money on all other bs.

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I always set that type of pan in mortar but no notched trowel. Just mix it up and pourspread it out on the slab where the base will be sitting on it and wiggle/work the pan down to level. Depth of mortar depended on floor level and pan design.
Some of those pans come with a felt sheet to place under the pan, supposed to help eliminate squeaks on slabs....but I've never used it. Mortar takes care of everything and makes for a nice solid base.
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I always set my Mustee brand bases in mortar - the one I have at my house will dent soap if you drop it

No dry pack, mix it like brick mortar and get every nook and cranny.
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Put a piece of plastic over the wet concrete to separate it from the shower pan. If you don't use enough concrete this helps keep the mess down so you can add more concrete.
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Also, don't step into the pan to squish it down or level it. Once you step out, the pan flexes back up and when dry leaves a hollow spot enough to flex and squeak.
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Put a piece of plastic over the wet concrete to separate it from the shower pan. If you don't use enough concrete this helps keep the mess down so you can add more concrete.
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Thanks for the responses. Put the pan in a mortar mix. Worked well.

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