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Old 02-05-2016, 09:17 AM   #61
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While all the Kerdi membrane systems are great, $569 for a basic shower kit is very expensive. I used their membrane on an outside balcony deck of my 36' screen porch and it's been leak free.

I have a buddy that's a lifelong commercial tile mason and bathroom remodeler, and he's found the Redgard on top of cement backer board to work great. He's never had a single leak in shower walls or in floorpans.

For my bath floor, I'm going to apply 2 coats of Redgard to my Wonderboard cement board. The grandkids sometimes get a little carried away splashing in the tub.
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How does wedi board compare to dens shield? DH chose the latter after significant research. But I know he looked at wedi board as well.

Totally agree on the big, extra tall niche. We shop at costco so we had to make sure the niches were tall enough for the jumbo shampoos/rinses.

Another tip - if you're moving plumbing... add in shut off valves someplace accessible. Our house was built in the early 60's and didn't have shut off valves anywhere. Now we have them under each sink and built a panel into the back of the new linen cupboard with hot/cold shut off valves for the entire bathroom (including shower).
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... Lots of bright lights inside the shower, too.
Why? While taking a shower, is there really something you want to see in a bright light?
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It all depends on who you are showering with....
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Why? While taking a shower, is there really something you want to see in a bright light?
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It all depends on who you are showering with....
Even then...a bright light? What exactly might you be looking for?
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Even then...a bright light? What exactly might you be looking for?
Dirt to wash off that you might have missed?
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These friends renovated their master and guest baths at the same time (one after the other) and when the contractor took out the one-piece fiberglass tub to replace it they discovered that there were NO studs in the wall behind the tub. The funny part was that a year or two earlier my friend had tried to hang something on the other side of that wall behind the tub and couldn't find a stud with her stud-finder so she concluded that the stud-finder was broken and threw it away!
When I took up the tile in the powder room in our last house, I discovered the plumbers had cut the floor joist to make room for the toilet drain. The only thing holding up the joist was the subfloor! Even funnier, we had a house inspector inspect the house. He noticed that toilet was not tight and went in the crawl space to make sure it was not leaking. He didn't say a word about the joist being cut. Just said it was not leaking. It was leaking when I replaced the floor tile and the subfloor was rotted around the toilet and had to be replaced along with the joist being shored up.

Moral of this story: Expect the unexpected when you remodel.

Another hint: Make sure they put concrete board (Durarock, etc.) around the shower and not dry wall.
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