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Old 05-26-2015, 06:07 PM   #1
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Default Need advice for shower remodel

Greetings all, this is my first shower remodel and I have it all torn down to the studs. I've gotten mixed responses/search results from my basic questions.

I'm going to be using synthetic/engineered marble slabs for the shower walls.

Remember this is for shower walls, not tile floors:

I've decided to use durock under the slabs...

studs/vapor barrier/durock/slabs OR studs/durock/thinset over seams/slabs

Those are the main questions I have at this time, I'll add as I think of them

Thanks!
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I wouldn't worry about vapor barrier, no shower I've ripped out has it behind the walls, but check with someone if there's intelligent life in the masonry/plumbing dept at your local store. (The Lowes I go to hires retired or out of work tradesmen for their depts, kinda cool)

I personally wouldn't use Durock, the stuff is a pain in the *** to work with. It's fine in whole sheets, but cutting it is a PITA. I'd use hardibacker, much easier to cut.
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I just installed fake marble tile slabs for the in-laws kitchen. Be careful that you don't buy cheap Chinese made tile like we did. The store never told us. The pieces were warped to sh*t but I had no idea until half of it was on. Very frustrating because I thought the floor was out of level. Had to rip it off and start over.
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Thanks for the tip. Fortunately I have a good company that comes well recommended by other family members. They actually engineer it themselves and I'll pick it up directly from their factory.
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My advice, make sure all of the lines are correct. Coming from masonry in the past, there's nothing worse than looking at a "nice" house from a distance and seeing crooked lines. Lol. I have never put vapor barrier behind the walls in a bathroom. I have just used the water resistant sheet rock or the Hardiboard (mason board) to put in behind. Definitely make sure you get complete coverage on the tile mortar going on the walls. It will be what seals the wall. And make sure you use non pourous grout for the gaps.
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