Wife wants to remodel bathroom

Old 02-24-05, 12:23 PM
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Ok guys, here is what she wants to do. We have a garden tub in the corner of our bathroom. She wants to take it out and build a shower in its place. This shower is going to be close to 6' X 6'. Question #1: I know I need to put "green board" on the wall where I will be putting the tile, but should I put the green board on top of the existing drywall? Question #2: If I tile the shower floor, I am pretty sure I have to pour a concrete slab, correct? If so, how thick does the slab need to be? I think this is going to turn out to be a headache before its all over with. Any suggestions are appreciated guys. Thanks
Old 02-24-05, 08:23 PM
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Hi JF45159,
- uh-oh, - this sounds like one of those 'your screwed if you do, and your screwed if you don't' deals !
I've done similar before, but not so large. I did remove the wallboard and replace it with concrete board. ( you may get more knowledgeable advice on this from the wallboard guys). I also poured a thin slab , sloping from about 1 1/2' at the walls down to 1/2 around the drain, before I tiled it. ( maybe consult the tile experts on that too)

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Lots of tile guys, lots of great advice on a specific project such as this.
Pretty helpful.

I'd also reccomend his book. (if I can without sounding like an ad. )

Good luck, I"m in a very similar situation... great excuse to buy expensive tools with the money you save by DIY! whoo!

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Old 02-25-05, 03:08 PM
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No greenboard on the walls in the shower surround. It is NOT to be used in wet areas. You can use it on the walls in the rest of the bathroom.
Use 1/2" cement board in the shower and put a 6 mil plastic sheet up first to help protect the studs from any water that gets through the cement board.
The shower floor will need a liner that is placed over a presloped subfloor and then it is covered in more mud, also sloped to the drain. There are other sites that have info on building a pan but I'm not sure how far I can go in referring you to someplace else so I will leave it in the hands of others who will know better.

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