Does this shower pan mortar look right to you (URGENT)

roxpiperJune 12, 2013

We are having our bathroom remodeled and are due to start the tile this week.

A friend who has done several bathroom remodels himself came over and was horrified to see the type of mortar used in the shower pan. It is very "pebbly" and has a ton of loose pebbles in there as well. It doesn't look anything like the photos I see when I google "shower pan mortar"; they are all smooth and show no evidence of "gravel".

He said that something will eventually pierce the gray liner and that there is no way I should allow this.

I have called the contractor and he's coming over in two hours.

For what it's worth the shower pan did pass the inspection with the city, but presumably that just ensures that it has the proper slope and holds water.

Any thoughts on this?

Thanks so much!

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snookums2

Get over to John Bridge tile forum. They build pans all the time and are stringent with industry standards.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 1:54PM
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roxpiper

Thanks snookums2 - done :)

Not if I will receive a response in time but we'll see - just a few minutes before he turns up now.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 2:55PM
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roxpiper

Thanks snookums2 - done :)

Not if I will receive a response in time but we'll see - just a few minutes before he turns up now.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 4:21PM
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live_wire_oak

If that mess is over the liner, then you have big problems. You are supposed to do the preslope first. Then the liner. Then the final mud pack, thinset, and tile.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 5:44PM
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roxpiper

It is under the liner - does that make it OK, or is it still not appropriate?

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 6:00PM
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