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    Default advice on bulding up a shower base

    I am installing a round shower base and need to elevate it a couple of inches or so to make room for the drain piping. What are some of the ways I can raise up the base without building a square base? I want the shape of the base to match the shape of the arc in this picture

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    Round pavers and a dremel.
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    Exclamation Building shower base

    If you would just get a professional plumber to make a legal piping connection

    you would not have to mickey mouse the plumbing and make a platform

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    Quote Originally Posted by MACPLUMB 777 View Post
    If you would just get a professional plumber to make a legal piping connection

    you would not have to mickey mouse the plumbing and make a platform
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    This works too.
    I know someone who has taken a garden hose connected to their laundry sink, hung it up with a coat hanger, wrapped a hula hoop around it all with curtain, and it extends over the main drain in the basement, and that is their shower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfls45 View Post
    I am installing a round shower base and need to elevate it a couple of inches or so to make room for the drain piping. What are some of the ways I can raise up the base without building a square base? I want the shape of the base to match the shape of the arc in this picture

    Jeff



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    Read what the end of this sentence means.

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    I am not accepting anymore replies that are not serious in nature. Please only post serious answers to my questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfls45 View Post
    I am not accepting anymore replies that are not serious in nature. Please only post serious answers to my questions.

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    What you are trying to do is always going to look like a kludge, and is likely to come back to bite you when you ever decide to sell the house, if not before. You should really consider doing it right now, than having to pay later.
    You could just make yourself a form and pour concrete. You'll have to figure out a way to make the height look good, getting a curved baseboard out of wood would be subject to moisture damage and not that easy. Doing it in tile would give you a tough edge to the base of the unit - you'd have to use small tile to conform to the curve. Not too many good options, unless you do it right.
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    Default building a base.

    If you are dead-set in building up a base, here's what I would do.
    Put shower pan on floor. trace it out. remove shower pan. cut lumber (2x4 or 2x whatever height you need) to extend from the wall to short of the line by a measurement you will have to calculate from the materials below that you will pick out. I'd run lots of pieces and when you are done you will have roughly the outer contour. on the ends, I'd use something flexible like 3/8ths ply, followed by ditra, follows by a very small tile on a mes backing that will deal well with the curves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doc5md View Post
    followed by ditra
    Ditra might work, but the manufacturer specifies a minimum of 2x2" tiles. While not on a floor, if you knocked it just right, you'd possibly break it. RedGard would work to waterproof things.

    Still, better to do the plumbing right in the first place...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfls45 View Post
    I am not accepting anymore replies that are not serious in nature. Please only post serious answers to my questions.

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    Yea Jeff,
    And us pro's are only accepting serious questions....



    Now quit huffing and get real!


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    Quote Originally Posted by jadnashua View Post
    Ditra might work, but the manufacturer specifies a minimum of 2x2" tiles. While not on a floor, if you knocked it just right, you'd possibly break it. RedGard would work to waterproof things.

    Still, better to do the plumbing right in the first place...
    Ah yes, forgot about that. redgard is probably a better idea.
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    Don't forget to buy more home insurance for that shower.

    Have you ever used a tub, or a shower that was built up?

    I have.
    It's one long step down when you get out.

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