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    Default Mortar Cement for Fiberglass (Sterling Accord) Tub

    Going to set tub on mortar bed. Looked around on board and decided to use the Quickrete Sand/Topping Mix as suggested. Will use the pile method.

    The question I have is how much should I mix up for a 60" x 30" tub? Can I mix in a 5 gal bucket by hand? I've only ever mixed cement in a wheelbarrow, and don't really want to drag that into the bathroom

    Thanks for the help?

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    Using a five gallon bucket works fine. If you have a 1/2" drill, you can buy a paddle mixer for it.

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    Thanks for the quick response!

    Is a 5 gal bucket full enough? Or do you think I will need multiple 5 gal batches? Just trying to get a feel for how big the piles should be to make sure that I am using enough..

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    You're just using a few piles. One is plenty.

    If you place too much mortar below the tub, it will never set down far enough.




    Last edited by Terry; 11-13-2013 at 09:07 PM.

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    I used about a gallon bedding a 60" Sterling Accord shower base.

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    You wont be able to mix it by hand in a 5 gallon pail.

    You can mix it with a 1/2" drill and paddle in a bucket, add the water first, then add dry mix in portions.

    It's hard to say how much you will use, it depends on the design of the tub.

    I'm assuming Terry doesn't shoot for full coverage under the tub, just a few solid piles under it. Personally I use enough to support every inch that I can.

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