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    Default Kerdi Board Shower Niches - Review of Schluter System's new shower ready made niches

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    Default Sizes sold for the kerdi Board prefabricated shower niche

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    Default Kerdi Board - Opinions on this new backer board

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    I know this is an old thread, but I found it via Google after my contractor and I had a conversation about my new shower install. For whatever it's worth, I thought I'd post a few thoughts from a customer perspective. My contractor presented the Schulter System as an alternative to the traditional Durock and custom build method. After reading many articles, including this one, we elected to pass on the Schulter for several reasons.

    New technology can be great, but in many cases, it just presents additional issues and challenges. It would appear the same case could be made for this new shower system. The traditional methods have challenges, but I know the limitations and I'm willing to live with them. My original home built in 1960 by hand with traditional methods and process never leaked. Two other homes I've owned had showers built in 1952, and another built in 1987, neither of those leaked, so I'm comfortable with the traditional methods.

    One of the most concerning issues above is the lack of response from the company. If they're not calling you back, then imagine how I would feel as a customer waiting for them to call me back to fix a problem. I don't want to be waiting around for a company to call me back to help fix an issue with their product.

    Perhaps driven by 23 year old Stanford Finance MBA's looking to pinch a penny, personal voice based customer service in the US has taken a backseat to "self service" via websites, automated phone scripts and the like. It works for some products, but not others. If a company is not going to pick up the phone, or take a minute to call me (or you) back, I'm more likely to opt out. This same customer service concern applies if my call is transferred to a call center located on the other side of the earth.

    In the final analysis, I understand the challenges with the traditional tile shower and the ongoing maintenance involved. I'm just not willing to try the new thing just yet. We start the project in 2 weeks.

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    Default Kerdi Board Niche or Cement Board with Kerdi (one sucks and one is rock solid)

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    Thanks for the insight John. I have to admit I don't quite understand most of the verbiage used (niches, paper, etc. I also understand some of the issues or problems I've read about here and elsewhere could be contractor related, perhaps not experienced with the system, nor following best practices with the installation process/technique.

    That said, the contractor building my shower has been doing it for many years, and based on recommendations, we selected him. He brought up the Schluter system in conversation. In all honestly he likes it, and raved about it. But he can also build it out the traditional way. Given what I've read here, and elsewhere, I'm just more familiar and comfortable with the traditional building technique.

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    I'll be curious to see if the next one leaks. Bottom line, if its said to be waterproof, it better not. No excuses.

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    Default If the next one leaks. Bottom line, if its said to be waterproof, it better not

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    I wouldn't doubt we hear a claim that you're biased because you hate Kerdi. Anyone that's been watching knows you install Kerdi in the majority of the projects you showcase here. Whether it works or not, you call it how you see it. That's how it should be.

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    I'll take the $20 bet and say the new Kerdi board niche will not leak in 12 hours. Weeping doesn't count. A drop of water at the corner like before, and the 20 is on its way to you.

    I hope I win. You'll have a good niche, and the little spiff for conducting the experiment. If you win, you have niches that need more attention, and no coffee money for a week. I can only imagine the posts!

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    How bout $1 bet, just for fun. LOL

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    I just saw the pic. It'll take the added pressure. LOL I'll be rooting for Kerdi more than Jim now.

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