(206) 949-5683, Top Rated Plumber, Seattle
Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Lip/curb for a shower?

  1. #1
    DIY Junior Member netrate's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Niagara, ON
    Posts
    3

    Default Lip/curb for a shower?

    I am in the process of figuring out how to create the curb/lip of the shower.

    I haven't purchased the door yet though, not sure if that matters.
    Is there a step by step out there for creating a lip? Someone said make it with bricks because it won't rot that way. Any suggestions?

  2. #2
    Retired Defense Industry Engineer jadnashua's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    New England
    Posts
    21,379

    Default

    Yes, you can use bricks or concrete pavers. What may be more critical, though, is the method of waterproofing it properly. If this is on a wooden subfloor, you can also use 2x material, but concrete pavers or bricks are better over a concrete slab.

    Assuming you are building a conventional, liner shower, the liner needs to come over the top of the curb down to the floor and only be fastened on the outer side near the floor, and the cuts need to be sealed with the pvc corners, and then it gets some metal lath installed over it, then covered with mortar. That liner needs to be on top of a preslope on the body of the pan, then a setting bed gets installed on top of that.

    My preference, though, is to use a surface membrane. This can simplify the overall construction, and it also means there's MUCH less that can get wet so things dry out faster, too. Check out www.schluter.com and the Kerdi membrane for an example.

    There are several industry standard documents that describe how to successfully build a code compliant shower - you should check out the TCNA handbook, which describes the tested, approved, methods.
    Jim DeBruycker
    Important note - I'm not a pro
    Retired Defense Industry Engineer; Schluter 2.5-day Workshop Completed 2013, 2014

  3. #3
    DIY Junior Member netrate's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Niagara, ON
    Posts
    3

    Default

    It is on a concrete floor.
    Right now I purchased some Oately 40 mil pvc liner. 4 feet by 4 feet.

    The shower is 32 X 32 inches. The guy at HD told me to get 6 extra inches per side for the liner, so that is what I did. Now, thinking about the lip, I guess I am going to have to buy another 1 X 4 of the stuff and use the adhesive over the lip (hopefully that won't be problem rather than buying a brand new whole piece that is larger. The person helping me with the job was a masonry worker for years, so hopefully we can work with brick.

    Is that way the mesh curbs/kirbs ( http://www.kirb-perfect.com ) are only 30 inches in width? Are most shower doors that size?
    With the KERDI membrane, do I have to buy the entire kit? Can I just get enough to cover the curb?

  4. #4
    ACO Shower Drain Sales johnfrwhipple's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    North Vancouver, BC
    Posts
    2,959
    Blog Entries
    5

    Default

    post(s) deleted by John Whipple
    Last edited by johnfrwhipple; 03-17-2014 at 05:45 AM.


    jfrwhipple@gmail.com - www-no-curb.com - 604 506 6792

    Always get construction advice double checked by your local city hall. Flood Test Every Shower - Every Time.

  5. #5
    DIY Junior Member netrate's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Niagara, ON
    Posts
    3

    Default

    Not there on the pre-slope yet. Still have a hole in the ground!
    Also, how do I know if there is enough slope with the existing drain now that I have the floor opened up?

  6. #6
    ACO Shower Drain Sales johnfrwhipple's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    North Vancouver, BC
    Posts
    2,959
    Blog Entries
    5

    Default

    post(s) deleted by John Whipple
    Last edited by johnfrwhipple; 03-17-2014 at 05:45 AM.


    jfrwhipple@gmail.com - www-no-curb.com - 604 506 6792

    Always get construction advice double checked by your local city hall. Flood Test Every Shower - Every Time.

Similar Threads

  1. Shower Curb / Custom Shower Questions
    By n0teye in forum Shower & bathtub Forum & Blog
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-30-2011, 06:05 AM
  2. Place copper connection underground or in shower curb?
    By Ichthys in forum Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Tricks
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 01-03-2010, 06:46 AM
  3. Sunken Shower - depth, curb, or ramp
    By Jelly in forum Shower & bathtub Forum & Blog
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-16-2009, 08:42 PM
  4. Screwing shower door track into tile/mortar curb
    By ScAndal in forum Shower & bathtub Forum & Blog
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-19-2009, 07:02 AM
  5. building a shower curb with composite pan
    By dirt diggler in forum Shower & bathtub Forum & Blog
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-21-2007, 07:10 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •