03:22PM | 11/02/08
Member Since: 11/01/08
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Currently my shower floor is unlevel and therefore doesn't drain properly. Is it possible to pour self leveling concrete on top of the existing tiles and then retile the whole thing? If so what can I use to extend the drain or prevent the concrete from going in it? Also, is there a particular way to make sure the water will flow to the center, where the drain hole is, when i'm all done tiling?


06:15AM | 11/11/08
Member Since: 11/10/08
3 lifetime posts
You want to be careful with 'leveling' a shower floor, for water doesn't travel in the direction you want it to if it is level. I think I know what you're asking for, though. First off, you want to make sure you have a surface to 'level' that will not release your mortar bed, ie: ceramic tiles can release mortar if the mortar is applied to the top of them. Removal of the existing tiles is best, but you can coat the tiles with an adhering compound. The best mixture of a bed to create a slope that I have found is a 'dry' mixture. Actually has a very little water content, added to portland and sand. This is good for areas needing an inch or more of 'leveling'. Careful with self leveling products in this regard. You don't want your leveler to run down your drain, and believe me, you'll lose all of your leveler that way. A ABS or PVC pipe fitted inside the drain, best if a little bigger diameter that the drain, works very well. You can get drain extentions from a plumbing cintracting outfit. Much success with your project..

Todd Griffin


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