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Tile-Basin® Questions:

• What are furring strips and why do I need them?

Furring strips (mostly used for shower bases) make it easy to extend the studs over the perimeter flange of the shower base once the shower base is installed and before the tile backer board is installed.

When you ordered your custom shower base, you were instructed to calculate your shower base measurements to allow a 1/4" "gap" between your stud walls and the outside perimeter of the shower base (we call this gap "wiggle room") in order to make the installation easier, and to allow for slight errors in measurements.

The perimeter flanges on your shower base must "free-float" (not attached to the studs) between the tile backer board and the studs. By attaching furring strips to the studs, you will be able to bring your backer board all the way down to the surface of the shower base straight and plumb. This will also prevent any pressure from being applied to the flange when you fasten the backer board to the studs. Click on the diagram links below for a better understanding of how furring strips are used.

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• DIY sites recommend using “pea-size” gravel to prevent the shower drain's weep holes from clogging; why do you not recommend this procedure?

You were most likely viewing recommendations on a procedure used when building an old traditional "mortar & liner" shower base.

Mortar is porous. The reason for the "weep holes" in a tile shower drain is to allow the moisture that saturates the mortar bed, after taking a shower, to slowly "weep" down the drain over a long period of time. Our tile shower bases are waterproof and non-porous; therefore, the "weep holes" in a tile shower drain are rendered obsolete.

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• I am installing my shower base on a wood sub-floor. Can I apply thin-set directly to the wood sub-floor?

If your sub-floor is structurally sound (no rotting...etc.), and level (very important), then applying thin-set directly to the sub-floor is okay; However, we do not recommend applying thin-set directly to particle board. If your sub-floor is particle board, then we recommend applying a few coats of an elastomeric waterproofing membrane (see ShowerSeal®) to the particle board sub-floor prior to applying thin-set.

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• I am about to install one of your shower bases. How can I ensure that it is completely embedded in the thin-set?

Typically, installers use boxes of tile or buckets of water to supply a uniform weight to the shower base until the thin-set is cured. Following this procedure will result in a rock solid installation. Also, be sure to securely tighten the shower drain's "clamping ring" to the drain body in the sub-floor as recommended in the installation instructions.

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• What brand of modified thin-set do you recommend?

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT - We do don't endorse any particular "brand" of modified thin-set. However, we highly recommend that you do not use a premixed (in a bucket) thin-set. Failure to follow this recommendation most likely will result in a failed installation. Premixed thin-sets do not properly perform in areas where moisture is constantly present. Always read the manufacturers instructions before purchasing any tile setting products.

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• Can I call and talk about my project?

Absolutely! We enjoy talking to our customers about their projects. We have "Shower Experts" on staff willing and able to answer any questions you may have about our products or your shower project.

Please feel free to contact us at: (866)912-3211

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ShowerSlope™ Questions:

• How easy is the ShowerSlope™ to install?

Very easy. It requires simple "handyman" skills to install a ShowerSlope™. A ShowerSlope™ can be "cut-to-fit" in the field. The ShowerSlope™ is adhered to the sub-floor using an even layer of troweled latex modified thin-set. The ShowerSlope™ uses a standard tile drain. No need to re-plumb for a special drain. In most cases, your existing tile shower drain can be reused to connect to a ShowerSlope™.

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• Is the ShowerSlope™ waterproof?

Yes! One of the purposes of the ShowerSlope™ is to assist in the construction of a mortar-free, leak-free shower. Waterproofing the joints between the ShowerSlope™ and the tile backer board can be accomplished using our elastomeric waterproofing membrane ShowerSeal®. Elastomeric waterproofing membranes can also be purchased at most professional tile distributors or your local home center.

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• What is the difference between the ShowerSlope™ and the Tile-Basin®?

The ShowerSlope™ is identical to the Tile-Basin® with two exceptions. The ShowerSlope™ does not come factory prepped with an elastomeric waterproofing membrane coating, or with factory installed perimeter components (i.e. flange and/or curb). This allows the ShowerSlope™ to be "cut-to-fit" in the field. An elastomeric waterproofing membrane must be properly applied to surfaces of the ShowerSlope™ and to the seams where the ShowerSlope™ and the tile backer board meet.

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Contact KBRS, Inc. Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 6:00PM EST Via Phone: (866)912-3211 or Email: sales@kbrsinc.com


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