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Question DetailsAsked on 11/29/2013

Should I be targeting a full blown bathroom remodeling company to complete an in progress shower install?

We are looking to sell our condo this spring and as such we need to finish off all the renovation projects that never completed. We have most of them well in hand but there is a half finished shower install in our master bathroom that we would like to have a professional finish off. The tile is already on the walls but we need someone to install the tile floor properly (getting the slope just right was our undoing in our last attempt) as well as grout the whole thing and finish off any little details. We have most of the materials for this already we just need someone to help with the installation. Given the smaller scope of work should I be calling up bathroom renovation specialists or is there a different set of folks I should be targeting?

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You might look in home and then tile work . It seems that that would be the trade that would fit in best for your needs. You may find it hard to find someone who will finish a do it yourself project and may even put some limitations as to being resposible for any leaks or other such things from your work. I don't know if it is a ready made pan in the shower or a site built one and I would be wary myself about putting my name on one that I did not do.


Don

Answered 6 years ago by ContractorDon

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If you properly installed the liner and did a flood test to ensure that it is water-tight, then all you need is a tile guy to finishing things and grout.


Did you install a waterproof liner? If not then that is a problem and you either need to:

- Rip out and redo the shower floor or ...

- Waterproof the surface of the shower floor (before thinset and tile) and tie it into the drain.


Regardless of which of these paths you MUST do a flood test to ensure that it holds. 24 hours is a minimum. Better yet, a 48 or 72 hour flood test. Test balls or test plugs are available from any plumbing supply house. Simple test plugs are available from hd etc but they may or may not seal properly - test balls always work.


Most good tile guys know how to do the waterproofing. It is ESSENTIAL that you do a proper flood test before you tile the shower floor. You don't need or want a lawsuit from a leak ...

Answered 6 years ago by Jefferson




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