Converting an old Adobe Wall into a new tiled shower wall - How to plan step by step

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    johnfrwhipple Bathroom Design & Build - North Vancouver, B.C.

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    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Adobe is just dried mud, so unless you create a perfectly waterproof cement substrate over it, it will disintegrate as soon as it gets wet.
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    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    If thinset will stick to it, I'd take panels of Kerdiboard, put some significant piles of thinset on it, then like you might spot a tile on a wall, treat the Kerdiboard panel like a huge tile to get the wall perfectly flat, plumb, and ready for tiling. You'll need a long level to ensure you don't warp the panel when 'setting' it to the wall as you press it into the piles of thinset. They have a video on the Schluter YouTube account showing just this to ready a tiled wall over an uneven cement wall. If thinset won't stick reliably...I'd have to think about it. Since they often put stucco over adobe (if I remember correctly), thinset should work.
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