Linear shower drain firsts.

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  1. argh

    argh New Member

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    As part of a bathroom remodel, I’m considering a linear shower drain (concrete floor underneath). Which manufacturer would you recommend? Should I be looking for one that goes along the perimeter of the wall or the center (where the current drain is at)?

    Is this shower pan with integrated linear drain a step in the right direction? https://www.tileredi.com/shower-pans/redi-trench.html
  2. johnfrwhipple

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

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    There are many things to consider. Have you read my Ideabooks on Houzz.com on shower planning?
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    argh New Member

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    I looked through many Ideabooks using the search term "linear shower drain" but may have missed one that went into detail about the process of installing this type of drain onto an existing concrete floor or which manufacturers system (Laticrete, Schluter, ACO,...) to use for a balance of cost and ease of use once installed. Ease of use = easy to remove if frequent cleanings are necessary (or infrequent, with an integrated hair strainer?).
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    johnfrwhipple Bathroom Design & Build - North Vancouver, B.C.

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

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    Planing tile layout with tile insert grate top.

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  6. Reach4

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    I'll play. I think I would select the one on the right in the middle picture if the red lines represent the actual cut lines. The reason is that the smallest pieces are larger. If I could widen the gap to 1.5 tile widths, sliding the right tiles up or down so that alternating tiles do not get cut and the other tiles get cut exactly in half sounds good.

    Just guessing. No experience.
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  8. eurob

    eurob master tile and stone installer

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    I second Reach 4 . I would also choose the right side ( option ) .

    The flow of the hexagons can be done -- from the photo -- and remain constant thru out the shower floor . It would also delicately minimize the linear drain .

    Choosing your tile layout for an ACO tile top drain Update 1.jpg

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

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    Defining the tile layout for your first linear shower drain

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  10. eurob

    eurob master tile and stone installer

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    You got me there John . From the photos , it seems that you have more perpendicular joints -- doesn't sound right with the hexagons -- with the slope of the shower if using the left option . The '' perpendicular '' joints -- hexagon mosaics --shouldn't create any issue with the slope of the shower .
    If you like the left option , go for it . Having more infos and being on site , You and the client can decide which option to use .

    Sure you can . It doesn't need that much to have an issue . 3'' wide more or less ..... in half .....1/32 in 1 1/2'' ...... 1/16 in 3'' .....1/4'' in 12'' ........ so you are good. 1/32 is not much to accommodate the hexagons you are installing .

    Let me know if it works . It worked in the photo .
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    eurob master tile and stone installer

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    Does the debris strainer -- 2'' -- from the ACO linear drain fit the Schluter linear drain ?


    http://www.quartzbyaco.com/linear-drain-accessories

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  12. johnfrwhipple

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

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  13. eurob

    eurob master tile and stone installer

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    To bad you are so far . I would check with a local supplier to order it if the strainer fits .
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    johnfrwhipple Bathroom Design & Build - North Vancouver, B.C.

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    Two key steps for a linear drain installation

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  15. eurob

    eurob master tile and stone installer

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    Thanks for the suggestion . If the opportunity presents -- drains are not part of my contracts , I just work around them -- , maybe I will do that .

    I will see locally for now .:)
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    How did the layout for the shower turn out John ? Do you have any pics ?:)
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