Custom Mortor Shower Base
Posted by Bert on February 18, 19100 at 10:37:03:
I am planning on constructing a custom made mortar shower base, in a rectangular shape (about 4' by 7'), around which I will stack 9 courses of 8" corning glass block. I have seen articles on projects exactly like this, and have even worked with glass block before, but the one thing that is not clear to me is exactly what type of mortar I need, what brand would work best, and what national home improvement store would stock that brand and type (I have a Menards, Lowes, and Home Depot here). The people in the stores are not sure themselves.

I also don't understand why I need to use "mortor" at all. Why can't I simply use pre-mixed bags of concrete--and preferably a high strenth 4000 or 5000 PSI type?

On top of the mortor (or concrete) bed (which I will reinforce with expanded/galvanized metal over a vinyl pan liner with a 2-piece clamping drain), I will place 2-1/2" ceramic tiles, if that makes any difference.

Any help you can give would be appreciated.


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