Here are a couple of questions I should have asked before now.
1) If the shower is not square then the short dimension is going to
slope harder than the long one. So, do you do it so the longer
dimension slopes 1/4" per foot and the shorter dimensions is more
sloped? Or 1/4" per foot on the shorter dimension, and then less slope
than that on the longer dimension?
2) How many pounds of Portland cement and mason's sand will I need in
order to make about 3 cubic feet of deck mud? I'm pretty sure I won't
need all of that 94 lb bag of Portland they sell at Lowe's!! (yeah,
yeah, it's cheap....but hauling around and then disposing of unused
crap is something I really try to minimize these days.)
Depends upon the dimensions of the basin, but most likely run the 1/4"
from the short side. *My* rule of thumb is; if you can 'see' the slope,
it's too much. 1/8-1/4 slope is fine. Take your level and look at it
both ways before you start. Find a happy medium. And don't forget to
slightly slope the top of the curb towards the shower, but just a little
so you don't cause problems with the shower door.
I don't know. I've never bought sand by the pound. I generally buy the
sand at a bricky/plasterer's suppy yard and haul it in the pickup. 40
shovels to a bag of portland. Hauled it in buckets for smaller
projects. A bucket contains (5) heaping shovels of sand.
1 bucket (5 shovels) sand to 1 shovel of portland for deck mud.
For bigger jobs I've had sand delivered at the site, and that was
purchased by the cubic yard or ton.
I'm gonna guess a part of a bag of cement (60 lb, if available) and 2
60 lb. bags of sand should do it. But I really don't want to be short,
so maybe another bag of sand for safety. This is gonns be FUN!
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