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Our home in Valencia was congenital in 1993 and we accept an admiral adept ablution with a battery and abstracted tub.
The battery arrest has a fiberglass, or some array of molded, attic which is absolutely decrepit from the adamantine baptize we use. My wife hates the attending of it!
A acquaintance installed a Schluter Kerdi battery kit arrangement in his arena attic ablution and was absolutely admiring with the outcome.
However, with our battery actuality admiral it makes me anguish about leaks that may action with the Schluter Kerdi arrangement from use, as its battery attic substrate absolute seems to be fabricated of a high-density foam.
I’m afraid about that attic coil and arise the tiles and/or adhesive during use, as able-bodied as the cesspool affiliation failing. The battery is amid anon aloft our kitchen and I’m academic there is a plywood sub-floor beneath the absolute shower.
Are you accustomed with this system? If so, would you acclaim the Schluter Kerdi arrangement to alter the absolute battery or would you acclaim addition adjustment to refinish the area?
If the Schluter Kerdi arrangement is acceptable for admiral showers, should we install accurate advocate lath to reinforce the attic beneath the shower, above-mentioned to installing the system?
And, do you accept this could be a arrangement my wife and I could do ourselves.
In our day we were appealing accessible but, actuality our 60’s, don’t absolutely accept the activity we acclimated to. Watching on-line videos of the Schluter Kerdi arrangement actuality installed, however, makes us accept we ability be able to alter our old battery with this arrangement ourselves.
There should be no electrical in the breadth and the accouterments seems to be accomplished so would you acclaim accepting this activity permitted?
Finally, if you accept accepting a able account do our remodel, can you accommodate any recommendations for companies able of accomplishing the work?
Thank you for any admonition and admonition you ability be able to accommodate us!
– Steve H.
Thank you for actuality one of our readers.
I’m accustomed with the Kerdi arrangement you are apropos to. The alone affair I accept with it is, the alteration amid the matt and the cesspool is not as acceptable as application an absolute cesspool pipe.
I don’t apperceive of anyone alone accepting acclimated it, so accordingly I can’t animadversion on the affection and the abiding durability.
I accept a lot of admonition through the mail allurement me to try assertive products; alike if I had been asked to try this one, I wouldn’t blow it abnormally on a additional floor. It alone takes one aperture from a additional attic breadth to actualize tens of bags of dollars in damage.
I alone will alone use a vinyl arrangement with the dry adhesive bed. In the old days, as you will remember, we alone had hot mop systems which in time will able and leak. But, the vinyl systems that I accept acclimated for 20 years are all still accomplishing well, with no problems.
As far as you and your wife accomplishing either one of the systems that would be a claimed decision. Me, myself, these are the times I footfall aback and let the guys who do it on a circadian base handle these jobs.
There are consistently little things that appear up with this blazon of accession that crave assertive little tricks that we who are not accomplishing it daily, aren’t necessarily acquainted of or maybe forget, and that’s aback we get into trouble.
I’ve beatific you the name and acquaintance admonition of a local, dependable asphalt contractor, separately. Acceptable luck with your project.
My acquaintance aloof had a austere blow while advancing bottomward off of the roof of his home, via a ladder.
He was up blockage his air conditioning arrangement and aback he went to go bottomward off of the roof assimilate the ladder, it swung backwards and acquired him to abatement and sustain a aback injury.
He had affluence of acme with the ladder aloft the roof, as you’ve accounting about, so I’m not abiding what happened actuality to account such an incident.
I apperceive you weren’t there and didn’t see, but do you accept any abstraction what the botheration is?
– Roger C.
Funny you wrote to me about this as I aloof had a clairvoyant ask me to do a agenda in the commodity about this actual affair (ladder safety).
Since I’ve consistently preached assurance for all, the timing is absolute because I’m blessed to revisit this topic.
This clairvoyant fabricated acknowledgment of the assurance arrangement on a ladder, and it is as follows: for every 4 anxiety (four feet) of roof height, you cull the ladder one bottom abroad from the vertical surface. So, if you angular it up adjoin a roof which is about 12 anxiety high, again the ladder would be set 3 anxiety abroad from the building.
The ladder should extend by three anxiety aloft the roof band that you are accessing, so that you are calmly able to arise the ladder afterwards addition from beneath the roof band to access.
The acumen for all of these rules is safety; if you accept the top of the ladder too low again aback you access or avenue the roof you accept to angle over to ability the top of the ladder – causing you to bend, and possibly fall.
If, however, the top of the ladder is 3 anxiety aloft the roof line, you’re not angle to defended yourself to the top of the ladder and again are able to avenue safely.
The amount from the vertical apparent is to accumulate the ladder from either bottomward if it’s too far out or the ladder falling backwards if it’s too close.
I apprehend some of the readers ability anticipate this is actual elementary, but alike in our industry I see a lot of these types of accidents that are preventable aloof by afterward the basics.
Robert Lamoureux has 38 years of acquaintance as a accepted contractor, with abstracted licenses in electrical and accouterments contracting. He owns IMS Construction Inc. in Valencia. His opinions are his own, not necessarily those of The Signal. Opinions bidding in this cavalcade are not meant to alter the recommendations of a able architect afterwards that architect has fabricated a absolute beheld inspection. Email questions to Robert at [email protected]