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 Where to buy structolite ? And what material under?
Author: scarywoody (OR)

I went to Lowes and Home Depot and asked about structolite. Nobody had ever heard of it. Never thought to ask about gypsum.....does HD or lowes have a similar product? Also when i was trying to explain this to the plumbing guy..he said use mortar, but make sure you put down some felt paper, so the moisture doesn't get sucked into the plywood. Should I put some down?

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 Re: Where to buy structolite ? And what material under?
Author: e-plumber (NY)

Structolite I believe is a brand name, ask for gypsum mix.
A plumbing or building supply would stock it, even a good hardware store.
I don't use felt or tar paper under it, it dries too quickly if you mix it dry.

e-plumber
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exalted activity will have neither good Plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water." -
John William Gardner 10/8/1912 - 2/16/2002

Repair your leaking Plumbing fixtures ASAP [www.theplumber.com]
This slow drip will waste 7+ gallons of water per day.

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 Re: Where to buy structolite ? And what material under?
Author: packy (MA)

mortar shrinks a tiny bit but i have used it and not had a problem.
you aren't building a swimming pool. you are just giving some additional support to the tub/shower. if every square inch is not supported, it will still be srtong enough.
someone posted the other day about scoring lines in the material with their fingers.
a bit too much under the tub/shower can be a disaster. a bit too little will still work.

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 Re: Where to buy structolite ? And what material under?
Author: jerco (MD)

Every HD I've been in stocks Structolite. The people that work there just don't know it. I just did a job for a guy who was purchasing all the materials himself. I told him early on about the need for Structolite. He went to the HD near his home and asked everyone there where the Structolite was. Nobody knew what he was talking about. He even went to the info desk and they told him they don't carry anything like that. I promised the guy that HD DID have it, so he went to a different one with the same results. The next day, while I was on the way to his house, I stopped at the HD near his home to look for myself, and the second isle I walked down (near all the bags of concrete) I saw about 30 bags of Structolite Stacked up large as day. So I sent my guy back there and he bought 3 bags and gave those @#$%& an ear full.
In summation I say ... look (thoroughly) for yourself.
I have never looked for it at Lowes.

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 Re: Where to buy structolite ? And what material under?
Author: scarywoody (OR)

interesting. I'll head back there tomorrow and scour every aisle.

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 Re: Where to buy structolite ? And what material under?
Author: steve_g (CA)

I was in HD the other day & asked two employees where I could find a hasp. I even spelled it - they just didn't know what a hasp is.

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 Where to buy structolite and where not to.
Author: e-plumber (NY)

Many times you're better off NOT go to the big box stores. Here they are very busy almost any time you go, yeah you can maybe save a little money but you end up waiting in line to check out. Time is money.
There's about 7 HD's in a 10 mile radius around here, (that I know about) and I make every attempt to avoid all of them.

Support local independently owned Plumbing and Building supplies and hardware stores.

e-plumber
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"The society which scorns excellence in Plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an
exalted activity will have neither good Plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water." -
John William Gardner 10/8/1912 - 2/16/2002

Repair your leaking Plumbing fixtures ASAP [www.theplumber.com]
This slow drip will waste 7+ gallons of water per day.

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 Re: Where to buy structolite ? And what material under?
Author: jimmy-o (CA)

StructoLite is a brand name. It may also be known as GypCrete, and there may be other local brand names.

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 Re: Where to buy structolite ? And what material under?
Author: scarywoody (OR)

yeah I looked all over again and didn't see it at HD or Lowes. I did however find products that I think are similar and will maybe work. I also checked ACE hardware.

Plaster of paris


DAP webpatch90 [www.dap.com]


fix-it-all
[www.custombuildingproducts.com]

Will these work?

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 Re: Where to buy structolite ? And what material under?
Author: e-plumber (NY)

Use gypsum or mortar mix. Plaster of Paris would probably work but it sets up much to quickly to work with when mixing it dry and forget about patching compound. Thank Goodness I don't have to look that hard for it, Whew!

e-plumber
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"The society which scorns excellence in Plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an
exalted activity will have neither good Plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water." -
John William Gardner 10/8/1912 - 2/16/2002

Repair your leaking Plumbing fixtures ASAP [www.theplumber.com]
This slow drip will waste 7+ gallons of water per day.

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 Re: Where to buy structolite ? And what material under?
Author: plumbhelp (MA)

this is a light concrete mix. it works well under tubs, shower units that require some type of additional support. it is more readilly avallible at a lumber yard, or bigger hardware store. the manu. instructions will suggest if u need this type of additional support. FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY.

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 Re: Where to buy structolite and where not to.
Author: PlumberManDan (IA)

The HD here has self checkouts, I use it everytime I have standard merchandise, I get in and out in half the time.

PlumbCat TM 2003


Plumbermandan

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 Re: Where to buy structolite and where not to.
Author: e-plumber (NY)

Those are usually backed up as well or not working.
Maybe it's me but HD is a last ditch effort to buy anything and never anything Plumbing-wise.

e-plumber
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"The society which scorns excellence in Plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an
exalted activity will have neither good Plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water." -
John William Gardner 10/8/1912 - 2/16/2002

Repair your leaking Plumbing fixtures ASAP [www.theplumber.com]
This slow drip will waste 7+ gallons of water per day.

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 Re: Where to buy structolite and where not to.
Author: steve_g (CA)

Just about every time I use the self-service checkout, the voice tells me that 'there is an unexpected item in the bagging area', and I give up & got to a regular checkout.

E-plumber is completely correct. You'll spend so much time saving $0.79 it can't be worth it. Not to mention the non-existent help. Lord help you if you need advice.

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 Re: Where to buy structolite and where not to.
Author: scarywoody (OR)

AWESOME! A good friend of mine joined in my structo-lite search and she found a building supply store thats like 15 minutes away that has structo-lite. I am now the proud ownder of a 50lb back of stucto-lite. wooohoooo Although the day wasn't all good when i figured out i needed to drop my shower valve down about 3 inches. Ah well guess i'll get some more practice with the copper welding.

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 Re: Where to buy structolite and where not to.
Author: redwood (CT)

Why do you need to drop the valve 3"?

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 Re: Where to buy structolite and where not to.
Author: scarywoody (OR)

Well I didn't realize it, but the prefab shower walls have little alcoves in them. I didn't realize the all 3 sides have the same one. And my shower valve just happens to be right in the middle of a shelf. You'd think i would have checked that, but no.



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 Re: Where to buy structolite and where not to.
Author: redwood (CT)

Ah, that is a good reason. Its tough to get a water tite seal when you put the bezel on across a shelf. It takes a lot of silicone caulk and looks a little messy.

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 Re: Where to buy structolite and where not to.
Author: zbest85 (MA)

You will normally find Structolite stocked near Unikal and Diamond veneer plaster at the big boxes.
Look for it in the entrance to the contractors (lumber) entrance.

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 Re: Where to buy structolite and where not to.
Author: elgato (AZ)

I could not find it this evening at my HD either. Ace Hardware?

How much is it?

Is it better or easier to work with than mortar mix?

Is a 50lb bag of either enough for a 34x54 Swanstone pan on a slab?

Thank You
Tom

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