Q: When I recently visited the southern New Jersey coast, a fellow contractor told me that he made most of his shower pans out of fiberglass. Is this feasible to do on site?

A: Michael Byrne, a veteran tile installer and consultant, and the moderator of ’s Ceramic Tile Forum, responds: Many different materials have been used to line wet areas over the centuries, including tar, used by ancient Egyptians, and lead sheets, used in Roman baths. Copper is still used today on occasion. But now these materials have been...

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