mud job

Where are adults allowed to play with mud, and, on top of it, getting paid as well? Only in the bathroom and shower construction trade.

I’m doing a so-called “mud job”. It involves shaping a lot of mortar —a mix of cement, sand and water— into a shallow bowl so when you take a shower all the water flows toward the drain. The client has chosen fairly irregular slate tiles, so the pitch has to be more pronounced than normal. After the cement dries, I’ll apply a waterproof membrane, so the shower isn’t going to leak, and on top of that the tiles will be laid. An convoluted process, but it will result in a shower that last a long time. Unlike many Québec tunnels and bridges these days, whose concrete starts to crack and crumble.