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Phildro
10-14-2006, 09:41 AM
Hello All-
I'm installing rectified porcelain tiles (13x13) on floor and 12x24 on walls for master bath. I have used Versabond before on ceramic tiles and worked great.

My question is what would be best to use in this situation? The grout lines are going to be 1/32 on floor and 1/16 on walls. The manufacture sugested that i mud in just like marble. That is not an option.

Thanks
Phil

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koihito
10-14-2006, 09:52 AM
With those tight joints, I would suggest you look into something like TEC 3N1. Versabond will work, but 3N1 will be much easier to work with.

Mike2
10-14-2006, 10:42 AM
I'd also go with 3N1 or a full contact (medium bed) mortar like Mapei's Ultracontact. Have used and would recommend both.

I'd get the walls flat first before laying the 24's. Can almost guarantee that if they have been taped with mud they will need some work, especially the inside and outside corners that flare out. I'd also consider seven-spotting the wall tiles (seven dollips of mortar on the back in lieu of a full spread. And while you're at it, get that floor flat too. I'd shoot for 1/8" over 10 feet with rectified and a 1/16".

:)

Phildro
10-14-2006, 09:44 PM
Thanks guys for the fast replies, the TEC is not readily available. I went with Customs marble and granite. Good stuff?

Yes the walls and floor are flat, i have spent many a long night getting that done :complain:
Thanks again for the help.

John Bridge
10-15-2006, 10:51 AM
Phil,

I shoot for more like 3/32 to 1/8 with rectified tiles. Two-dimensional size is usually pretty good, but "cupping" is still a problem, and this causes the side of one tile to be higher than the other. Spreading them just a bit helps there.

Custom's Marble and Granite is a good product. :)

Phildro
11-27-2007, 09:45 PM
hello to all- it's been awhile but the tile is up and I'm getting ready to grout. Does anyone know where i can buy Latisil on-line? I can't find it local.

Phildro
11-27-2007, 11:05 PM
I know the board likes pictures :D So I would like to share my progress with you. I used Custom's Granite and Marble thin-set,back-buttered every one. Tile's set 1/32 this was a royal PITA.
My hat off to you guy's who do this everyday. I hope to have the completed pic's soon.

Phildro
11-27-2007, 11:09 PM
started to rip out old mold greenboard

Phildro
11-27-2007, 11:11 PM
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Phildro
11-27-2007, 11:20 PM
this was all black mold, the greenboard was dripping with water, floor of shower was sloped to wall-not drain

Phildro
11-27-2007, 11:22 PM
moved drain and new p-trap

Phildro
11-27-2007, 11:29 PM
new plumbing

Phildro
11-27-2007, 11:32 PM
new wall

Phildro
11-27-2007, 11:34 PM
main floor

Phildro
11-27-2007, 11:37 PM
Kerdi

Phildro
11-27-2007, 11:38 PM
kerdi

Phildro
11-27-2007, 11:42 PM
shower floor installed -starting on walls

Phildro
11-27-2007, 11:42 PM
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Phildro
11-27-2007, 11:48 PM
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Phildro
11-27-2007, 11:50 PM
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Phildro
11-27-2007, 11:54 PM
:d

Dave Hessel
11-27-2007, 11:54 PM
Looks like a different planet Phil.

Phildro
11-27-2007, 11:55 PM
almost there

Phildro
11-27-2007, 11:57 PM
this was the hardest part, tiling around window frame with rectifed bullnose

Phildro
11-27-2007, 11:58 PM
grout shower floor

Phildro
11-28-2007, 12:01 AM
Well thats all the pic's for now- I want to thank all those who helped me up to this point. the advise given, can't put a price on it.

Thanks again,
Phil

Dave Hessel
11-28-2007, 12:18 AM
Looks real nice, and like a lot of work.

Phildro
11-30-2007, 08:04 AM
Does anyone know where i can buy a couple of tubes of Laticrete Latisil in almond and white. I tried calling some dealers around my area but no one sells to public.