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08-16-2012, 09:15 PM
Very nice splash Brian! !!!!!

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08-16-2012, 09:21 PM
OK,didnt know that method applied to these types of applications.:stick:

Arizona Floors
08-16-2012, 09:27 PM
definitely no need for trowel and error on that backsplash.

Here's a couple more of our job this week. Tomorrow, rapid set the cuts and hopefully finish grouting.

08-16-2012, 09:36 PM
looking good Jesse.

08-16-2012, 09:42 PM

We also use old worn out grout floats to beat in 1"x1" -> 4"x4"'s really the only way to be productive and get them embedded. We do comb our thinset in one direction though even using this beat in technique.

How do you do it, Amos? :P

08-16-2012, 09:59 PM
I comb the thinset in one direction give the sheet a little side to side movement and beat
Beat in with A float ...getting the thinset combed in one direction is still important even on
small tiles. IMO

Gary K
08-17-2012, 05:07 AM
Looks good Brian. I was hoping to see you in West Palm Beach last week.:shrug:

Jessie, looks like yours is coming along good. Can't wait to see the finished pics.:tup1:

08-17-2012, 06:32 AM
Looks good Brian. I was hoping to see you in West Palm Beach last week.Thanks,
I have already been to the PTK down there. :tup1:

Katwyk tile
08-17-2012, 06:39 AM
Looking good everyone.
Here's a small backsplash with some Artistic Tile Vintage Glass sticks.
To prep this I used 1/2" kerdi-board on the right and left side and had to use 1/4" fiber board in the middle behind the sink. There was a time I would have floated this out but now it's much easier and faster with the boards.

Katwyk tile
08-17-2012, 06:44 AM
A few photos of homes I did for Upwall Designs here in Utah.

Katwyk tile
08-17-2012, 06:49 AM

John Bridge
08-17-2012, 07:16 AM
That's some house, Rod. It's a house, right? ;)

Katwyk tile
08-17-2012, 07:36 AM
John, Three different houses. The last one shown the stairs were made by a roller coaster company and then they lowered them in through the roof with a large crane.
It's also the house with 6 bathrooms all done out 12"x24" glass I was talking to you about in Las Vegas at Coverings a few years back. So far so good with no cracks.

Katwyk tile
08-17-2012, 07:59 AM
A few more. I used Star Quartz black grout on the glass stripe and had no mess at all.

Gary K
08-17-2012, 11:15 AM
Rod, Awesome work:cool:

I have already been to the PTK down there.

Brian, I figured as much. I wanted to pick your brain about you stone wall facade installs.

08-17-2012, 05:35 PM
just finished redoing a tile installation in a shower in Largo, Florida.

customer started a thread here on the forum after she was concerned
with the original handyman's installation. his lack of waterproofing, no
vapor barrier, grouted corners, chipped & cracked tile and use of mastic.

I re did it over the past few days for her the correct way.











tile dummy
08-18-2012, 12:54 PM
Rod, That is the craziest stair case i have ever seen and it is awesome and great work too, your are a real craftsmen.
Maybe someday this will be called the katwyk tile forum.:tup2:

Higher Standard Tile
08-18-2012, 02:25 PM
I think Rod deserves his own work in progress thread.:tup2:

Don't worry Brian your tub surround looks nice too.:)

Katwyk tile
08-18-2012, 05:01 PM
Katwyk Tile Forum would be lots of pictures of jobs that are hard to make money on and not much helpfull information and alot of bad spelling.
I'm happy here posting pictures to everyone hopefully entertaining your eyes with tile porn and I enjoy seeing everyone elses projects across the country. Hopefully Mark and I have opened your eyes to the kind of craftsmanship in Utah.

Do you think a Trophy Home thread showing some big homes we work on from the outside in would fly?

08-19-2012, 09:39 AM
That house is INSANE Rod!

08-19-2012, 01:31 PM
Very nice work work on some really sweet homes.
Brian great work as well...whats up with all the joints in the sheet rock?

08-19-2012, 01:55 PM
Hopefully Mark and I have opened your eyes to the kind of craftsmanship in Utah.

I've seen it first hand.:tup2: Beautiful jobs Rod. Rock on brother.

08-19-2012, 02:32 PM
Brian,thats great.Are you grouting with vanilla ice cream?:yummy:...Lookin good,bro.

Rod,cutting edge.Very modern and classy.

Thank you for exposing new,fresh,and creative twists on tile apps.Sometimes the trade can get boring,and cookie cutter installations can become all too common.You are an innovator,and think outside the box.Your creativity is becoming contagious.

I am currently adapting one of Rods ideas which is a current work in progress.This is just a testament that you can never stop learning,and that new ideas and apps can breathe new energy into your work day.

Pics coming soon......

08-19-2012, 04:29 PM
Being stuck in a rut can make the job get old.this is one of the great things about this forum,always new ideas and inspiration .

08-19-2012, 04:32 PM

That is rock lath not sheetrock its 24"x8' long sheets.

08-19-2012, 05:10 PM
Brian great work as well...whats up with all the joints in the sheet rock? yes it was an older home and walls were plastered.

Brian,thats great.Are you grouting with vanilla ice cream?...Lookin good,bro.yes, Vanilla Ice helped me grout.


Higher Standard Tile
08-20-2012, 11:47 PM
One of three showers in a custom home we are doing in the Lanikeha subdivision in Ka'anapali, Maui. This is a gated community within another gated community so we had to bring our A game. :D

Jura Biege Limestone with Sonoma Tile glass mosaic vertical accent bands.

This is a Kerdi Shower. (Client has German last name and wanted to go with the Schluter system) Installed with Laticrete 317, used GTA for the accent, and Marble Beige Permacolor Grout. Still need to hit the corners with Latisil.

Knee wall will be capped with granite slab that will match vanity top.

Katwyk tile
08-21-2012, 07:06 AM
Looks great Isaac.

08-21-2012, 08:02 PM
Damn,cutting those big tiles in for the ceiling must of been a b!tch!

Lookin good!:)

Dan Kramer
08-21-2012, 08:10 PM

tile dummy
08-21-2012, 08:28 PM
Great work isaac!
I haven't put any pictures up in awhile but heres one from a few weeks ago.

Arizona Floors
08-21-2012, 10:28 PM
Nice showers Isaac and Scott.

We finished this wood looking porcelain tile up today, job was in Fountain Hills, Arizona. We ran out of grout on grout day, had to order the grout, Quartzlock2, it just arrived late this morning. :(:blah:







08-21-2012, 11:20 PM
Isaac your work is always the cream of the crop. I love that shower.

Looking good there too Scott, nice to see some pics from you.

Higher Standard Tile
08-22-2012, 11:22 PM
Thanks guys. Since it seems to be a slow news week I will post some more pictures. We finished this shower up last week on the 8th floor of the Maui Kai condo in Honokowai, Maui. The clients live in San Francisco.

1/2" Glass Shower door got installed yesterday, guest check in tomorrow.

Wall tile is Porcellanosa 12" x 36".

Hydroban shower, used Spectralock Sauterne for shower and Sterling Silver for porcelain tile on floor outside of shower.

The view from the lanai is pretty sweet.

08-23-2012, 06:27 AM
Very nice,Isaac.Wavy tile looks sic!

I can see some Moi in the ocean pic!

08-23-2012, 07:16 AM
Mmmm. I believe LT can see moi in Toledo Bend reservoir, too. :D

Gary K
08-23-2012, 07:30 AM
Isaac and Scott nice showers. That wavy tile would make me sea sick.

Jessie nice to see the finished product it looks good.

bulldog tile
08-23-2012, 05:47 PM
As always, great looking job Isaac.

How tight do the plumbing escutcheons fit to the wavy tiles?

08-23-2012, 06:01 PM
nice work Jesse & Isaac .:tup2:

I was going to do a backsplash in that same tile but the customer backed out
when I told them about the switch plates and the ends how they would terminate
against a metal edge.

08-23-2012, 07:35 PM
Nothin' fancy. Did my Vet's office, reception room. back room and two examination rooms. 17" tile and, if you look at it, it looks like a rabbit!













Katwyk tile
08-23-2012, 07:39 PM
Nice Laz. Great color choice. Did you do any of it for trade?

Katwyk tile
08-23-2012, 07:40 PM
I just saw the rabbits.

08-23-2012, 07:43 PM
Actually, he knocked $350 off of my bill!!!

08-23-2012, 07:54 PM
OK...Here's another one. The deal was that I'd "Kerdi" the floor, mud, fabric and all that. They were supposed to put up Cambria on the walls. OK, fine...I put up CBU for that...and didn't waterproof it as the Cambria IS harm there. Bottom line is that the Cambria came in, looking like a turd. Wrong colour! "Rip it out," she says. My "Guy" NOW wants me to tile the entire shower. OK, says I......problem is that I didn't set it up for proper waterproofing. All they do is just glop some crap on the walls and press it into place. I have to get the walls plumb enough to work with AND set up a waterproof barrier. [I] do that and use HydroBarrier from Mapai. Are we "Good to Go" now? Crap....they want mosiac pencil liners, consisting of glass, granite and and tumbled travertine!!! Well, somehow, I made it work and the HO is escatic about it. Did a monument bench and used matching granite for the seat and curb. Why the hell do I work so cheap???

08-23-2012, 08:12 PM
OK....Just recovering from my "Latest." A bunch of pages ago, I posted about a Kerdi shower & floor I did in Huntsville, Tx. for a very nice couple. Got a call back and they wanted me to do their guest B/R.

Wonderful people. Ed and Pat "put me up" and fed me royally while I was there. They spend two weeks in San Antonio and two weeks at the Lake House. As it is about 200 miles roundtrip from Beaumont, I would go out, spend two days and then come home to feed the cats and the parrot. At any rate, this was Dal Tile...6" for both the floor and shower. Cut the bullnose at 6" to match the tile. Floor was on the diagonal and shower was a basic "Jack on Jack" design. Ed frequents these forums and just wanted a basic "Lay." Nothin' fancy. The dog, "Sadie" barked every time I came in but was a sweetheart.....just payin' her rent!

I didn't get rich on the job, but just being able to set out on the dock with a Corona in the evenings was payment enough. Nice folks and a chance to decompress was just fine.

08-23-2012, 08:17 PM
OK....last one. So nice to chill out and just look at the river......

Katwyk tile
08-23-2012, 08:19 PM
Nice work! I need to work a trade with my vet.

08-23-2012, 08:19 PM

08-23-2012, 08:32 PM long as I'm at it...did a job a couple of weeks ago....nothin' fancy. Had a fella that wanted a shower pan done (Kerdi). I talked him into doin' the walls as well. Funny thing is that the walls only went about 5' high?!?! Well, this was for a rental building where it serves about 6 units. The shower head only wets the walls about 4' from the floor. Well......I guess the customer is always right.... Anyway, I mudded the 6x6 floor with about 450 lbs of Mapai 209 mud...Kerdied everything up and he's a happy camper. Go figgure?

08-23-2012, 08:34 PM
Where's the Icon? Oh, never mind....

Houston Remodeler
08-23-2012, 09:45 PM
Nice to see your usual excellent craftsmanship Laz.

Higher Standard Tile
08-24-2012, 01:44 AM
Laz, thanks for sharing the pictures. For a moment I thought the picture just below the dog was a Roman tub. Then I realized it was a shower sideways. :)

That lake view looks very relaxing.
Reminds me of my childhood in Central VA, we had a pond behind our house, the water was the same color. We fished but always released cause cows used to hang out near the pond. :sick:

How tight do the plumbing escutcheons fit to the wavy tiles?

The waves look bigger than they are. They stick out at most an 1/8". The plumber got the cover plate as tight as possible, then used a thin bead of clear silicone to fill the gap.

And yes we had to use Schluter on the one exposed edge, the other end of the neoangle shower ran into a door buck.

Definitely a tile best suited for a decorative wall that has no plumbing but we made it work.

08-24-2012, 07:50 PM
did a steam shower installation this week on Davis Island in Tampa, Florida.
all Schluter Kerdi waterproofing, pipes sealed with the Kerdi Seal PS.
tile was a rectified porcelain 12x24 tile on walls & ceiling with a 6x24 cherry
plank tile as an accent to match his cabinets.











Brad Denny
08-24-2012, 07:53 PM
I like that design Brian. Hey, do you think you could put one more trowel on that bucket? :stick:

08-24-2012, 07:54 PM
What happened under the curb? Thats a door threshold too but I know how those rental guys are.:stick:

Brian you look like you aged since the last time I seen you.

08-24-2012, 08:01 PM
I like that design Brian. Hey, do you think you could put one more trowel on that bucket? thanks. I would have liked the sills and shower floor a different color but it works for them.
and yeah, I have a trowel for every occasion.

Brian you look like you aged since the last time I seen you. lol, that's the plumber. :stick:

tile dummy
08-24-2012, 09:57 PM
Brian that is a very nice steam shower why is the floor lookin kinda cheap compared to the walls?Great work! I'm surprised that you didn't talk them into doing the shower in your usual wood planks.

Higher Standard Tile
08-24-2012, 10:55 PM
Brian looking good.
At least we know your tile work will survive my visit to Tampa early next week.:)
As for the mastic over greenboard guys. . .

08-25-2012, 02:04 AM
The owner didn't want sliver pieces there...his bucks, his choice...:yo:

Katwyk tile
08-25-2012, 08:38 AM
Brian, I really like the white tile, who makes it? Are they going to put in some kind of bench. I agree the floor tile color selection is bad, but if the owner is happy thats what matters.
Here's one for that Tampa designer on a Park City home. She thought she was doing us all a favor by having her tile guy in Tampa pre cut the tile into 6"x12" for us. We had to recut every side and re stone edges. Things that make you go ____________!

Katwyk tile
08-25-2012, 08:49 AM
same house

08-25-2012, 09:03 AM
Very nice, Rod!

08-25-2012, 09:38 AM
Brian-sweet shower! must have been nice to get away from the wood plank for a sec.....not that i wouldnt LOVE to do a floor like that:)

Rod-Nice mud work! I just dealt with some $30/sqft 8"/16" limestone that were obviously 16's hacked in half, out of square and had major chingered edges. Had to do the same thing.

Laz-Awesome work! Glad to see your staying busy!!

08-25-2012, 10:25 AM
Brian, I really like the white tile, who makes it? Are they going to put in some kind of bench. I agree the floor tile color selection is bad, but if the owner is happy thats what matters.I actually dont know. my helper unpacked it and stacked the tile in the room.
he is using a teal or Ipe bench to match the wood tile stripe and cabinets.

*for the floor he wanted to match the marble sills and existing brown tile on the bathroom floor. I wanted to talk him into using the matching 2x2 but they were slippery and he has a medical problem and didnt want a slippery floor, hence they textured porcelain 2x2 he used.

Brian that is a very nice steam shower why is the floor lookin kinda cheap compared to the walls?thanks, *see explanation above.

Brian looking good.
At least we know your tile work will survive my visit to Tampa early next week.
As for the mastic over greenboard guys. . . thanks, storm will be out to see so we wil just see some rain and it will go away.
as for the greenboard and mastic guys I hope they never go away because its making me a lot of work ! :yipee:

Brian-sweet shower! must have been nice to get away from the wood plank for a sec.....not that i wouldnt LOVE to do a floor like thatI do love the planks, have a couple more plank tile jobs on the books for Sept. but it was fun doing a Kerdi steamer. :tup2:

08-25-2012, 11:14 AM
I also met someone near me that has a metal shop and has a water jet.
he said he would cut tile for a good price. so I decided to give it a test
and cut some of the holes out for the steamer controls.

it worked great, they are close to me and no pulling my hair out and I wanted
to have this up my sleeve if I come across some of that hard porcelain tile
you just can cut or keeps breaking.









Tiger Mountain Tile Inc
08-25-2012, 11:43 AM
“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

08-25-2012, 12:32 PM
and then there was Jeet Kune Do :tup2:

Houston Remodeler
08-25-2012, 04:44 PM
Remember this job when she came to the forum asking about lippage? We finished the job today.

The tub installation was particularly challenging. The trap and riser were buried well below the slab, just far enough off center to make installing the tub take 4 hours which was quick once we got the $140 drain kit. The jets gave precious little room for the lip of the tub to cover the opening in the marble slab.

The customers are thrilled and happy to have their home restored. I gave them the name and number of our favorite painter who can finish the rest of the job.

08-25-2012, 05:12 PM

08-25-2012, 09:11 PM
Nicely done, Paul. Well executed.

Houston Remodeler
08-26-2012, 08:11 AM
and it won't leak

08-26-2012, 08:59 AM
Very nice. Love the classics Paul.

So....this isn't the puddle in pan liner job is it? Blue glass to this?

Edit: This is not same shower.

Katwyk tile
08-26-2012, 09:04 AM
Nice Paul. Was there a 20 page thread on this one? How is it going on the other Kirdi job?

Brian, It's nice to know a good water jet guy. I still have the opposite zebra rug. I was worried the brown marble would break easy while they were being cut so I embedded some fiberglass cloth on the back with some aqua-defense. worked out great.

Houston Remodeler
08-26-2012, 11:35 AM
We return to the Puddle in the pan liner job ( this Monday (tomorrow) to finish the tiles, then will wait for the 254 to cure before grouting the following week.

08-26-2012, 12:58 PM
Thats not really "tile work" anymore Rod, that looks more like a work of art.
Awesome :tup2:

08-26-2012, 07:35 PM
Haven't we seen that before, rod? Still impressive, nonetheless.

Setting some concrete pavers at my house between the hot tub slab and the foundation. 12 x 24 and 24 x 24", 2" thick. rocks culled from old farmers pile on corner of property, pea gravel and stone dust. 1/4" joint (nominal). No TLS. lol.

Alpha water saw won't do these in 1 shot, but so what.


bulldog tile
08-27-2012, 07:46 PM
Finishing up a wine cellar. had fun with the ceiling.


We took the left over 3cm limestone used for the exterior walls and cut them up into different sizes and tumbled them.




Mudded the ceiling and stuck the limestone with XLT. Worked great!

Katwyk tile
08-27-2012, 10:05 PM
Donnie, It's a masterpiece. This is my favorite wine cellar ceiling I have seen. I hope someday to copy this one. I really like how you used material on site and tumbled it yourself. I think the random shapes and the style you set this is great. I can't say enough about how much I dig this. Do you have any pictures of the floating? What method do you use to tumble that stone,

love it :bow: love it :bow: love it:bow:

Arizona Floors
08-27-2012, 10:49 PM
Yeah, very cool Donnie! :tup2:

08-27-2012, 11:41 PM
Ditto what Rod said Donnie. I'd love to see some pictures of the mud work in progress if you took any. Very impressive.

Hank B.
08-27-2012, 11:54 PM
That's pretty bitchen donnie, also interested in the mud and tumbling.

08-28-2012, 07:00 AM
Very nice donnie,i have tumbled travertine by using a small cement mixer with sand and water.

bulldog tile
08-28-2012, 05:26 PM
Thank y'all so much. I enjoy it a lot now that we are finished but in the process my stomach was kinda knotted up trying to figure out our next move.

Most of my pictures are dark and fuzzy and during the mud work I was pretty much not thinking of much else but what I was doing. We started off by quartering the room with a laser. The splines were a little off and we screwed screws up the laser marks leaving them exposed 3/4". Then we did the same thing at at about 6" from each end of the "barrels". We then lathed and scratched around the exposed screws.

A couple of days later we stretched level strings across each end of the barrels and marked the center of the radius on the strings. We then measured the screws from these points on the strings to fine tune the height of the screws. We had also cut radiuses on plywood that was 3/4" of an inch smaller than the framed radiuses. This was to double check our strings.

We then mudded around the screws and used the plywood to form a screed which we let harden. After the screeds hardened we checked the layout with the strings then floated the in betweens.

We tumbled the limestone in the biggest barrel cement mixer we could rent. We mixed the stone with gravel and added some water. The largest pieces didn't tumble so well so I had a high school kid tap them with a hammer until they looked like the tumbles ones.

If I had to do this project all over again I would probably use something other than mud but then again I don't know if I could center it as well with anything else.

Thanks again.

08-28-2012, 08:51 PM
Donnie, that is freakin awesome. So dig the idea of using the scrap of another trade/project area. :tup2:

Higher Standard Tile
08-29-2012, 12:10 AM
Donnie- Very Nice, that took some real craftsmanship.

Must be a pretty nice house. Got any more pictures of the project?

Here is a pebble shower we are working on. The wall with all the niches faces a huge soaking tub. The back side of that wall is the shower. All the walls and ceiling in the shower are black pebbles. Grouting should be fun, will be using Permacolor- Raven.

08-29-2012, 09:49 AM
Awesome :tup2:

Houston Remodeler
08-29-2012, 10:59 AM
The wood ceiling looks awesome too

08-29-2012, 05:54 PM
be nice if it was porcelain plank tile ceiling :D

nice work Isaac :tup1:

bulldog tile
08-29-2012, 06:51 PM
Brian, I can definately see porcelain plank tile in my near future but it won't be on the ceiling. . . . . .hopefully.:shades:

08-29-2012, 07:55 PM
Emperidor dark and daino reale. Guest bath floor. Wainscot will be daino reale with Ogee cap. Small splash above the cabinet. Making progress:tup2:

Katwyk tile
08-29-2012, 08:00 PM
Nice layout Jack. Is the cream border custom cut?

08-29-2012, 08:07 PM
Thanks Rod, yeah I cut all of it. Creme tile is basically crema marfil. Falls apart when you look at it.Beveled all my cuts as well. Lost a bunch just cutting and a hand full while beveling lol

08-29-2012, 08:09 PM
That's awesome Jack!!

08-29-2012, 08:15 PM
Thats cool,Jack.

Do u have any pics of the mud and other progress?I know how much damn work that must have been.Very nice.

08-29-2012, 08:22 PM
I used level quick to prep because it was a 1/2" out. I shaved any ridges with my scraper and then took my 6' straight edge and straight edged lat 220 to feather out any differences. Painted the floor with antifracture. Believe it or not I set this with a 1/4" square notch. It was easier to set than it looks. Trick was getting the prep absolutely flat. It was worth it though. I didn't need any strap type levelers.

Katwyk tile
08-29-2012, 08:32 PM
Thats what I was thinking. I call it crema-landfill.

08-29-2012, 08:36 PM
I didn't need any strap type levelers.
__________________posted by Mud master

Shoot,with your skill set?Straps are just meant to help compensate.You can't buy skill!

08-29-2012, 08:44 PM
At the bottom of the pic you can see existing tile that was necessary to match elevation to. I had no choice of floating the floor. I needed to keep my elevation as low as possible. Luckily what I needed to level was towards the cabinets. Mud is great, but not always the best option. Good to know more than one trick :D

08-30-2012, 01:35 PM
Here are before and during pics:

Bath not touched on 40 years

After 5 days:



08-30-2012, 08:20 PM
Been taking some time off to ride my new (old) Harley but am back at it again this week. Daltile, Hydroban, Kerdi drain, Greenskin, 4XLT

AWESOME WORK by everyone the last few pages!!128091128092128093128094

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08-30-2012, 08:24 PM
Don't know what's going on with tapatalk but i can only upload one pic per post for some reason

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08-30-2012, 08:26 PM
Have more pics but i give up trying to figure it out.

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08-30-2012, 08:28 PM
Alright, maybe one more

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08-31-2012, 05:54 AM
Looking good Chad. My Android can post pics without taptalk, maybe try dumping that iPhone app see if that helps.

Houston Remodeler
08-31-2012, 06:51 AM

I really like the niche border treatment using the border tiles. Great idea !

Can you post that onto our niche pictures thread(s) when finished?

Gary K
08-31-2012, 07:09 AM
Nice job Chad, it looks good.

The Hydroban blends in well with the tile color.:)

08-31-2012, 06:10 PM
Small fireplace i did today.

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08-31-2012, 08:52 PM
Nice attention to detail Chad and Amos. Amos I have the same shop vac:nod:

09-01-2012, 06:15 AM
Nice shower !

I like the fireplace, touchy grout work there !

09-01-2012, 08:45 AM
Nice shower chad! love me some hydroban:tup2:

Cool fireplace amos!

Here a few pics of the tecate basketweave deck after grout.

09-01-2012, 09:07 AM
Looks good Chad.Thanks for sharing.The mosaics coming down around the perimeter of the niche is laid out great.Very easy on the eyes.Nicely done!:)

Nice fireplace,Amos!

Obie-that job came out killer!

Here is a remod Ive been trapped in.

Basic tearout.I constructed a pony wall,and did some head scratching to increase ridgity.It goes about 6.5 ft tall.The bottom is tied into the seat,the outer top is fastened to the cabinets with lagbolts,and corners have been reinforced with L brackets.I used a would chisel to dig out the Ls so my board would fit flush.

Oh,and uh,ran out of H barrier so had to get some local Dead-guard.I call it dead cause after painting the walls I felt like my brain cells were dying from the ammonia smell!!!YECCHHH!

The outer edges got floated.Just no way to get that perf.Ill post more tonight,gotta go!

Arizona Floors
09-01-2012, 11:37 AM
Obie, I love that deck! Thanks for sharing and you did a great job. On a side note, I hope I never have to do a deck like that! :yeah:

Looking good LT! Last time I floated out my outer edges like that to make them perfect, I was in trouble with the G.C. because he had a little extra patch work with the hot mud. I was told they never had a tile guy make the walls level and there was no need to. There was a glass door being installed and he told me I should have made only the hinged wall close to level. The plumber thanked me twice on that job, and I'm sure the glass guys were happy too.

09-01-2012, 06:21 PM
600+ sq ft of 6x18 wood planking tile(porcelain). I'll have to take a pic of the "warning" sticker that was attached to the pallet,kinda comical. Fininsh looked nice on tile,but as warning label suggested,tiles cupped/bowed in center. Took some time/patience etc to lay(had 2.5 setting days in it,half a day to grout)











Two more jobs to button up,then onto vacation/cruising!!!

09-01-2012, 07:30 PM
Very nice work! I'm sure the HO is happy. Uh....that isn't your foot in the flip-flop, is it? :yeah:

09-01-2012, 07:56 PM
Dont let these guys harass u,Autoplay.Aint nothin wrong with havin beautiful feet!:lol2:

09-01-2012, 08:13 PM
Finished product.

No fabrication,only on the soap shelves.In fact,I must admit that the top shelf looks like shit.I could've;/shouldve taped there as well.F#$@in sloppy on my behalf.All apologies.

I taped every where else.Black grout against light color grout=never easy.Requires lots of taping.

Spectra midnite blacc on walls and some Prism gray color on the decs and floor(I bin forget already)

But anyways.....

Hank B.
09-02-2012, 12:38 AM
Heres a bs I did last week. havn't taken finished pics yet, going back next week to finish the floors.

Hank B.
09-02-2012, 12:43 AM
And some wood tile i worked on this week. This one is finished other than a bit of grout.

Hank B.
09-02-2012, 01:01 AM
Heres a fireplace i completed a few months ago, That I worked on over the course of a month or two, here and there. never got around to putting up pitchers. I built the bookshelves too.

Hank B.
09-02-2012, 01:22 AM
I left the face pieces off of the mantle so I could make sure the anchoring adhesive was completely filling the the holes Id left in the mantle for the all thread. I sandwhiched some porcelain tile inbetween the two layers of slate.

Hank B.
09-02-2012, 01:27 AM

Higher Standard Tile
09-02-2012, 02:06 AM
Nice work on the last few pages, Jack, Phil, Chad, Amos, Rich, Obie, LT, Hank. Thanks for the sharing the pictures. :clap2:

09-02-2012, 09:07 AM
L.T., what's up with the blact tile with the clay edge? I know you make money making your own bullnose, but I can't say it looks very good with this tile. Schluter makes a black trim. Sorry, dude. Love the mortised in L- brackets, I've done that before, works great.

Lots of good stuff all the way around by everyone.


09-02-2012, 03:39 PM

any reason you used pressure treated lumber in the shower where the guy is sticking his head through smiling?

09-02-2012, 04:06 PM
Sure doesn't look like PT lumber on my screen.

09-02-2012, 05:49 PM
Its not PT,its KD.That guy is my 13 year old son.

L.T., what's up with the blact tile with t
he clay edge?posted by Gueuze

Yeah,I know.Looks like shhh.Just wasnt in the budget.I had done some stuff for them a while back,and they had alot of that black tile left from before.They couldnt afford the bullnose or my fabrication labor.Yeah,I know,it sucks:tongue:

Those were actually installed that frankenhack fri when you had no signal!!!

09-02-2012, 06:26 PM
Hopefully this will be a little easier on the eyes.

My master bath finally complete!!

Ive been posting pics here and there,but now its 100% done.The shelves just went in last week.24's fabbed with glass stuck on w Lati-one step.Powerful stuff.

Countertop 24's fabbed.I love it,but more importantly the wifey loves it:ct:

09-02-2012, 09:11 PM
Looking good, all!


That sucks when doing what would look best isn't in the budget. Been there a time or two myself. At the end of the day, we're all in this to make $, so if a client doesn't want to pay for something like that and they're fine with the result, then so be it. Just be forewarned that gueuze will break your balls when you post pic of said job here. :p

09-02-2012, 09:32 PM
Yeah,y'all can bust my balls all you want.Shoot,it aint like I dont!Criticism from here only makes you better anyways.

But really though,that is the 1st job Ive had to put on an extended payment plan!

09-03-2012, 04:28 AM
34 of 4000+ pieces to go. Checking jigs and saws to make sure consistancy is there.
The pieces were cut from a 12" x 24", and are 6-3/4" on a side.
We tried to find Harliquin tiles.

09-03-2012, 05:34 AM
Q-Bert anyone?

09-03-2012, 05:39 AM
Was,thinking the same thing Joe.
Have fun Neil, that pattern is going to be burned in to your eyes before to long.

09-03-2012, 06:18 AM
Well, I guess that's what Frankenhack Friday was made for.

Listen to this whole thing, but the part for L.T. starts @ 6:15


I guess I need to dig into my phone and retrieve a few nuggets of nastiness from this past friday. :think:


09-03-2012, 06:24 AM
And your bathroom looks great! Awesome idea on the shelves.


09-03-2012, 06:30 AM
Looks great Neil! Having made a few, a very few rhomboids, I'm interested in your fabrication process, but not here in public, keep your secret. How many jigs did you use, though, and any reason you used 12 x 24 instead or 12 x 12?



Tiger Mountain Tile Inc
09-03-2012, 12:41 PM
You have the worst links. :shake:

tile dummy
09-03-2012, 05:55 PM
L.t. budgets suck and even rich people have them.
Your shower looks great,i remember back when you were floating that seat. Great job!:tup2:

09-03-2012, 06:06 PM
Gueuze,your links didnt work

Finished my bathroom,now Im working on my deck.

I had a pro "carpenter" do the top half.Nail gun was fast,but over the course of time seems like not the way to go.

I screwed the bottom portion.Cutting around the tree was fun.Its a nice break to rip off into some wood as opposed to screeching into porcelain all day!:crazy:

Arizona Floors
09-03-2012, 06:17 PM
Gueuze's links: (

I like the website! Nice and clean. :tup2:

09-03-2012, 06:51 PM
L.t. budgets suck and even rich people have them.
Your shower looks great,i remember back when you were floating that seat. Great job!
posted by scott

Thank u,sir:yo:


Forgiven,huh?hahahahha.That cracks me up.

Here is my answer to that you tube response.My answer starts at 2:20-

Tiger Mountain Tile Inc
09-03-2012, 07:42 PM
I wish you guys would do all your posts like that. :clap2:

Brad Denny
09-03-2012, 07:54 PM
L.T. I really like incorporating the tree into the deck design. Did you consider the growth of the tree? Not from a tree conservationist standpoint, but from worrying about the deck being pressed upon. Seems like I have seen a deck like this where they left some room.

09-03-2012, 08:27 PM
Could start seeing some tenting on that deck as early as this time next year, I figger, Brad. :)

09-03-2012, 08:39 PM
Looks like the frame is back enough a guy could run that little sawzall down there, give it a few inches all the way around, and repeat as needed. :)

Matter a fact, that's probably why that sawzall is sittin there. ;)

09-03-2012, 08:57 PM
Well,I was envisioning the tree folding over the boards (the way trees can fold overbarb wire,etc).I'm certainly no tree or deck expert (nor apprentice for that matter).If the deck shows any signs of stress,Ill take my Stihl chainsaw and plunge the necessary gap.

I purposely made my deck cuts tight to see if the tree would conform.I think that would look great.

Brad Denny
09-03-2012, 09:11 PM
It might do it, I've seen plenty of trees grow into stationary items, gotta fence line at the shop with a tree in it I need to remove. Most of the times the tree does suffer. If you want to stop the growth at any cost to the tree, what about some metal bands to force it?

09-03-2012, 09:26 PM
Really,I haven't given it much thought.We'll just give it some time.

I've tried to be pretty consistent with my projects at mi casa.Ill keep y'all informed here in a couple of months on the deck thing.:)

09-03-2012, 09:32 PM
Sorry about the links, I'm going to blame either the new enovo stink pad, or the internet explorer, as I haven't installed firefox yet. I did it the same way I've done it for years.

LOL @ video response, L.T.

Nice deck. Forgiven? Hell, you're vindicated!


Higher Standard Tile
09-03-2012, 11:27 PM
Gueuzeman has a website. :clap2:

09-03-2012, 11:46 PM
I was envisioning the tree folding over the boards (the way trees can fold overbarb wire,etc)

It might do it, I've seen plenty of trees grow into stationary items, gotta fence line at the shop with a tree in it I need to remove.

I don't think it will grow over something like that. Usually when a tree grows over something its just on one side (that I've seen anyhow).
In this case its gonna have to grow around every direction at the same time.
Maybe I'm wrong :shrug:

I'd definately build a deck around a tree if I had one in the right place though. I think its a cool idea.

09-04-2012, 03:45 PM
Like the website g-man. :neesie:

09-04-2012, 03:54 PM

09-04-2012, 04:35 PM
here is a bathroom we did last week/finished today in Palm Harbor, Florida
gutted the old tile, new cementboard, HydroBan waterproofing, 6x12 porcelain
tile installed in a basket-weave pattern, some rope accent bands and dots cut in.
also set the same pattern on the garden tub with just the rope band.











09-04-2012, 05:50 PM
I have been using the laticrete hydro ban flange a lot lately and i cant understand why wouldnt they made it so the drain sits lower , i find myself having to float around the drain since it sits higher when its threaded all the way down.

Brian , does the same thing happen to you or am i doing something wrong?

09-04-2012, 06:10 PM
Nope, same thing happens to us all. I set my drain grate with quick set to get past that.

09-04-2012, 06:18 PM
It sucks , does the same thing happens with kerdi drain?

09-04-2012, 06:44 PM
RexModeling, I think you've been with us long enough to be on a first name basis. Please put a first name in a permanent signature line for us to use. :)

Not same issue with the Kerdi drain.

Laticrete is aware of their problem and working on a fix for it. I'll see if I can determine if there's been any progress.

09-04-2012, 06:59 PM
Thanks for the reply Cx , i will still use the flange till they fix it , great product

09-05-2012, 05:41 AM
I may use the drain again WHEN they fix it. :calm:

Frankenhack Friday, stuff holes in subfloor around doorjamb with something, anything.... k-board and PL.

Toilet hole cut on the edge of a 12 x 24 :p

Carpenter says the floor looks like linoleum because it's so flat, lol.

Frankenhack tuesday, kerdi on drywall with modified 253.

09-05-2012, 08:31 AM
That's a B-Utiful pot-hole you've got there Jim. Shame to cover it up. Just wipe off the wax and have the customer consider it a tilemeister hall of fame cut, suitable for permanent presentation.

For me that would be a prize winner, and likely take 3 tries before the sliver didn't break off when cutting. Great job as always.

09-05-2012, 09:47 AM
I have been using the laticrete hydro ban flange a lot lately and i cant understand why wouldnt they made it so the drain sits lowerThe improved version of the Laticrete bonding flange drain should be available by the end of this month. Talk with your local distributor or dealer for the exact timing of his supply.

The new drain in the polished or brushed steel finish will go down to a minimum height above the flange of 3/8ths of an inch. That should reasonably accommodate most of what y'all are installing on shower floors.

The tile-in grates will still be higher than that and require some "finesse" in the floor installation.

09-05-2012, 07:31 PM
Couple projects last week in a home, this was one.

09-05-2012, 07:35 PM
Real nice Jon :tup2:

09-05-2012, 07:44 PM
Here is a couple of cell phone pics of what I am grouting tomorrow. Waiting on slab to do the splash in the background. Also, a furniture style vanity will be installed with slab...Emperidor dark matching the floor.

09-05-2012, 07:49 PM
^ Purdy

Katwyk tile
09-05-2012, 08:22 PM
Nice work Jack, looks like a thinker and some layout skills.It's rich looking.

09-05-2012, 08:27 PM


Jack-classic.This is a prime example on why we cant spit out "footage"pricing!

Very nice guys,thank you.:clap2:

09-05-2012, 09:36 PM

You should really stop using Internet Explorer just on the merits that it's a security risk. Additionally, you should also never really think about using FireFox as it's a slow browser when it comes to rendering. What you should be installing and using is Google Chrome.

Tiger Mountain Tile Inc
09-05-2012, 10:32 PM
Gueuze, nice cut. You should see the one that I butchered last week. There's a reason they make trim rings. ;)

Jon and Jack, very nice work. :tup2:

09-06-2012, 04:54 AM
Jon and Jack, both looking superb!

Ken, IE came on the new (used) stink pad, will dump IE this week end when I finish loading crap into it and finally clean out this Gateway PC.

Radiator wrap.

This is the front of the building, amazing marble in the front lobby as well.


09-06-2012, 05:25 AM
I agree with Rod, your work is very rich looking Jack:clap1: Should be fun grouting the feature band nice use of wedges.

Gueuze, nice wrap on the radiator:nod: Front of building I agree that is very cool I wish I was seeing such amazing stuff on the way into my job.

09-06-2012, 05:45 PM
finished a 1x2 multi-colored glass tile back splash in Riverview, Florida today.

and love using the Laticrete Glass Tile Adhesive Mortar ( to set it too.











bulldog tile
09-06-2012, 08:57 PM
Impeccable work Brian. I really like Laticrete's Glass Tile Adhesive too.

A free standing master shower with a full sized tv.





09-06-2012, 09:24 PM
Jon, jack, gueuze, and Brian nice work!

Donnie that shower in awesome! If that was mine I'd be tiled into it when I died.:cool:

09-07-2012, 07:02 PM
Nice splash Brian:clap1: Donnie, really unique shower. I wouldn't come out either if I went into that one;) I would put on a good college football game and get some food

Tore out a shower pan earlier in the week, as I suspected no preslope, drain clogged with what looked like cement probably from the guy who didn't put the preslope in. After that a lil splash action the rest of the week, mix a some glass, travertine and some other stuff. Marble Beige permacolor grout, using 255 multimax my fave.

Next time pics without the undercab lites.

Got home today to find a nice shirt in the mail today to top off a good week, thanks Henry!

09-07-2012, 07:44 PM
Brian-lookin good.Is that Hagen Daaz coffee ice cream youre spreading there?

Donnie,Jon-lookin awesome!!:clap2:

09-07-2012, 08:22 PM
Just finished a small cabin shower stall. The boys in the Mod Room have already given me grief about not seeing any bears.....maybe they are hiding behind the trees. :D


09-07-2012, 08:44 PM
Those are some great looking cuts,Marge:bow:

09-07-2012, 08:44 PM
are those arrows pointing to the ceiling :D

09-07-2012, 09:02 PM
Pretty good for a girl. :)

09-07-2012, 10:01 PM

Those are govt required safety stickers advising folks on how to stand in a shower.


09-08-2012, 04:15 AM
Marge, nice cabin shower. Where did you get the idea for the arrows trees:shrug:

Brad Denny
09-08-2012, 04:59 AM
Nice drunk tank Marge! Keeping everyone upright!

Tiger Mountain Tile Inc
09-08-2012, 10:16 AM
Very nice, Marge.

Do the arrows point to where the bears are? :D

Gary K
09-08-2012, 03:30 PM

The bears are either in or behind the trees right... That is usually where they are unless they are just walking around... I figured black trees, black bears they probably just blended in...

Looks good by the way.

09-10-2012, 11:56 AM
Layout and making cuts.

Sent from my DROID BIONIC using Tapatalk 2

09-11-2012, 05:40 AM
Speaking of bears this was one. Amos, what do they say? Layout, layout, layout, the rest is easy:gerg:

Shower pan tearout, as suspected no preslope and drain had cement in apparently they thought it was hair and had been using draino to try and uclog it. Later 90's build so it lasted over 10 years before major failure. Builder probably out of business though he may not have known about the lack of preslope. Getter done right. :cheers:

Tore it out last Wed. let it dry out good till yesterday. Trailer full of the mud bed and liner in case anyone hasn't had that joy of an experience. Yesterday, I restructured the subfloor and added bunch of sister 2X6's, new p-trap, new 3/4" plywood on top she is strong now. Still have to remove some tile at the base so I can tie the new waterproofing in. Got to rebuild bench today too and then new mud bed. Adding insulation before I put up the cement board.

09-11-2012, 07:47 AM

I love the way your old mudbed sparkles in the sunlight. Whenever I tear one up, it doesn't look that good.

09-11-2012, 06:12 PM
Ray, I set the flash to sparkle mode to juice things up a bit:D

Ready for mud, bench rebuilt the same size per the homeowner and to cover up the missing tiles. Finpan pro panels over the sides, brushed brass schluter kerdi drain.

This is the tile going on the floor, no actually that is the floor mat. I actually saw some tile like this today at the distributor and the striking resemblance to the floor mat. I could buy a bunch of these mats and do a feature wall:wave:

09-11-2012, 06:49 PM
I dig that sparkle!Thats pretty slick:clap1:

Peerless Tile
09-11-2012, 07:04 PM
That's one good lookin' hoe your hanging out with....I traded my old wore out hoe for a new hoe last month.

09-11-2012, 07:19 PM
Old mud sparkles.
New drain sparkels.
Floormat sparkles.

No hoe sparkle. :rolleyes:

Arimert- nice cuts.

Marge- nict trees.

Frankenhack Monday. Absolute black shelves with Fein tool and wet pads. Indoor. Mess free, though not quite the lucid mirror a 2500 rpm rotart tool with a full water feed gives, but it's a 3/8" edge.


09-11-2012, 09:27 PM
Round peg in a square hole, or is it....round pad on a triangle? Never mind.

09-11-2012, 09:42 PM
Whatever works.

09-11-2012, 10:12 PM
Gueuze, if you do that regularly you might wanna look into the sanding pad attachment for the Makita. Good bit larger than the one for the Fein. Adapting might be a problem, but you'd get support under more of your diamond pads. Think Bosch might be the same, but not certain of that.

09-12-2012, 04:24 AM
posted by Greg:
That's one good lookin' hoe your hanging out with....I traded my old wore out hoe for a new hoe last month.

Yep that hoe is second generation so I tend to hear a lot of stories about my Dad but he treated the hoe pretty good. I benefit as the hoe is really well used and broken in, wouldn't want to git a new one:D

Fein to polish..... another Frankengueuze creation:clap1: Shelves lookn good.

New World Tile
09-12-2012, 02:21 PM
Redoing the pool on my own house. I'll post more as I get more done.

09-13-2012, 03:39 AM
Josh that is a huge undertaking, looking forward to seeing the progress. We all know your work so we know it will be something spectacular:wohoo:

Did you drain it to work on it, I always heard you can't leave the water out. Fact or fiction?

09-13-2012, 05:10 AM
Fiction. I'm a former skateboarder. :)


09-13-2012, 05:54 AM
cant wait to see the finished pool. looks like its going to be killer.

fact. you dont want to leave the water out of a in ground pool where it freezes. my cousins neighbors pool heaved about 4' out of the ground on one side from leaving it empty through winter. cost them about 40k to fix it.

New World Tile
09-13-2012, 09:08 AM
The plaster company drained it and did the demo. They cored a couple of 2" holes in the bottom to releave any hydro pressure. I'm just doing the tile and travertine copping then they will come back and replaster.

09-13-2012, 04:03 PM

I had that experience of tearing out a "concrete" mud bed once. Yes, it was real concrete :wtf: and it was on the 2nd floor of a house. It's a wonder the ceiling didn't cave in. What a pain carrying all that crap down to the 1st floor and out to the dumpster.

09-14-2012, 04:31 AM
Yes Pat, I think everyone should have that experience at least one time! Lots a fun carrying all that out of the house in buckets, amazing how much weight is in just a mud pan, imagine mud walls. In this particular one the floor beneath was rotted, but the mud was sound so everything deteriorates around the mud but the mud stays in tact.

You never know what you are going to find once you take the pan up but again in my case I could see up under it and it didn't look good.

Got the new mud in and threw around some kerdi yesterday. Ready for tile.

09-14-2012, 05:10 AM
Hybrid with pebbles, I hate pebble sheets, and pebbles, and sheets, and.....

oh well, I guess the only way to make it go away is to get it done.


09-14-2012, 06:29 PM
Great work everyone.

A 460 sf job i finished today.

09-14-2012, 06:50 PM
Nice execution, man......:tup2:

09-14-2012, 07:38 PM
Job in Hummelstown PA, shower pan ripped out & rotten wood removed. Got the shower pan back in order with newly fabricated solid piece on bench vs the original tile. They had original tile for bottom row on wall since I had to remove that to run waterproofing up the wall. SpectraLock tomorrow, long day today to get done. Cut the piece on my DeWalt, profiled it at home.

09-14-2012, 08:44 PM
nice job Jon , nice transformation.

09-14-2012, 08:55 PM

Hybrid app is looking tempting (something Id like to try)

Pebbles?Aww c'mon?Who doesnt love pebbles (lol)....Lookin good,bro


Nicely done.Thanks for the "in action photo".Im sure that one guy who gets anal about "keying" in the porcelain will love that pic as well!


It seems like every time you post the works youve done that you keep raising the bar.Thats what its all about.Constant improvement.Work looks cherry.Im sure the H-Os are blown away with the transformation.

Thanks for sharing everyone!

09-14-2012, 09:42 PM
Lt...i key in allmost all tile now ..the only way to go IMO.

09-14-2012, 10:41 PM
finished up another plank "wood look" tile install today, this one in Parrish, Florida.
we tiled a front room, 3 bedrooms and a attached bath floor.
tile used was Panaria 6x24 Iroko.











Hank B.
09-15-2012, 01:44 AM
One of the many "tub showers" built round here. Thankfully not many folks use them as bathtubs, as ive yet to see one with any type of liner or any attempt to contain water. This one consisted of cmu under the slab footing style, I believe it was about 18" deep. Mud right over the dirt with no reinforcemnt and it was a moldy mess.

I didnt take may pics of the during. I lifted the drain, filled it with dirt, wet it, packed it, filled it, wet it pack it... let it settle put in rebar, 4" slab then, floating reinforced mud with divot and aqua defense. Got to say, it always feels like overkill when these dry pack over dirt with no liner setups are lasting half a century but i can charge for overkill and thankfully the world is afraid of mold.

Hank B.
09-15-2012, 01:49 AM
And nice work every one. Brian, not sure how you bang them plank jobs out so quickly. I can throw down lots of glue down hardwood in a day. I can blow out lots of floor tile in a day. For some reason tile that looks like wood takes me forever and sucks my will to live.

09-15-2012, 05:31 AM
Hank sweet looking shower, niche placed perfectly. Well done, I like that tile too and the shelves very balanced and lots a work to tearout did a little tearing out this week myself;) Nice carry through the niche.

Brian, another job well done! I can see why you keep getting calls on the plank tile jobs you are the king of porcelain planks.

L.T. thanks, I am trying to keep up with the rest of you. The right jobs are coming in finally:tup2:

Katwyk tile
09-15-2012, 06:21 AM
Jon, Hank and Brian, looking good!
I've been playing with some big tile the last few weeks. Dal gave me some customs mega-lite to use on this and it worked great. I also broke out the tls gun and straps and was real happy with the results.

Katwyk tile
09-15-2012, 06:29 AM
more pictures

09-15-2012, 01:25 PM
Really nice Rod! you install the pan liner for peace of mind?
Edit: just noticed your target stonemattic! Thing is a monster!

Jon awesome job on that pan repair. Takes a lot of patience and finesse for that.

09-15-2012, 02:20 PM
nice work Rod, looks fun.

Brian, not sure how you bang them plank jobs out so quickly. I can throw down lots of glue down hardwood in a day. I can blow out lots of floor tile in a day. For some reason tile that looks like wood takes me forever and sucks my will to live. I love them and to me it's a lot easier then a regular tile floor.
once you get the hang of it and a few tricks it pretty much goes fast.

Brian, another job well done! I can see why you keep getting calls on the plank tile jobs you are the king of porcelain planks. lol, thanks. in the last 2 weeks I have had 9 calls for plank installs.

09-15-2012, 04:15 PM
I was always taught to have the wall tile go over the floor tile and not butt the floor into the wall. Ever have an issue with water and that joint?

Higher Standard Tile
09-15-2012, 09:16 PM
I hate pebble sheets, and pebbles, and sheets, and.....

Tell me about it. Still working on the master bath.

And getting the LR started. The layout is based off of the exterior lanai. That still needs some prep and Ditra.

09-15-2012, 10:05 PM
Really nice job on the outside corners there, Isaac. :)

09-16-2012, 08:31 AM
I've been curious as to how you've been handling those outside corners since you started this project Isaac. However your doing it looks fantastic. Maybe some close-up pics? Gotta say tho, I'm glad it's you and not me dude!

Fantastic work by everyone else as well!!

John Bridge
09-16-2012, 08:42 AM
That's a bunch of pebbles all right. Looks great, Isaac. :)

09-16-2012, 09:19 AM
I agree Isaac amazing job with those pebbles:bow:

Nice project Rod!

Got my rebuild in Hummelstown PA, grouted yesterday with some SpectraLock. When I opened up that shower floor I really didn't know just how bad the damage was going to be, I knew mold was growing under it so for many reasons it needed to be torn out. After I did the initial tearout we had the fans on it for about 4 days to dry it out good. Then I spent a long week rebuilding it. I initially thought it would take 10 days total but did it in 6.

The third photo I hope none a you every has to see doing a tearout but we know for a fact many showers are put in with no preslope and clogged weep holes, plus the drain in this one was clogged with thinset.:think:

I am sure some contractors went in there and told them total gut but the walls felt very sound to me so I told them I would try to save the walls and not tear them out if not needed and they weren't. Just the first row to get to the original liner and tie the new kerdi in:clap2:

09-16-2012, 10:42 AM

How did you span the joint where the old tile meets the new?

09-16-2012, 01:11 PM
nice shower Isaac!

09-16-2012, 01:23 PM

First row of tile removed in order to take waterproofing up the wall, as for second row of tile to first nothing to span they didn't want a new shower just the pan replaced. No waterproofing on the walls previously, just liner with no preslope and weep holes clogged. All I could do is thinset that area and Hyrdro Ban it and bring the kerdi up the wall. Hope that helps answer your question:yo:

09-16-2012, 01:46 PM
Jon, I did one like that just recently. Ive been called back due to the original shower failing past my new work.

I gave them a bid for a complete remake and they choose a band-aide.

Everything above the bottom two tiles is falling apart slowly.

I patched it again last Friday and left an invoice. we'll see.


Mountain Tile
09-16-2012, 06:06 PM
I did a pan replacement like that recently too Jon, I ran redgaurd up to the existing tile, before grouting, I loaded the joint between old tile and new with a matching silicone, then packed it with grout. I normally don't like doing them kinda jobs, but this little old lady was just an angel, and local tile guy screwed up the pan twice!

09-16-2012, 07:23 PM
Walls were sound and two were glass block no band-aid, all the problems were underneath on the floor mainly. This one was done as good as it gets from the subfloor up. Only failure was the liner no preslope. Now it is all reinforced, kerdied, new drain, good as new. I think they are selling the home and this is why they wanted it done. If I was an inspector on this for a buyer or Realtor, big red flag would have gone up. Now they can sell it feeling good about it, if I go back it will be to do a kitchen backsplash which is outdated;) I told her going in though that once I rip it out only then can I assess what needs to be done and it might be the whole thing. She knew that going into it but she had to have it done if they are selling.

09-18-2012, 03:06 AM

09-18-2012, 03:38 AM
Nice job Neil,but noooo thanx.

09-18-2012, 04:45 AM
Awesome!! Only a few thousand more? :cheers:


09-18-2012, 05:48 AM
Been a few days, nice to see more cool stuff from everyone.

Frankenhack monday- Kohler cast iron receptor with wall and walk-in entry built over normally open 60" end. To call it a waterproofing challenge is an understatement.

Noble, Kerdi, Sika, on Hardi. Ready for Hydroban. :devil:


09-18-2012, 07:49 AM
Neil, that is awesome!

09-18-2012, 10:11 AM
Looks good! Have any pictures of your jig/saw setup for the repetitive cuts?

Helped a friend out the other day. Remembered why I quit the restaurant side of the tile biz. This is one days worth of tile installation...

09-18-2012, 01:24 PM
Nice work Neil, don't you get tired walking up those tiled steps though:) One day Kevin that is nothing for your crews, did you ever get that casino done?

Hank B.
09-18-2012, 03:03 PM
niel that looks awesome! are you putting in a boarder or continuing the pattern to the walls?

kevin, 1 day? how many guys? impressive regardless of how many hands.

09-19-2012, 07:26 AM

Gueuze,thats a hybrid on steroids!

Kevin,damn!Looks like someone ate their Wheaties that day!Impressive.

Here's what Ive been up to.My phone cant send pics or emails,so I havent been shooting 'em out to some of yall like I usually do.Here are some-

09-19-2012, 04:48 PM
finished a small dry stack stone columns/accent corners installation project
on a home in Wesley Chapel, Florida Seven Oaks sub division.

stone was Banks County Rubble by Suncrest Stone.











09-19-2012, 05:30 PM
Nice stone work Brian.:nod: Who is the guy setting it? Is he new? Haven't seen him in any other pic's you have posted.:rolleyes:

09-19-2012, 05:33 PM
He's got paparazzi. :shades:

L.T.- looking good!!


09-19-2012, 05:46 PM
Heres some hand made tile from Sysergy Tile in Silver City NM.

09-19-2012, 05:58 PM
Install looks great, Jeff. Just a bit to much visual stimulus than I would care to see every morning.


09-19-2012, 06:09 PM
Yeah...kinda busy, but a good execution.

09-19-2012, 06:37 PM
Brian,lookin good.Hey,whose that blonde haired lunatic in that one

Very nice install,Jeff.

Hey,beauty is in the eye of the check holder.I tell 'em ,"ill stick pink tiles on the ceiling if u want!!"

09-19-2012, 07:10 PM

09-19-2012, 08:02 PM
I dig that center piece Jeff.

Higher Standard Tile
09-19-2012, 10:59 PM
Jeff that is beautiful.

09-20-2012, 05:09 AM
L.T. looks like you have been busy, eveything looks great especially all that bullnosing looks like you did on that porcelain:clap1:

I think I recognize that guy in Brian's Nice stackage, expecially the cap piece to top it off to match the column. I take back my previous statement you are not only the king a planks but stacks too:nod:

Jeff, I agree we all look at things differently and want different things. Cool work very impressive handmade tile. :tup2:

Me, just put down some Ditra this week and some Dolce Vita tiles in a kitchen, haven't done a floor for a while and not complaining:D Not gonna enter in the Ditra contest either, nothing special about my project just another