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12-06-2013, 03:08 AM
Nice work Brian
Do you grout that ?

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12-06-2013, 05:59 AM
No, the joints are all butt it together with the stone. sometimes there are very tight spaces but it goes unnoticed in the overall picture.

12-06-2013, 07:07 AM
A finger pincher..

12-06-2013, 07:43 AM
That looks really similar to the stuff I did on this fireplace recently. 155168

Even without grout, it's still kind of a pain.

12-06-2013, 07:48 AM
Take a good look at Oscar's pan. That's the evil fiberglass pan that's so prevalent around here.

Did the put lath ties on the sides? I've seen it where some guys just thinset directly to the fiberglass...

12-06-2013, 04:03 PM
No ties, idiot fiberglass guys
You hve to get creative to be able to hold that lath in there
This day specially i forgot to put in the lath so my floor mud would hold it in place but i got my ways lol

Ive seen people screw/nail hardi to the fiberglass smh

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12-06-2013, 04:04 PM
Actually when we demoed this shower there was a seat on the left hand side, it had thinset then hardi then more thinset then tile

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12-06-2013, 04:09 PM

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12-06-2013, 04:45 PM
I like the walls...

Had a couple of these delivered onsite for our next monster commercial hackery!!

12-06-2013, 05:16 PM
Fancy garbage can you got Kevin!:tup2: It can hold water too!

12-06-2013, 06:32 PM
More commercial hackery from your other resident hack....
3200ft floors and walls.
Hey Mr. Architect,think you could have just boxed the column in? Thanks a bunch.:tongue::tongue:
Sorry fancy garbage can. Only cool blue tape:D

Houston Remodeler
12-06-2013, 06:45 PM
Its handy to have another set of highly skilled hands on the jobsite to blame everything on :stick:

12-06-2013, 06:57 PM
Finished a Daltile "Rittenhouse Square" 3x6 Arctic White
Subway kitchen tile backsplash in South Tampa, Florida today.
Laticrete 253 thinset and unsanded white grout.











12-06-2013, 06:58 PM
Aww....thanks, Paul. Your cheque is in the mail..... :tup2:

12-06-2013, 06:59 PM
Nice, clean and simple Brian. Done by noon on that one?

12-06-2013, 07:50 PM
Done by noon on that one? close, started at 8:00, done setting by 10:30, went to store, had
lunch and grouted it up and caulked, done by 1:45.

12-06-2013, 07:55 PM
here's a finished shot the customer just emailed me of the 1x2 split faced "Bianca Venato" backsplash in Tampa, Florida we did yesterday.

another happy Angie's List customer in Tampa, Florida :D


12-06-2013, 09:53 PM
Cool backsplash, very nice work Brian! I wonder how long it'll stay white and clean.

12-06-2013, 09:54 PM
Hmmmm. Just can't find that grout float on the Bianca venato....

12-06-2013, 10:41 PM

no grouting going on wit that stuff :D
I hid the float on my white subway project for you to find.


there an older couple, they might spray some penetrating sealer on it.
I dont think they cook too much at home.

12-06-2013, 10:58 PM
Not our work. With all the commercial bathrooms on the "worst" thread, thought this was worthy of sticking in here. This is a tile suppliers bath with SpectraLock Dazzle in the grout around the mosaics. Looked pretty cool and the installers did a pretty good job on the whole place.


12-07-2013, 02:08 PM
Received pictures earlier from the customers on a project we did a couple months ago in Odessa, Florida. It was an Ivory multicolor travertine tile installation in an Ashlar pattern throughout the home. The travertine was also sealed.

here was the Progress Pictures in the first thread (







12-07-2013, 04:18 PM
Very nice work, my friend....

12-07-2013, 08:26 PM
Brian, how boring compared to plank. :rolleyes:


Kinda love the furball too. :)

12-07-2013, 08:43 PM
dont worry, I have some plank rooms from this project to post later :D

Alpha&Omega Tile
12-07-2013, 10:07 PM
Kitchen backsplash, 3x6 stainless steel from frigo design, with random 3x6 red glass inserts. Dimension moonstone grout.

Houston Remodeler
12-10-2013, 08:25 PM
Spent the day in my truck waiting for the plumbing inspector to approve our curbless kerdi shower with Laticrete drain.

The inspector can arrive any time between 8 am and 330 pm.

He arrived at 329 pm.

We can start tiling the master bathroom after the insulation is installed and inspection is passed.

12-11-2013, 05:57 AM
Gotta love the 8-3 time slot.
so wat did you do to piss him off.
Seeing how he arrived at 3:29

Houston Remodeler
12-11-2013, 07:12 AM
He said they are short handed on inspectors. I was his 29th stop of the day. Plenty of time to see what was going on.

Nice enough guy. Didn't know the difference between Laticrete and Kerdi, but he meant well.

Houston Remodeler
12-13-2013, 03:35 PM
No hot water at work? Helper who complains about everything?

Bring your own on-demand water heater to work.

It made grouting with Fusion in 45F weather a pleasant task today.

12-13-2013, 05:02 PM
Paul, you're in Houston. Guys up north are gonna be calling us sissies down here.:D

Tiger Mountain Tile Inc
12-13-2013, 06:01 PM
You heat up 45 degree water? :rolleyes:

Here's my on-demand water heater... as long as your demand is no less than 45 minutes. :o

Cold weather tip: Always put your water heater in the bucket the night before. Then all you have to do is plug it in. :idea:


Tiger Mountain Tile Inc
12-13-2013, 06:03 PM
Helper who complains about everything?

I forgot to ask: How does the water heater solve with this issue. :nya:

Houston Remodeler
12-13-2013, 07:17 PM
It gives him at least one less thing to complain about.

One step at a time. Baby steps.

Jim, our water comes out in the mid 50's in the winter. By the time it got through the HWH set on low, it was steaming hot.

Dave, Some say 'sissy', some say 'smart man'. :tup2:

Somewhat carefully typed on teensy cell phone keys.

Peerless Tile
12-13-2013, 08:38 PM
Paul....You can't hide money.....That setup is awesome! I hate I didn't think of it first!

Houston Remodeler
12-13-2013, 08:49 PM
I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner. I've been using the HWH to take showers and cooking when camping in the Pop Up.


It sets in the garage right next to all the work tools, sitting silently in its clear plastic tote. It dawned on me today to take it to work.

Gary K
12-13-2013, 09:29 PM
Paul, thats pretty slick. I'm assuming that if you got it for camping you can find them at camping supply stores??? Was it pricey???

Houston Remodeler
12-13-2013, 09:49 PM
I heard about it on the Pop Up forum.

I got the 1.5 gpm model for $110 on Amazon. It came with the LP tank hose and connector. All you need to do is add 2 D batteries to operate the automatic ignitor. The unit turns itself on and off when the shower hand wand valve is opened and closed.

These HWH's come in all sizes, I got a smaller one. They are sold to folks who do mobile dog washing, car washing, camping.....

I added a filter for $3 or so, as suggested by Amazon. Great upgrade as some of the crap in the hose at camp is amazing. The filter is very easy to clean. It has a clear cover so you can see the gunk.

12-14-2013, 05:12 AM

Not going to lie, that IS a great idea.

This past week I had the saw set up in the HO's garage, with his mammoth propane heater and its smell giving me an (almost) free buzz.

With love from MN...

Sissy :nya:

12-14-2013, 08:07 PM
Finished up a 4 bath house. All Kerdi board, some 3/16" board on small walls of tub surrounds to get the tile flush with the drywall. Had the GC block out every inch between studs.
Last pic is a master bath shower we'll be mudding next week.










Houston Remodeler
12-14-2013, 08:09 PM
Nice neat work Obie :bow:

Higher Standard Tile
12-14-2013, 09:06 PM
Looking good Obie.

12-14-2013, 09:16 PM
Screw random I'm a tile guy. 1/3 bond porcelain wood look in progress

12-15-2013, 10:29 PM
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12-15-2013, 10:56 PM
Cain... you have successfully achieved the anti-wood look congrats...:shrug:

12-16-2013, 03:59 AM
Nice work Obie.
That shower reminds me of a run when I did quite a few 2x2 showers with sanitary trim on every change of plane.

12-16-2013, 04:06 AM
Backsplash. paper faced.Odd elongated hex pattern.
2x4 glass herringbone inlay.
First pic with tiles set the wrong way.

Peerless Tile
12-16-2013, 06:35 AM
Nice work around the hood! I see you convinced the interior desiccator that the tile actually goes and looks proper "the other way". Good for you. It looks great.

12-16-2013, 06:58 AM
Inferior desecrators,....:tup1:

Chad Deiter Company
12-16-2013, 08:26 AM
Nice work TonE that's a nice backsplash you did there.

12-16-2013, 10:20 AM
Schluter tile over drain

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12-16-2013, 12:39 PM
Waiting for the glue on the mitres to dry. We're doing wall caps & returns. Tiling done by a ( lurker :D ) JB Forum member. House has 4 baths. Not too shabby for the "summer cottage". Le Sigh...

Typed on my iPhone with sticky glue fingers :D

12-16-2013, 01:45 PM
We just spent seven weeks remodeling a rental home in a senior community. Down to the last details. Scored some perfect Kohler clear glass shower doors at Habitat Restore for $40!!! Going in today in the hall bath. Took the window out and converted tub only to tub/shower. The PLS4 level has been a great help.

A Before and Almost After.


12-16-2013, 08:27 PM
I think that tub/shower is pure awesomeness Marge! My next one I'll be lookin for those 20x20's. :tup2:

12-16-2013, 08:58 PM
Just finished this one outa town for a long time client of ours. 6x36 & 9x36 planks with a smidge under 1/8 joints. Set over gypcrete & Laticrete 254 with Laticrete 125. The planks were rectified & pretty flat, which was nice, and made the 1/8 joints a breeze. This was our first job using the MLT System and it worked great. Yes, you still have to actually set the tile properly and gettem in the right spot and all, but the MLT lets you fine tune em and gettem just right. Great job Mick & Ernie on a fine system. :tup1:

12-16-2013, 08:58 PM
few more finished shots

Higher Standard Tile
12-16-2013, 10:07 PM
Looks good Dana.
I guess the last picture is the clue to how far out of town that job was for you:)

12-16-2013, 11:01 PM
What ever happened to good ol' Primo? "Beer of the islands," non? :rolleyes:

Higher Standard Tile
12-16-2013, 11:11 PM
They still make it. Primo was reintroduced about 5 years ago.
Funny thing is the one (Kona Brewing)Dana showed is actually bottled on the mainland.:(
If you want a beer actually made in Hawaii go with Maui Brewing Company.:tup1:

12-16-2013, 11:22 PM
Or get mo betta da kine painted label San Miguel, eh?

Or maybe that don't get smuggled in from the Philippines these days? :)

12-17-2013, 03:48 AM
Thanks Isaac. Had no idea Kona is bottled on the mainland. Had some Koko Brown and Pipeline Porter tonite on tap - both are recommended.

12-17-2013, 06:40 AM
Nice work on that floor Dana, doorway is perfectly done. First time doing all granite niche and I think I will do it again.:shrug:

Gary K
12-17-2013, 10:17 AM
Nice work Dana and Jon.

Peerless Tile
12-17-2013, 02:16 PM
Looks great Dana....gotta ask....Why turn em in the bathroom?

12-17-2013, 03:39 PM
Goes with the direction of the room. Length of the plank is the longest side and the depth is the shortest

Theory used to be for strength (opposite of joists direction) Just looks way better too

Peerless Tile
12-17-2013, 03:46 PM
huh....By looking at the picture, I think the room is longer than 5' from the door to the tub...

12-17-2013, 03:57 PM
Correct unless you count the side of the room to your left before the tub. Visualize the room laid the other direction . . . .

12-17-2013, 04:10 PM
Or get mo betta da kine painted label San Miguel, eh?


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Peerless Tile
12-17-2013, 04:11 PM
uh ok...prolly a closet but have no idea....not a fan of a dutch....not my job....was just curious...

Donnie D.
12-17-2013, 07:00 PM
dhagin that was a real nice instal with those planks!

but why no medium bed mortar?:(

Higher Standard Tile
12-17-2013, 10:52 PM
He used Laticrete 125 because he needed sound reduction. It can be used for large format as long as you allow some extra cure time. Plus he used MLT so no tiles are going to sink.

If I remember the stuff cost around $75 a bag in Hawaii. If that's not good enough pooky for you Donnie then let me know what is. :)

Tiger Mountain Tile Inc
12-17-2013, 11:05 PM
Looks good, Dana. I like the look of those planks. Do you know what the make/model is?

Just so you know it's raining here in Seattle. I know that you are probably jealous. ;)

12-18-2013, 12:15 PM
Thanks guys. We turned the planks to break it up a little ( and to make it easier on me to install.) Also, they are laid across the main/long view when looking thru rooms - something about "stretching" the width of each room or some-such. Client's happy, I'm happy.

Like Isaac said, according to Laticrete, 125 is a medium bed & we used 1/2 x 1/2 notch + MLT. Sure acted like a medium bed with all the 'aggregate', whatever it is. We gave it plenty of cure time and we also rented a dehumidifier to get RH to 50% or lower. :)

From the 125 spec sheet
The time to grouting may be prolonged when mortar is built up for medium bed applications or when back buttering tile for sound control applications.

Tile is Legno Biondo from these folks
rained here yesterday too, but I'm still not jealous. ;)

ps: looks like Isaac gets better prices than me. :(

12-18-2013, 01:06 PM
Re: Post #18553 by The Girl. Din't your mom tell you never, never to install those grab bars at a 45 degree angle? :shades:

robert august
12-18-2013, 04:53 PM
One I started a while ago. 180 square feet in shower alone. Should be done Tuesday.

12-18-2013, 05:22 PM
Nice work, Robert!

Gary K
12-18-2013, 05:55 PM
Yes Robert, it looks good.

Donnie D.
12-18-2013, 06:11 PM

robert august
12-18-2013, 08:12 PM
Couple more. Can't seem to get them right side up

robert august
12-18-2013, 08:17 PM
Last one. Yep sorry guys I cant figure out how to flip these damn things,if someone knows how, Mr. Bridge, Id be more than happy. Thank you

12-18-2013, 09:23 PM
Sorry robert it was driving me nuts. :lol2: Great job dude, looks fantastic.

robert august
12-18-2013, 10:14 PM
Thanks chuck. It was driving me nuts too.

Higher Standard Tile
12-18-2013, 10:34 PM
Looks good Robert. :tup1:

The bench looks cool, how do those pebbles feel when you sit on them?

robert august
12-19-2013, 12:00 AM
Thanks, the bench was made from cinder block, lath and float to get the raidus. The rock feels really good, it feels even better on your feet, very theraputic

12-19-2013, 02:07 AM
Great lookin shower Robert. :)

Arizona Floors
12-19-2013, 07:20 AM
Sorry guys not an installation, just a residential demolition. 4200 ft porcelain tear up (1000+ is over mud) getting it ready for stained concrete. We won't do anything but the demolition on this one.

Mud bed is the easiest we have tore out. 1-1/2" thick unbonded and no reinforcing wire at all. It lifts up with a pry bar.


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Higher Standard Tile
12-21-2013, 10:43 PM
Jesse that looks like fun :(

Did you know about the section over mud and how thick it was before you gave the price?

Here are some various jobs we have been working on since late November.

Installed golden quartzite on the concrete steps at a restaurant in Kapalua to match the existing. Used Noble Seal for crack isolation. 253RS under the membrane and 4 XLT on top. Had to leave access at all times and be wrapped up by 2:30 pm everyday.

A condo lanai at the Papakea Resort- we tiled the interior in September and did the lanai this month after the new doors we installed. Set with 4 XLT and grouted with Bostik TruColor. Skim coated the substrate with 254 the day before.

5 showers at a resort in Napili. The GC usually does their own waterproofing with a Pacific Polymer Urethane Roofing product under the mud and then Hydroban on top of the mud.

But he was ok with Kerdi. We flood tested all the pans. One had a small leak but we fixed it and it passed the next flood test. All the tile over Kerdi set with Laticrete 272. I still like Hydroban better but we make it work.
Floors over 1/4" Durock because the old plywood was not in good enough shape to stick Ditra or Strata Mat to it.
Set floors with 253 Gold and everything to be grouted with Spectralock.

Higher Standard Tile
12-21-2013, 10:47 PM
And another lanai with 24" porcelain. Who says you need a bridge saw? Decided to cut inside cause it was getting down to the upper 70's around sunset.:D
Actually the resort requires us to cut in the unit. A few tarps and well placed buckets and no problems. A bridge saw would be easier but we managed.

Chad Deiter Company
12-22-2013, 12:45 PM
I'm waiting for that to happen to me Isaac. Just bought a TS60 to cut 20" tile diagonal and I'm sure next year everyone will want 24" tiles :)

Donnie D.
12-22-2013, 05:34 PM

How does that euro trowel work out for you? u still key in the tile when using it?

12-22-2013, 05:46 PM
Doing some prep work for a shower floor .

1559201.5'' x 24'' cut from 24'' x 24'' porcelain tiles .

Higher Standard Tile
12-22-2013, 06:34 PM
Nice piece of equipment Roberto, a Rubi? That one is definitely not a Rigid knock off:D

Donnie, i like the Euro Notch, a little more mud on the floor than a 1/4"x3/8" a little less than a 1/2" but the notches collapse better than the 1/2".

I still backbutter 12" and up but can get good coverage without it if you don't like backbuttering and use the "trowel and error " method.

Calgary Dave
12-23-2013, 11:05 PM
Landed a nice job that will start on the 30th. In an "upper class" area of the city. To give you an idea....

$5.5 Million...

The house we're in is a little lower..."just" $3.5 Mil.
1600 sq of 24x48 Grey Falda over top of SLC and Ditra, plus a large 6x4x9' high shower. Today we loaded up 60 bags of thinset/slc.


12-24-2013, 09:19 AM
Good for you,Dave.Looks like you hit a nice lick:tup1:

12-24-2013, 10:07 AM
:dance:Looks like a great job Dave!! Nice to set up a shop and know your there for sometime to come!!

12-24-2013, 11:46 AM
Nice projects Dave . I hope you have the budget to change the drain with a Schluter one :D

Nice piece of equipment Roberto, a Rubi?

Yeah Isaac , with that Rubi saw even the leftovers are coming in one piece :D


Calgary Dave
12-24-2013, 11:54 AM
Nice projects Dave . I hope you have the budget to change the drain with a Schluter one :D

Well my floor will be a traditional sand & cement with saraloy liner, so the Schluter drain won't work. But I will be replacing that existing one, as well as dropping it. Always makes me laugh when the plumber leaves them 3" above the sub-floor.

12-26-2013, 11:28 AM
Back at APEX.

Up on the roof of the parking structure, several common areas. The kitchen:



Men's and Women's bathrooms:





12-26-2013, 12:05 PM
If someone stacked my X-5 on a wet snowy driveway, they'd get a piece of my mind. :mad:

Calgary Dave
12-26-2013, 01:56 PM
If someone stacked my X-5 on a wet snowy driveway, they'd get a piece of my mind. :mad:

It's -15 out. With barely a skiff of snow where the bags lay for maybe 30 minutes. No Dampness anywhere. The bottom bag is dusted off. No problem. :shrug:

Bodie Powers
12-26-2013, 02:33 PM
Marty, is that Mapisa Moravia on the cab end panel in that second pic?

12-26-2013, 02:49 PM
Marty, is that Mapisa Moravia on the cab end panel in that second pic?

It's not tile Bodie. It IS getting hard to tell the difference between wood and tile these days though ;)

Bodie Powers
12-26-2013, 03:38 PM
Marty, you're saying that's wood on the cab on the right? What species? It looks exactly like Mapisa Moravia tile I used on a

12-26-2013, 05:14 PM
I did a job last summer that had the same cabinets, and the "wood" was a mellamine (sp) overlay.

12-26-2013, 05:44 PM
Yeah, what Dan said. Some kind of laminate.

Hey! Maybe they use the exact same photo of a piece of wood to make both the tile and laminate...tricky Chinese :D

12-26-2013, 07:01 PM
Tub skirt tomorrow !!
I like that splash for some reason lol


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12-27-2013, 02:17 PM
As promised


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12-27-2013, 02:36 PM
Nice work Oscar! Is that tile stood up for the splash? Nice look. :tup1:

12-27-2013, 05:12 PM
Yes 4x24 porcelain
Same stuff as floor but cut in 4" strips

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12-27-2013, 05:16 PM
Tub access panel

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Gary K
12-27-2013, 06:18 PM
Looks good Oscar.

12-27-2013, 07:22 PM
Nice work! I like that splash too...

12-29-2013, 03:09 PM
Nice work and design Oscar. Looks really nice:tup1:

12-29-2013, 03:35 PM
Thank you guys !

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12-29-2013, 11:41 PM
good job Oscar and all, per the usual!

Just curious, Oscar, is that Silestone on the tub deck, ledges, countertops, etc? I like how that all fits together. I hate coordinating with the slab people on that kind of stuff though...:mad:

12-30-2013, 07:06 AM
Yup it is a dark brown silestone
I just let them do their thing and then i do mine; coordinating with them is pointless, especially since their main guy isnt the installer.
I had a fun time cutting the curve around the silestone on the window sills

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Katwyk tile
12-30-2013, 08:38 PM
I haven't been here in awhile. Work looks great!

Katwyk tile
12-30-2013, 11:09 PM
We had to cut all these hexagons.

I'm still trying to figure out how to post from my iPad
I was only able to download one picture out of five.

Katwyk tile
12-30-2013, 11:11 PM

Katwyk tile
12-30-2013, 11:12 PM

Katwyk tile
12-30-2013, 11:13 PM

12-30-2013, 11:43 PM
Dang those 3d installations look awesome
Is that a different kind of tile specially made for 3d look or is it regular tile installed in a way to give it that effect?

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Katwyk tile
12-30-2013, 11:47 PM
I will be selling individual tile backers and large wave panels. Most likely the panels will be in a 3'x5' sheet.

01-02-2014, 07:09 PM
Layin out 12x24 glass tile, er, panes. ;)



01-02-2014, 07:27 PM
Wow that's a red backsplash! I bet that glass was inexpensive.

01-02-2014, 07:57 PM
Ya know, with bloodshot eyes it ain't that bad. :D Yea, they were givin it away. Stuff comes from england via cali, and just so happens to match the p-lam tops and furniture perfectly. :tup1:

The supplier called it 'hooker' red. :D

01-02-2014, 08:47 PM
Wow, Dana. I really dig when people do something completely out of the ordinary and unique. That qualifies. Red tops and splash on white cabinets. :tup2:

Houston Remodeler
01-02-2014, 10:53 PM
Am I correct in assuming the glass panes were custom sized and colored?

Is that a standard Sherwin Williams color or did that come from the Hugh Hefner line?

01-02-2014, 11:14 PM
Standard sizes and colors from these folks, Paul. After cuttin & drillin all day, I can say it's nice stuff. No errant breaks, no huge blow outs, all's well with the world so far. Exposed L's next... which may be goin to the water jet guy. :)

Houston Remodeler
01-02-2014, 11:35 PM
Just be sure to round those inside corners as much as you can to prevent cracking (as much as possible)

01-02-2014, 11:50 PM
That's what all the drillin was about. ;)

01-03-2014, 06:39 PM
Here is a curved walkway we started with 3 different colors.

Ship lap
3/4" ply
Nuheat cable
Ardex liquid backer
GreenSkin primer
Crossville tile
Quartz lock 2 grout ....using two colors.

01-03-2014, 09:49 PM
here's a shower I did before the Holidays in Tampa, Florida.
Laticrete HydroBan waterproofing, 12x12 walls, chair rail, 6x6, corner shelves
and a insert with pencil liners, 2x2 & medallion & rosettes.











01-04-2014, 04:53 AM
Brian, was that a fast set on the joints of the backer?

Seems very dark for regular thinset. Reminds me of tec triple flex.

01-04-2014, 07:34 AM
yes it was a speed set. I use it to speed up the process so I cant paint the walls same day. I think all speed sets are darker then regular thinset.

cbu, mesh tape, speed set, lunch, 1 coat HydroBan, set drain & mud pan.

01-04-2014, 09:29 AM
Just finished up this one. The clients were wonderful to work for and actually got my name and contact through the JB forum.

01-04-2014, 01:23 PM
More fun with glass panes (pains?). Broke 1 tile drillin a hole first thing in the AM, turned out it wasn't backed properly - operator error. :)




just connect the dots

01-04-2014, 01:58 PM
Phil, that bath looks great.

Houston Remodeler
01-04-2014, 02:35 PM
Phil; Great work. I've used those same tiles before and they were a joy to work with.

Dana; Thanks got the update. Keep 'em coming

Richard Tunison
01-04-2014, 06:59 PM
I'm retired from tile but here is my work in progress. A 1975 Kohler 14hp. engine that will be installed into a vintage 149 Cub Cadet.

Totally gone thru with exacting machining and O.E.M. (over sized) internals and sporting electronic ignition. No more points. :postitbg:

01-04-2014, 07:15 PM
Do i sense a little Tim the toolman in that Richard? :D

01-05-2014, 08:21 AM
Thanks Brad and Paul - Great feature is that it also has a LATICRETE floor heat system under the tile. Here in Chicagoland we expect a HIGH of -14 tomorrow.
Great timing!

01-06-2014, 11:44 AM
got pictures back from a 6x48 plank tile job we did in Sarasota last year.





Scottish Tile and Stone
01-06-2014, 05:36 PM
Ive been so busy.. Not sure if I posted these ones yet. The shower was in Perry Ohio.. Was there about 41 days on this bathroom. Had to cut the 1'x2' tiles into 6"x12" then re-polish the cut edges.

Scottish Tile and Stone
01-06-2014, 05:41 PM
This was a master bath remodel in Concord Ohio.. Alot of design work went into this one.

01-06-2014, 05:45 PM
Brian~ Very nice!

Scott~ Beautiful work, as usual!

Scottish Tile and Stone
01-06-2014, 06:38 PM
Thanks Laz

Richard Tunison
01-06-2014, 06:53 PM
Wow. Just beautiful work gents. :cheers:

01-06-2014, 11:23 PM
Great lookin work Scott. :tup1:

Houston Remodeler
01-10-2014, 05:34 PM
Today we hung some Kerdi Board over some really out of plumb walls. Dot setting with PL Premium, and back scoring the boards allowed us to set them perfectly plumb with crisp corners. 3 Screws were needed to hold the sheets into place. The seams were silicone caulked before RGing.

01-10-2014, 05:46 PM
Very nice, Paul......

Houston Remodeler
01-10-2014, 05:48 PM

Did you get a chance to play with that GreenSkin yet ?

01-10-2014, 07:23 PM
Not yet....but I'm guarding it with my life..... :dance:

01-10-2014, 07:23 PM
back scoring the boards allowed us to set them perfectly plumb with crisp corners.

What do you mean?

Are you back cutting and folding for the inside corner with a full sheet.

Houston Remodeler
01-10-2014, 09:02 PM
Yes Kevin, We slit the back side as to fold the sheet around the corner. Since the corner doesn't have foam in it, it needs to be banded or RG'd. But you get a perfect corner. That is why the right side to center back wall is one piece and the left side to center back is another piece. The normal thing to do is to make each as a separate piece.

John K
01-11-2014, 06:38 AM

How out of plumb were the walls? I have a bad shower that is 1 1/4 out in 7 feet! I was going to sister all the studs but if I could plumb it like you did, it would be way faster.

I see you used silicone. Is that the 3 hour drying product? And is it basically used as a filler for the r-guard?

Sweet prep!!:bow:

01-11-2014, 07:56 AM
There is a video on youtube where a guy uses blobs of thinset on some wonky studs to set his Kerdi board plumb and flat.

Technique starts at about 8:45 in if you want to skip his long winded introduction.

01-11-2014, 09:56 AM
He makes it sound like Ardex approves of that method, too, and I seriously doubt that's the case.

Houston Remodeler
01-11-2014, 11:10 AM
the wall waved in-n-out half an inch. I'm a dabs of PL every 8 inches. The silicone seals the foam to the foam and provides some backer for the red guard.

Somewhat carefully typed on teensy cell phone keys.

Tiger Mountain Tile Inc
01-11-2014, 01:10 PM
For the record, when I took the Schluter course I specifically asked if they would warranty Kerdi board installed with only Kerdi fix to the studs - no screws. They said that it wasn't an approved installation method.

It seems to me that I read somewhere that it is ok to plumb the kerdiboard with Kerdi fix to the studs , like Paul did, but you still have to go back the next day and screw it off like normal. Consider this a rumor until someone can verify.

I have a bad shower that is 1 1/4 out in 7 feet! I was going to sister all the studs but if I could plumb it like you did, it would be way faster.

I can't imagine trying to Kerdi fix 1 1/4 inches.

Houston Remodeler
01-11-2014, 03:12 PM
Yes you are correct. Schluter will only warranty with scews, washers, band, and non modified.

Somewhat carefully typed on teensy cell phone keys.

01-11-2014, 04:38 PM
I trust Paul's warranty. :tup2::tup1:

01-11-2014, 11:27 PM
Awesome Kerdi skills Paul!

Finishing up the showroom floor at our local tile store(Tileco). 1200 sqft 20"x40" and 20"x20" porcelain, 1/16" joints. Used 4XLT and Tuscan.

Higher Standard Tile
01-12-2014, 04:49 PM
Nice floor Obie.

Hopefully the showroom isn't just paying you in free publicity:)

01-12-2014, 08:14 PM
Ha! Not free, though I gave them a good deal. I was pretty stoked they asked me as this is one of 3 tile spots in a city of 100,000.

01-13-2014, 11:39 AM

What is the name of that tile? That's really a beautiful looking concrete looking floor. Century makes some nice stuff!

01-13-2014, 02:21 PM
I hate when showrooms offer u work and the reward is a plate with your company name on it

Sent from Mr B's phone

Gary K
01-13-2014, 06:02 PM
Nice work Obie, glad you are able to show off your great talent.

01-13-2014, 06:06 PM
It's called "pantheon" Matthew. Be careful when ordering as the 2 tile ratios are switched on the cut sheet.

01-13-2014, 07:14 PM

Just need to grout this one with two different grouts yet.

Gary K
01-13-2014, 08:00 PM
A recent backsplash we worked on.

Chad Deiter Company
01-13-2014, 08:02 PM
Finished this little old brick fireplace face lift last week. Pretty cool

Gary K
01-13-2014, 08:38 PM
Nice Chad

01-13-2014, 09:23 PM
Nice pics to all!!

Hats off guys.

Obie,those pics define this thread.Great in action prgress.TLS...footage...beautiful clean work....tilematic inna mudbox!!!Freakin genius...I love it!

01-14-2014, 07:59 PM
I finished this job yesterday. I'm pointing to the cracks in the kitchen tile. I was able to break 'em out but only after removing the grout with a Rotozip and a vacuum attachment. That thing was a lifesaver.

Also pictured is the concrete floor with the thinset ground out, exposing the control joint in the middle which caused the tile to crack. The neighbor lady came over and told me that when she had hers repaired her guy installed movement membrane. I explained that has to be installed over the entire floor beforehand which is why I didn't do it. Proflex CISM Crack Repair Kit specifically states "Not for use over expansion joints or a structural (out of plane) movement cracks."

I used a speed set thinset so I could grout the same day
and got a decent grout match with a pre-mix at Home Depot. In 3 months, it'll blend in perfectly.

P.S.: Your eyes are not deceiving you, my left index finger tip has been gone for 35 years. Table saw.

01-14-2014, 08:02 PM
Brad- when you posted that "in progress" shot of that walkway, i was scratching my head about how it would look. Wow, pretty cool.

Gary- nice clean splash. curious what you think of the "grout"? just used some clear silicone on a test board with some glass i set last week.

Nice f.p. Chad. I imagine the client is sure glad to be rid of the old brick. :tup1:

Houston Remodeler
01-14-2014, 08:35 PM
Pure brand frosted white glass tiles, bathroom one of two

01-14-2014, 09:07 PM
Looks good Joe! Lucky that the customer still had some extra goods to do the repair.

Gary K
01-14-2014, 09:42 PM
Gary- nice clean splash. curious what you think of the "grout"? just used some clear silicone on a test board with some glass i set last week.

Dana, it was my first time using it, so I was a little hesitant at first. After I told myself, what could go wrong just dive in, it worked well. It was very consistent and easy to work with. Clean up was simple, I got some Blaze to do any haze buildup removal, but it was minimal. I would definately use it again if a customer wanted it.

Gary K
01-14-2014, 09:44 PM
Brad, really nice walkway

01-14-2014, 09:44 PM
Welcome aboard, Joe. Might wanna start an introductory thread and get acquainted with some of the regulars.

And maybe tell us what Surface Restoration means in your world. :)

01-14-2014, 09:46 PM
Thanks Gary. I'm gonna see if i can get my hands on some. :tup1:

01-14-2014, 09:49 PM
Welcome Joe. :)

I used a speed set thinset so I could grout the same day
and got a decent grout match with a pre-mix at Home Depot

You used the pre-mixed latex "grout" from HD?

01-15-2014, 07:50 AM
Looks great Paul, post more when you are done. I want to see the finished product.

Houston Remodeler
01-15-2014, 11:29 AM
The bottom row of 3x6s came out easily this morning.

The light orange is where the GTA was scraped off. At least I had good coverage.

01-16-2014, 10:42 AM
here's a rear Lanai we did in Valrico, Florida this week.
tile installed was a 20x20 Marazzi Montagna "Lugano".
Floor was primered and floated to fix slab dips and a sheet membrane
was used over the slab joint. MLT leveling system was used to help keep
floor flat on pitched slab. grout was Laticrete #89 Smoke Gray.











01-16-2014, 04:54 PM
Looks good Paul & Brian. Paul when you get that grouted up post some pics.

01-16-2014, 09:33 PM
Brian, nice job. What kind of membrane is that? Which thinset did you set it in?

01-16-2014, 10:38 PM
it was NAC ESB, I used the primer and the sheet is self stick.
I floated the edges to help stop curling or lifting from being kicked,
knee pad or torn from a slid bucket.

01-16-2014, 11:07 PM

I haven't done too much fancy dancing recently, I wanted to get an opinion on some work I did last summer. Client bought a curved glass shower kit and we decided to forego the acrylic base in favor of building something out of tile. Client lucked out when a hardware store decided to liquidate their stock of travertine marble tiles. Everything was 50% off. So anyways, I decided to build a Kerdi base, curved curb and a pair of matching niches. I think it came out pretty well. What do you guys think?

One cool detail was that the shower controls were offset to allow users to regulate water temperature without getting wet. Eliminating that first splash of cold water .

Stellium renovations

Houston Remodeler
01-16-2014, 11:17 PM
Nice idea Jacques

How did you waterproof the curb?

01-16-2014, 11:26 PM

I like it!
Is that part of the Ove door kit from Rona, or something else?
I like the curved door.

01-16-2014, 11:42 PM
I wondered if anyone would ask about that. It was a bit of a task.

What I did was cover all the flat surfaces with Kerdi membrane first, leaving the inside corner and leading edge to cover. I then made relief cuts in a band of Kerdi membrane to conform to the curved surface, then applied a second layer of Kerdi, cut in the same manner, but offset to cover the first set of incisions.

I wasnt too concerned with build up, since any added thickness in the base would simply add pitch to the very edge of the base tiles, (not really significant) The gap between the foam base and the curb were not built up to accomodate the extra thickness in membrane. The cap tile was easily "floated" to ensure a slight inward angle for drainage. I then re-established the base slope with a skim of thinset to "even out and smooth" the transition from the edge inward.

Also, the facing tile was a 1" X 1" and so would conform to the substrate. The cap tiles were cut and edges rounded, after the facing was placed for a clean transition from vertical to horizontal.

A bit of a pain, but it has seen at least four showers a day minimum for the past eight months, no issue with seepage at all. Just remember to offset the relief cuts.

01-16-2014, 11:45 PM

That was the Rona kit, they were liquidating that as well. We used the curved panel (the larger one) for this shower. The client gave the curved entry screen to his friend who used it to copy my design and build a similar shower for themselves.

Not bad, eh? (Candianism) Two showers from one kit, half price and discounted marble to boot!

You don't get much better than that

01-17-2014, 12:35 AM
Very nice work, Jacques....:neesie:

01-17-2014, 07:12 AM
Jacques, dig it!

01-17-2014, 08:11 AM

01-17-2014, 09:03 AM
What I did was cover all the flat surfaces with Kerdi membrane first, leaving the inside corner and leading edge to cover. I then made relief cuts in a band of Kerdi membrane to conform to the curved surface, then applied a second layer of Kerdi, cut in the same manner, but offset to cover the first set of incisions. nice work.

I did similar years ago with a curved window when I used Kerdi.
The 2" overlap they recommend is enough imo.

It's easier to paint stuff like that with HydroBan :D



01-17-2014, 10:56 AM
I thought kerdi on plywood is a no..

01-17-2014, 01:40 PM
And you would be correct in that thinking, Tyler.

01-17-2014, 02:25 PM
Kerdi over ply on the round curb in my shower. 6yrs old used twice a day everyday, no issues. Just sayin ;)

But if I had to do it again I wouldnt use ply.

01-17-2014, 03:50 PM
why assume he did it that way just because you see wood in the photo.
maybe he put cbu or drywall on it ?

Chad Deiter Company
01-17-2014, 03:55 PM
Two showers everyday ?

01-17-2014, 04:49 PM
One shower for me, one for the better half.
She has to look presentable at work, I dont. (Well.. Within reason) I shower after work.

01-17-2014, 05:01 PM
I shower every Sunday weather I need it or not. :crazy:

01-18-2014, 07:46 AM
Nobody gets past the discerning eyes of the JB crew, do they?

Hopefully Jacques sheetrocked it, but if not, it sounds like realistically it won't be they end of the world.

I'm with Brian though. I run into something like that, I'm getting my hybrid on with some hydroban.

Looks great, btw!

01-18-2014, 09:06 PM
A little travertine in a far away land of palm trees & hula. :)





01-18-2014, 10:10 PM
You use that there red stuff so's to match the countertops and backsplash on that job there, Moke? :D

01-18-2014, 10:17 PM
hahahaha different job haole. :D

... but it does match nicely. still decidin on "grout" colors. it'll be clear, white or black silicone. :)

Higher Standard Tile
01-19-2014, 12:58 AM
Glad to see that Redgard finally dried in our subtropical humidity Dana.:)

Some various exterior lanai projects we have been working on at condo complex's in Maalea and 'North' Kaanapali (aka Honokowai:) )

Cutting around the railings is not fun but at least the views are decent.

01-19-2014, 01:29 AM
Nice layout off that post Isaac. :)

No kiddin on the Redgard, wow. Thinkin Kerdi & dryset, or foam boards, or HydroBan are better options. :scratch:

01-19-2014, 08:37 AM
Nice work Dana and Isaac.


Do you put a soft joint in the middle of you decks also?
I guess it would depend on the way they face and heat from the sun right?
Small ones I do a soft joint around the perimeter like you do.
And the large ones I do one about half way.

01-19-2014, 10:10 AM
Homeowner sent a final shot of the rear lanai we did in Valrico, Florida.
They furnished it with some nice wicker stuff the day after I was done.
the tile installed was Marazzi Montagna "Lugano" 20x20.

Works In Progress Post (


01-19-2014, 03:50 PM
Looks awesome!!

Higher Standard Tile
01-20-2014, 12:21 AM
Do you put a soft joint in the middle of you decks also?
I guess it would depend on the way they face and heat from the sun right?
Small ones I do a soft joint around the perimeter like you do.
And the large ones I do one about half way.

i do the same. These lanais were small (7' x 15') so I just do a perimeter joint on the three sides.
Anything bigger and we add a joint down the middle in addition to the perimeter.
Come to think of it I probably should add a center joint on the 15' ones to stay within the TCNA guidelines of 8'-12' for exterior.

Most of the competition just grouts the perimeter. It is faster and saves that $14 a tube for the Latasil.:shrug:

Of course a few years later the lanai looks like a campground. :D

Gary K
01-20-2014, 06:40 PM
Nice work, Isaac, Dana, Brian.

Isaac, do you water proof those lanai's or is there not a need?

01-20-2014, 08:54 PM
cool Isaac, I didnt know if the sun and heat was a big problem out there in HI.

Higher Standard Tile
01-20-2014, 09:47 PM
Gary if it is bare concrete we do waterproof them, they are cantilevered concrete slabs so we waterproof mainly to protect the steel in the concrete from additional moisture not to actually prevent leaking.

On this project a GC recently did an exterior renovation to fix structural issues and spalling. Then they install a finish urethane (Neogard)product that waterproofs and is the wear surface on the lanai. If the individual owners opt to have us install tile the GC installs another layer of the Neogard with a rough sand coating to allow the tile to mechanically bond to it. We skim coat it with 254, and then have been setting most of them with 4XLT.

Of course Neogard doesn't have a list of approved thinsets. :( They claim any modified thinset is acceptable.

Here is the link to the Neogard product-

Laticrete can only provide the basic 1 year warranty since we are attaching to another companies product. I would prefer starting with bare concrete and doing our own waterproofing but the condo complex requires the Neogard product.

Gary K
01-21-2014, 03:03 PM
Thanks Isaac. I have a balcony over a front door entrance supported by columns that a HO wants done. Just trying to get a feel on what is the best way to go.

01-21-2014, 09:51 PM
Killing time on the forum waiting for it to dry. Slooowly!!

Anyone else ever hear of cardboard void forms? First time I have seen them. Cardboard to support wet concrete, not the best idea IMO. As I was screeding I noticed a low spot. Checked it with a laser, yup almost half inch low. Strange, Im better than that.
Add more, screed it off again. All good.
Carry on, wtf that spot is low again. 3/4" this time. Add more screed it again.

Sagged again. The superintendant says "ok, just leave it. We'll pour slu later"

They said they wanted this slab within 1/8" of their benchmark. Good luck! Hard to do when the form drops 2" after you screed.

They already told me they wont be holding us to their 1/8". Its pretty much outta the question on this project.

Im hoping cardboard forms is a shortlived stupid idea. :noid:

01-21-2014, 09:55 PM
Here is the form. Two layers of this that was on wet ground for almost a week while the slab prep got done, and now supporting at least 8+" of wet concrete.
I no engineer, but this just seems dumb.

01-22-2014, 05:01 AM
never seen the cardboard stuff in real life just online

here we use foam with sheets of OSB on top of it for the void form

01-22-2014, 10:10 AM

Ive seen styrofoam before, works good. Im not sure if anyone has had success with the cardboard. It sure performed miserably here.

01-22-2014, 10:13 PM
Those cardboard things look like someone's idea of a joke. "Lets see if we can sell these as 'concrete forms'". I can see em rollin on the floor laughin... all the way to the bank.

Here's a little more of the travertiny bathroom. Check the jobsite conditions yesterday AM. :yummy:

01-23-2014, 06:57 AM
Looking good Dana. MMMmmmm redgard awesome.

01-23-2014, 03:17 PM
Thanks Chuck. :yo:

Nothin fancy but a nice change of pace from our usual porcelain jobs. :)

Peerless Tile
01-23-2014, 04:23 PM
I don't quite understand the plumbing set up in what looks like a tub to shower conversion....Is there an overhead shower head? What's up with knee high pipe below the mixing valve.

01-23-2014, 10:27 PM
Don't know, didn't ask, don't care. :D

Looks like a handshower on a slide bar setup to me, with separate volume & temp valves. The rough-in nipple would then be replaced by a short brass nipple & drop el that the hose connects too. :shrug:

01-24-2014, 09:44 PM
did a Elida Ceramica "laser earth" linear glass tile backsplash
installation in (Westchase) Tampa, Florida











01-25-2014, 10:00 AM
Nice travertiny project Dana & and nice splash Brian. Dana, haven't had a chance to use the Thermo-Hygrometer yet, glad to see someone using it:)

Second of two barrier free showers in home, both with linear drains. SpectraLock Epoxy Raven and Light Pewter used here with Mr. Steam drop down bench.

01-25-2014, 11:21 AM
Nice looking Jon.

Is that a 45 degree base detail? Love the ceiling.

Not that anyone cares but I'm starting to not "highlight" the soap niches with accent tile and just allow it to washout with the wall tile. With the ceiling and border detail in your design I think that would have been a perfect example.

01-25-2014, 11:53 AM
Kevin, that certainly was an option in this with the niche. I showed the customer various options and this is what she liked the most but I see what you mean. The the floor and walls done in the lighter field tile we needed something to break it up. We always have options and the customer is always right:)

We were going to use the mosaics behind the vanity as well but decided in that case to just keep the granite backsplash to keep it simple.

Problem here though was the niche was 20" wide and I would not have liked the joints as much as if we went 24" wide and had 2 tiles for in the niche. Putting the mosaic wiped out the joints.

01-25-2014, 01:44 PM
That's a sweet shower Jon! What kind of line drain/materials did you use?

Really nice backsplash Brian!

01-25-2014, 05:22 PM
finished up a curb less stand up tile shower renovation in Riverview, Florida
they didn't want to do the tub and only wanted the shower area done.
HydroBan, tile was Panaria "Vitality" Earth 9x18 green product.
set with Laticrete 253 on 209 Floor mud & grout was #81 Butter Cream.

another Tampa Angie's List tile customer happy. ;)










01-25-2014, 06:51 PM
posted by Obie:
That's a sweet shower Jon! What kind of line drain/materials did you use?

Hey Obie I was just wondering how you were doing and here you pop up. I haven't been on the forum much since I was very busy leading up the Christmas to get the other barrier free shower done same home.

I used kerdi-line drains in both the showers both tile-in, in this one I needed a 70" but they don't make it so had to go with the 68". I had 72" total to rough in. I have been using Wedi on the walls for some time now and I Hydro Ban the penetrations and any seams. Mud sloped to back wall, covered by kerdi. If you haven't used one the body has kerdi attached to it so you run it up the wall and overlap it onto the kerdi on the pan. Being in Reno for the JB Forum Schluter event before I did these helped a lot because I wanted them right against the wall.:)

01-26-2014, 01:35 PM
Great work Jon & Brian. :tup1:

Hey Jon, did you use black/raven grout on that glass? If so, can we see a close up shot? I'm likin that combo of tile & deco. Thanks. :)

Tiger Mountain Tile Inc
01-26-2014, 02:23 PM
Problem here though was the niche was 20" wide and I would not have liked the joints as much as if we went 24" wide and had 2 tiles for in the niche. Putting the mosaic wiped out the joints.

This is a bit of a pet peeve of mine. The foam niches come in the 20" size. Who needs a 20" niche? Wouldn't a 24" make more sense? Yet every manufacturer makes all the same sizes as everyone else. :rolleyes:

01-26-2014, 06:42 PM
Don't you hate it when they don't do the tub too, Brian? Now they have this nice shower and the crappy looking builder grade tile in the tub area. If it's a separate tub and shower, that's one thing, but in a combo situation. Really!?!

Sorry, not an indictment of you, rather your customer. My guess is the shower was leaking and they wanted to fix things as "inexpensively" as possible.:tongue:

01-26-2014, 08:03 PM
actually they wanted to do the shower right with waterproofing but
just didn't want the tub done. It could have been money but from
the start they didn't even ask me to quote it. :shrug:

01-26-2014, 08:40 PM
Dana-nice job.Simple and elegant.

Brian-youve lost alot of weight,lol!Nice job w the splash.Shower looks like a quick turn around.

Jon-very nice.Work looks superb.

Havent been posting too much here.But Ive been busy. The tile stuff never ends :(

01-26-2014, 08:58 PM
Kawtyk style drain with S.A.M. divot. TYW 1st?

By any means necessary...

01-26-2014, 09:20 PM
Lt, Nice shelves!
I build them like that also. Used to make them three tiles thick (scrap in the middle) but have also decided that two tiles thick is plenty.

Nice mud work too, I'm waiting for my chance to do some mud floors. Eventually it will come.

Higher Standard Tile
01-26-2014, 10:23 PM
Looks good LT. Are those picture of you air freighting me some MLT base plates? :)

And be careful with that Claussen pickle bucket. That's the same one that blew out when I was mixing 4XLT. It would have got me fired off your crew.
A commercial kithchen regrout job we did this past Thursday night. The cleaning crew was supposed to show up before we did. :noid:
Used Spectralock 2000IG.

Not a fun job but they pay good. :)

Sorry no finished pics of the final product. But it looked less gross than when we started.

01-27-2014, 04:41 PM
This is kinda different for a vanity splash design




01-27-2014, 05:26 PM
Dang Marty nice job dude! Very unique and clean.

01-27-2014, 09:52 PM
I did a similar regrout job grout was ate away with nasty food and grease in the joints. Was it a lone star steakhouse?

01-27-2014, 10:16 PM
Using the MLT System ( with some Daltile "Fabrique" 12x24 tile today. Installing the tile in 3 bedrooms of a home in Tampa (Tampa Palms), Florida. Floor is a little wavy but with Laticrete 4XLT ( and the MLT its flat now. ;)








Higher Standard Tile
01-27-2014, 11:16 PM
Very nice and clean Brian. :tup1:
Interesting notch trowel you must be using:)
Where is that Dal product made? Curious if it is Italy or China.

Sean- no we don't have a Lone Star Steakhouse. It is a high end place by a local chef. Actually they keep the kitchen very clean, but I took the pictures at 10:30pm right after the kitchen crew finished and before the cleaning crew showed up. Now that there is grout in the joints it should be easier to keep clean.

Guessing they used sanded grout on the original install, they don't hold up too good in any commercial kitchen.

01-27-2014, 11:43 PM
Awesome work LT! I gotta try that shower floor idea you got going there. That's a great idea for a tub-shower conversion.

Marty that backsplash with the "Heinz ketchup label" detail is really cool!

Isaac, there any difference working with the IG from the regular spectralock?

01-28-2014, 12:25 AM
Isaac.Nice posting.The real side of installations,lol.Hope you added a hefty nastiness upcharge :yeah:

I did a similar regrout job grout was ate away with nasty food and grease in the joints. Was it a lone star steakhouse?
posted by some guy named Sean



Brian.Nice.Clean.It seems like Ive seen that before :D

Here are some progress pics.Some from me.Some from the powers that be.....