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Old 09-11-2017, 01:56 AM   #121
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My drain doesn't have a step down. It was an adaptor drain for a clamping ring, and for some reason doesn't have a step down like some others I've seen.


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Holy crap, you are right. I haven't seen a kerdi drain like that. Must be new? Will you post a pic of the drain assembly?
I guess i am going to look for the newest kerdi drain video.

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Old 09-11-2017, 11:01 AM   #122
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Not at all new, Travis. The Schluter Kerdi adapter drain has been around for years. Nearly always better to replace an existing clamping drain with a regular Kerdi drain, but the adapter is available for situations when that is not feasible for some reason.
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:45 PM   #123
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Changed up our choice for the wall tile, any problem with using this? Ceramic semi-vitreous tile:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/205428188

Also, I've seen schluter recommends either the kerdi trowel (1/8 inch square notch) or a 1/4x3/16 v notch trowel for applying membrane. Does anybody have any strong feelings about either of these two options being better/easier to use for applying the membrane?


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Old 09-13-2017, 01:09 PM   #124
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I much favor the 1/8th" square notch for installing sheet-type direct bonded waterproofing membranes, Dave. It's as close to exactly right for the application as you're likely to find.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:12 PM   #125
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Nothing special about the kerdi one vs any other 1/8 inch square notch right?

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Old 09-13-2017, 03:16 PM   #126
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The kerdi notch trowel is special. It's fancy looking, has an ergo grip, and lacquer coated. Almost worth the $25 price tag. Oh and almost forgot, orange handle.
Go to the wood flooring isle and get the $2 disposable trowel. There should be an 1/8th x 1/8th there.

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Old 09-13-2017, 04:10 PM   #127
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Or attend one of their training sessions and they'll likely give you one for free! And a Ditra trowel to go with it. And maybe a backpack to carry'em in.
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:58 PM   #128
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well that answers it.

Changed up our choice for the wall tile, any problem with using this? Ceramic semi-vitreous tile:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/205428188


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Old 09-13-2017, 06:35 PM   #129
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Same link you posted before, Dave? It's a wall tile. So long as you're using it only on the walls and not in any floor application, you'll be fine.
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What about edges? Does it have a bullnose available?
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Yes, this is the bull nose:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/100117006


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Couple more questions about the layout:

(1) I'm planning to put the shower niche in stud gap that is second to the right wall, and I'm wondering if there is a standard height for a 12x20 shower niche or if it's just preference?
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(2) how far out should I waterproof with the membrane and tile? The drywall ends right about the edge of the curb, but I'm wondering how far I should tile out? Just to the edge of the curb? Or if farther, do I just waterproof to the wall to line up with the outside edge of the curb and then tile out a bit more on the walls?

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So I just placed the membrane on the floor and then ran a couple pitchers of water on it to make sure everything was draining properly. Overall it seemed pretty good, but water seems to be pooling a bit on the side of the drain. I put the level on it as you can see, and it definitely has pitch. It's really pooling on one side of the kerdi drain, not even on the shower pan. But I leveled the drain when I set it.

Is this normal? Or will it cause problems?
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1. I like to run up a few courses before I put my niche in. I like to make it fall within my pattern whenever possible to avoid making it look like a chopped up mess all around it.

2.I stop just shy of where the tile ends.

3. If the drain was level when you set it, how did it get so far off now? It may not be an issue but water may struggle to find it way to the drain
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Well that's the level set just on one side of the drain, does that make sense? I did that to show there's slope but the water is still pooling a bit. This is the level set flat across the drain.

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