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Old 09-08-2017, 06:45 PM   #136
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1. It should work
2. NO FUSION in showers...not sure what you have access to. There are many good products and we all have our own favorites. I like Ardex FL
3. Ardex x5, laticrete tri lite, those would be my top 2 choices.
4. 1/2"x1/2", 1/4"x1/2" u notch, euro notch, or even a 1/4x3/8 as long as youre getting proper coverage
5. If going on floor, 1/4x1/4 then flat trowel the ridges.
6. If using a system I'd go at least 1/4"x3/8". 1/4"x1/2" u notch is my go to
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Old 09-08-2017, 09:19 PM   #137
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Flat trowel the ridges and other brands

Thanks for your recommendations Ryan. A couple follow up questions:

What does it mean to "flat trowel the ridges"?

Can't say that I've seen Ardex or Laticrete in my area. Any of the Mapei products, thin set and grout be good? Custom?
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Old 09-08-2017, 10:23 PM   #138
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You would use the flat side of the trowel to knock down the ridges and make it one smooth layer of mortar. The reason being you wouldn't have mud squeezing up through the joints.

If you've got a Home Depot close by, Versabond is a good modified mortar.

Mapei Ultraflex 1 would also work well.
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Old 09-09-2017, 11:45 AM   #139
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Perfect. Thanks for the splanashan and recomendayshan!
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Question Question regarding Schluter ALL SET thin set

I know you're not supposed to add water or dry thin set to the mix during or after the 10 minute slake time, but is it OK to add either during the initial 5 minute mixing to achieve the correct consistency if one misses on the initial amount of water and/or dry thin set?
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Old 09-09-2017, 12:44 PM   #141
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While mixing you're fine, but once you start the slake process don't add anything else. Measuring your water and mix is the best way to get a consistent product. Unless you do it daily it is hard to eyeball a mixture and have it end up at a consistency you can work with.
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Old 09-09-2017, 04:02 PM   #142
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Yep, what Ryan said. It won't take long to figure out how much to mix at a time to minimize waste. If you have a large area with big tiles, you can mix a little more than if you are tiling a time consuming pattern or doing detailed work.
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:45 AM   #144
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Question Kerdi outside curb/glass enclosure

1. Is there any point to install Kerdi more than a an inch or two outside where the the caulked sealed glass enclosure will be?

2. I'll certainly have the membrane completely cover the curb inside, top and outside to the floor, but is there any point to go beyond that from the bottom of the curb on to the floor outside?
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1. I run it just short of where the tile ends

2. I like to let it run onto the floor a few inches but it is technically not in the wet area.
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:59 PM   #146
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Bullnose tile "sill" with overhang on shower curb?

Is it better to have the tile on top of the sloped curb be flush with the vertical tiles on the curb ... over the top edges of the vertical tiles but flush OR for them to overhang, have a lip extending out a bit from the vertical tiles?

I ask because the previous disaster shower had an overhang/lip. It seems that water somehow went over the lip and under it horizontally and got wicked into the curb ... it's the only way I can see that water got into the curb causing mold. Yesterday my son tipped over his coffee cup on our Kitchen counter that has a rounded/beveled edge/lip and the coffee didn't simple flow/drip off the counter onto the floor, but much of it flowed over the edge and then under the counter top on to the lower cabinets. Kind of counter-intuitive for it to flow under the counter top horizontally until hitting the next vertical plane.

Am I imagining this or does water tend to flow this way. I'm thinking if it's a larger quantity of water, flow rate, it would flow off the edge and not under. ???
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If the curb is properly waterproofed, it won't matter. But I usually set them flush for aesthetic reasons.

The top of the curb, including the waterproofing layer, should be sloped 1/16 - 1/8" so that water runs off of it and into the shower. That would also keep it from "backtracking" under the tile.
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Old 09-16-2017, 07:37 PM   #148
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Finished Kerdi and "flood" test

Thanks to everyone for all the help and advice. Finished the Kerdi install and "flood" test. Almost a 30 hour flood test ... might have dropped 1/16, but my control pan dropped about that, so Ima thinking that be evaporayshun. Ya think?

One thing that amazed me was wicking UP from the water level on the thin layer/remnant of thin set left on the outside of the membrane here and there. I can see how without waterproofing it would just accumulate in the floors and walls... an optimal breeding ground for mold.

I'm sure I'll be back for some tips as I start tiling.

Again, thanks to all!
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Dan, I could see it evaporating 1/16 or so. I think you're good if you don't see any water outside the shower area or feel any water in the carpet in the next room.
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Thumbs up Gracias Davy!

Much thanks for all the advice!
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