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Old 12-31-2017, 06:13 PM   #16
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I've never seen a tool exactly like that. Must be an old time cat's paw. Love those old tools.

My new one looks similar to this.

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Old 01-01-2018, 02:04 AM   #17
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Yeah, Marion. That's what I thought you had. That nail puller is cool.
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Old 02-01-2018, 11:31 PM   #18
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Sooo, the tiles are coming next weekend. Landlord ordered Italian porcelain full body tiles. I wanted to use Ditra. When doing Ditra on stairs, do you only use it on the horizontal surfaces (treads and landing), or also on the risers?
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Old 02-02-2018, 01:27 AM   #19
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If there is plywood for the risers, I'd also use Ditra on the plywood risers.

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Old 02-03-2018, 10:17 AM   #20
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Yes, they are plywood. Do I have to do something with the edges? No waterproofing needed, it's indoors.
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Old 02-04-2018, 10:20 PM   #21
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You're using Ditra because it's a far better tiling substrate than the bare plywood. As far as the edges/corners, you don't need to do add anything to them.

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Old 04-11-2018, 03:20 PM   #22
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Finally done all the prep work. What thin-set would you recommend under the membrane? Schluter says "thin-set mortar that is suitable for the substrate", but I have never tiled on plywood before, and I am reluctant to ask the guy at Home Depot... last time I asked something, the guy did not even know what "unmodified thin-set" is. If someone could just tell me what product to grab at Home Depot, I could start today. Thanks!
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Old 04-12-2018, 10:49 AM   #23
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Marion, you must use a thinset mortar that indicates it meets the requirements of ANSI A118.11 for bonding anything to plywood. Find that number on the bag.

At Homer's you could find Custom's VersaBond. If you wanna spend more dinero, you could also try their FlexBond. Either will meet Schluter's requirements for bonding their Ditra to your plywood.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Old 04-15-2018, 03:35 PM   #24
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Thanks! Found it. Now the tiles that my landlord brought are six square. Risers are seven high. Should I leave a skinny strip on the bottom, or cut the tiles so I get a grout line in the middle? I could also go diagonal on the risers, what do you guys think would be the best?
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Old 04-15-2018, 05:20 PM   #25
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I would point out the situation to the landlord and ask that he get some larger tiles. No need making the situation more difficult just to accommodate tiles that are not well suited to the application.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Hum, don't like to ask him (I know him well enough not to gamble)... I should have thought of that before he bought them, my bad.
Maybe I just go diagonal on the risers. Have done a stair diagonal before and it looked good, although I am not quite sure about the bull nose pieces, which are obviously square. I prefer the metal profiles.
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I like to use the metals myself think it would offer you a batter chance of someone not chipping the edge of the tile. But that is just what I think I may be wrong.
if you are looking for another pry bay this one is a beast I got it at home depot
https://www.amazon.com/Crescent-DB18.../dp/B008NM6VSC
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Old 04-18-2018, 07:17 PM   #28
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Luckily I am done with the nasty nails, took me only two months... Just got the Ditra installed, stairs are all orange now!
Man, I was a bit nervous mixing mortar and swinging a trowel after more than 10 years not doing any tile stuff. But I think it's like riding a bicycle, you don't lose it. But it sure is a learning curve with the new materials and wood substrate. Love this forum, and love to learn!
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I think diaganal on the risers will look real nice.
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