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Old 03-21-2012, 06:53 PM   #61
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Well, its all done (the tub surround) except installing the shelves and the calking. Good thing too... I'm out of fingers. I know I'm not supposed to use my fingers to shape the grout lines, but old habits die hard.

Question: Somewhere in my memory is the fact that we should fill the tub with water before calking between the tub and the tile. Is this a good memory? Is it necessary?

I'll post pics when its done.

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Sherry,

You can also use bags of thinset to weight the tub, but most times we just use our body weight.

Have you read the caulking tutorial some really nice guy wrote?
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Paul: Have you read the caulking tutorial some really nice guy wrote?
Yep... read it the last time you gave someone a link. Very useful. Thanks.
Love the back splash BTW.
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Closing in on it... It's looking good too... I'll try to post some pics tonight.

Next question: (that old faint memory thing again). It seems to me I remember the last time I did a bathroom (100 years ago) that the plumber filled the open area around the shower pipe and the tub spout with silicon calk. Is this something we should do?

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Its a good idea, we do ours like this
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:59 AM   #66
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Thanks again Paul... you seem to always be there when I need you.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:18 PM   #67
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Hey Paul...
I showed my husband the pic you posted... he was wondering about the copper. I know you're not a plumber, but do you know how they attach the copper to the spout? He said it needs threads...maybe a compression fitting?

Also... do you know how to measure the length of pipe needed so that everything tightens down properly on the spout?

It's all so confusing to me... I'm glad he does the plumbing
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Sherry, sorry to get off track I just saw the tiled ceiling and I remember way back when you were just starting on that. It looks amazing You starting a second project, I see you have about Joe's helper doing the mud pan. We got few good men up here in PA and we love good cookin, though some a us are a lil picky
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Hi Jon...
I was wondering what happened to you. I was going to send you an email when I posted the finished project. Like I said earlier... I don't do anything fast... I really didn't think it would take me this long, but it has and I'm pretty happy with the way its turning out.

Soon as we finish this bathroom we're going to start on the master bath (after a little vacation). I don't know what's going to happen re the mud pan. I did one once before and I remember it being very tough on my back. I may wind up doing it myself. I don't know if we can wait until the end of May for Joe's helper. I'll be in touch with him soon.

Every time I see that you live in Hershey I wonder if you like chocolate. Do they give locals discounts?

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Hi Jon...
I was wondering what happened to you. I was going to send you an email when I posted the finished project. Like I said earlier... I don't do anything fast... I really didn't think it would take me this long, but it has and I'm pretty happy with the way its turning out.

Soon as we finish this bathroom we're going to start on the master bath (after a little vacation). I don't know what's going to happen re the mud pan. I did one once before and I remember it being very tough on my back. I may wind up doing it myself. I don't know if we can wait until the end of May for Joe's helper. I'll be in touch with him soon.

Every time I see that you live in Hershey I wonder if you like chocolate. Do they give locals discounts?

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Hi Sherry, thanks for thinking of me. I remember way back when you started talking about the barrel vaulted ceiling. It looks awesome how it turned out, you did a phenomenal job.

I'll let you in on a little secret, things done fast never turn out as nice as those who rush. I like to take my time and plan out installations too and make them the best they can be, sometimes that is not always possible when people are in a hurry to get hurried perfection...lol

yes there has to be someone more local who can do a mud pan for you for a nice dinner and some entertainment

Yes we get the chocolate at a better price, I go with my little nephew once and a while. We did the ride a couple weeks ago, first time for him. What is your poison, pm me your address and I will send you some sweetness straight from Hershey. Chocolate, why certainly especially when I can smell it in the air working a job in Hershey.

Masterbath now, what are your plans in there... lots more curves
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:35 PM   #71
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OK... the tub surround is finished except for the plumbing stuff. Can't say the silicone calk was my favorite... fact is I hated it.

All went OK until today when I thought I'd knock out the tub/wall joint. PITA. The joint was a little wider than the others and the calk skimmed over so fast, it was definitely a problem. Fact is I had to pull the backer rod with the calk out of the long side of the tub and do it again. I wound up using a putty knife instead of my finger to smooth it down. I think that was part of the problem... I have girl fingers, not man fingers and my fingers weren't big enough to make a good joint. Next time I'll be prepared with a tool of some sort.

I'm not totally happy with the calk job, but I can't tell you how many times I pulled the calk out of the joint and redid it. I finally had to settle for almost good enough (not like me).

So here are the finished pictures...

Thanks for all the help on the tub surround... on to the vanity top...
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:16 AM   #73
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Thanks CX.

Thinking about the next bathroom (probably new thread). Just wondering if the combination of epoxy or urethane grout and glass tile would make a shower wall more waterproof (not in place of the normal waterproofing). I'm thinking about painting the back of some glass tile for use in the shower and wondering how much moisture is likely to get back there.

Love this forum... thank you all for your input
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Yep, new bathroom, new thread, Sherry. Start your new questions there.
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Thanks guys... I'll continue this on a new thread.
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