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Crater
02-27-2008, 02:44 AM
Thanks to the forum I have been able to rip our bath to shreds and then put it all back together, almost.

Took a 10' x 10' small master bath down to studs and joists. Mud base floor walls and ceiling. Not fun. Early 50's home. Original tile work all gone. It was well done too.
Deflecto - check, all good - 3/4" Plytanium T & G sub floor w/1/8" gaps filled with silicone. Glued and screwed per spec. Solid. Substrate 1/4" hardi over thinset screwed but not to joists. Solid and flat. 1/8" gaps. No overlapping seams. Seams taped with cbu tape and thinset.
Instaled Mohawk trapani charcoal 12 x12 color body porcelain in brick pattern. Spectralock Pro Platinum grout. Results :yipee: thanks to all the info here.

Walls, celing and tub surround all clad in 5/8" on celing and 1/2" of DenShield Tilebacker. Ceiling finished with multiple coats of skimcoats of drymix. Level 5. Primed w/zinzer and finished with Sherman Bath paint.

Enter the 3/4" mesh backed sheets of Hakatai glass mosaic tiles. Hence the denshield to avoid the conflict with the modified / unmodified saga with the kerdi thing and glass. Yes I have been studying.

Made a couple of small tests using Hydroment Ultra premium reflex and Latacrete Platinum 254. After 24hrs over DensShield both performed well. Took a great deal of force to pry up a tile, glass tile broke and or tore the substrate to shreds before total destruction. Latacrete seems smoother less grainy, gritty sandy then the Hydroment. So I went with the 254 white.

And now the humbling task of installing the meshbacked sheets. I selected the toilet corner as a starting point figuring that by the time I'm done I might be just getting good at it to some extent.

OK so now I face my niche questions. I have a Knoble niche, read the instructions - bracing support, silicone joints (don't use noblesealant 150 as it's incompatable with niche material) and cbu tape or cover seams with nobleseal ts.

Question - is there any reason to cover the entire insides of the niche with nobleseal ts or is it waterproof as is. And should I just thinset and install tiles directly over the Noble coated foam. What is the standard process with the noble niche ?
Thanks

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Crater
02-27-2008, 03:59 AM
Here are some pichers.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b134/overtime2/MasterBathMosaics1.jpg
3/4" Hakatai mesh backed glass tiles. Color match Spectralock grout will be used.


http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b134/overtime2/MaserBathMosaics2.jpg
Knee wall

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b134/overtime2/MasterBathMosaics3.jpg
Electric boxes, Cuts made with wet glass grinder

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b134/overtime2/MasterBathMosaics4.jpg
Toilet location. Still undecided on Base board or tile to tile transition at floor. Hence the unfinished tile at the bottom. I think I'll go with all tile and no base board.

Crater
02-27-2008, 04:11 AM
And some more

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b134/overtime2/MaserBathMosaics5.jpg
Tub wall DenShield with silicone on seams and screw heads in wet area per manufactures specs. Tub skirt to get same blue tile.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b134/overtime2/MaserBathMosaics6.jpg
Vanity wall

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b134/overtime2/MaserBathMosaics7.jpg
Gryphon Glass Grinder

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b134/overtime2/MaserBathMosaics8.jpg
PLS 180 self leveling laser for grid pattern

tileguytodd
02-27-2008, 04:49 AM
From what I can see it lookslike your doing a fine job Patrick........Ya know, if you woulda membraned everything and put in a pitched to center floor drain & a built in 3 HP Power washer you coulda had a Tim Taylor " More Power" MANS Bathroom and just Power washed it once a week. :lol1:

I am unfamiliar with Nobles Niches as I always Build my own so will leave that to those who are. You can always PM e3 (eric) From noble.He is a member here and can answer any questions you may have RE: Noble Products.

Cant wait to see the finished job!!! :tup1:

Crater
02-27-2008, 10:52 PM
Thanks Todd,

3 hp, that woulda fit real nice behind the tub skirt and the exhaust run out the wall - access panel for gas, hot water for steam. hmm. Might blow the fixtures apart but all them little tiles are stayin put ! :nod:

Well at least I didn't use mastic over greenboard :cry:

Alot more tiles to go ! So many tiles -so many grout lines. :uhh: