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dwzemens 02-03-2004 03:46 PM

Photos of my journey ...
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Here are a couple of photos. As you can see, this is a *small* bathroom! :o

dwzemens 02-03-2004 03:48 PM

Photo #2
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dwzemens 02-03-2004 03:49 PM

and, #3 ...
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opiethetileman 02-03-2004 04:28 PM

What is that on the walls??? Can you tile directly over that??? What about water damage in the future??? What is behind it sheet rock??

David Taylor 02-03-2004 04:41 PM

Opie, my friend, that is Kerdi :)

That's the way to do it, right over drywall. The water wall looks like it has Hardi on it, but it too can be drywall.

Here's a link so that you can get up to speed:


Nice work so far, Dave. :)

opiethetileman 02-03-2004 04:44 PM

Is it cheaper that route or CBU cheaper?? never tried Kerdi before maybe I need to get out more.

David Taylor 02-03-2004 04:54 PM

When frustration, pickup of CBU, carrying it into the house, etc. is considered, Kerdi is much cheaper. It is the vapor barrier, so you won't need one behind the wall.

In the Kerdi system, the mud bed or walls never get wet.... and it comes with a square drain that's adjustable up until the time you put the tile around it.

dwzemens 02-03-2004 04:55 PM

It is a more expensive route, material wise, but probably cheaper when labor is taken into account. You sure can tile over it, and it is a "tenacious animal", as John Bridge told me a month or so ago. The end result is a waterproof shower, including the mortar bed floor. It is a German product, give it a look and see what you think. Schluter Kerdi.

Got the drain strainer today. Ringraziarlo molto!
I think I need a bit more Kerdi band, so look for another order coming your way.

I finally got the hang of the Kerdi when I was finishing my last wall!!

opiethetileman 02-03-2004 05:33 PM

Makes me want to go home and build a shower in the garage just to see how it works. The shower in there now is for the wet saw maybe I need a kerdi shower for me and the dogs to use.

dwzemens 02-03-2004 05:38 PM

It is a pretty neat product. You have to think a bit outside the box to use it, although it is certainly not new.

I owe most of my knowledge about it to David Taylor of

David has been most helpful, as well as being a supplier for the Kerdi product line. Great service, great assistance, great guy.

opiethetileman 02-03-2004 05:45 PM

looks like wallpapering a shower. So you just smack them tiles up there and off you go huh. Wow I guess it is worth the extra $$. but what is the going rtae to install it or do you just include it in the grand total of the job.

house_vixen 02-03-2004 08:38 PM

Dave Z--

Looking good; I'm envious of the bench! Can you tell me the size of the stall?

Signed, co-owner of two small baths that both need updating (at least IMO, lol)

dwzemens 02-07-2004 07:15 PM

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Here is a photo of the completed Kerdi walls and the installation of some trim tiles. I probably goofed by doing the trim first, but I wanted to insure that the trim ran correctly between the two niches, and I was afraid if I worked up to the niches from the floor I might be out of alignment when I got to them.

dwzemens 02-07-2004 07:16 PM

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This photo shows a bit better how the trim tiles run between the niches.

dwzemens 02-07-2004 07:18 PM

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This photo shows me double checking the level of the trim on the adjacent walls.

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