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H20Man 10-10-2005 05:18 PM

H20Man's Kerdi shower project
Where can I buy this stuff? Sounds great, but I haven't seen a mention of where one can buy it.


muskymike 10-10-2005 05:23 PM

Hi there, welcome. Do you have a first name we can go by? You can get the stuff here. The guys there will take care of what you need.

Scooter 10-10-2005 05:23 PM

Dal Tile

sandbagger 10-10-2005 05:37 PM

another vote for Tile-Experts. Best prices and service and I shopped a lot. That includes local Dal. :yeah:

Paid a visit to the Dal store listed by Schluter and couldn't get the time of day. There was no one in the showroom and I'm sure they were busy with things. But in the 20 minutes I stood there I didn't even get so much as "hello" from several people who walked by. Finally I walked out. :mad:

I remember reading Iacocca's book several years ago where he said that every time you pissed off a customer they would just leave and not tell you. But on average a pissed off customer would tell 10 friends or associates. Well, that was before the Internet. :tongue:

H20Man 10-26-2005 04:10 PM

What type of tile is best for kerdi shower?

I am starting on a Kerdi shower and have a question about tile types. Is there a certain type of tile that works better than others in a shower (ie, porcelin vs ceramic vs stone, etc). I want one that looks good, but with an emphasis on durability and function (won't crack or absorb water).

What type should I go with?


John Bridge 10-26-2005 05:06 PM

Hi H2, I answered your other thread, too. You'll need to keep everything in one thread so we can keep up with you. :) Pick one and stick with it.

Any tile can be used in a Kerdi shower. I tell people to choose something that is easily wiped off.

Please give us a first name. :)

H20Man 10-27-2005 08:28 AM

Hi John,

The name is Rick. And thanks for the reply. I have your Kerdi Shower e-book and Tile Your World and both are great!

So, does it not matter about the water absorption rating of a tile at all for use in a shower? I thought you would want to use one with a low WA rating. Is that not the case?

Thanks again!


John Bridge 10-28-2005 04:53 AM

The tiles that have been used in American and Canadian showers since the inception of inside plumbing in North America-- 4-1/2 in. glazed ceramic tiles, also called "wall tiles" -- have an average absorbtion rate of 15%. Some go higher than 20%. They've worked well.

Of course porcelain tiles, with an absorbtion rate of less than .5% are going to be a bit easier to care for (if they are smooth on their face), but what I said stands. Anything that can be cleaned easily works well in a shower.

This is especially true in a Kerdi shower where water never has a chance to penetrate the substrate. In the 12 to 24 hour period between uses, the shower has more than enough time to dry completely, denying mold an opportunity to take root. If you wipe the shower down and provide ventilation, it will dry in an hour. ;)

H20Man 10-28-2005 12:40 PM

Thanks, John! You rule! :bow:


John Bridge 10-29-2005 04:59 PM

Well, if I sound like a commercial announcer for Kerdi shower products, I AM. :D

I'm very sold on the system.

H20Man 11-01-2005 09:31 AM

Are joint movement control joints necessary?
Ok, I'm doing my first tile shower install and have a question...

Is it necessary to put some sort of movement control joins (like Schluter's Dilex) at the joints between the floor and walls and between each wall of a tile shower ? The floor will be a mud floor and the walls are drywall. Kerdi is used on floor and walls. The house has a concrete subfloor. Just wondering that if such joints are not used if there will be grout cracking problems down the road at the joints?



H20Man 11-01-2005 10:05 AM

Mudding new drywall to existing (painted) drywall... will this work?

If you have one sheet of drywall that is painted and another that is new, can you tape/mud them together and then repaint it all and have the finished product look good? Or do you have to sand the paint off the existing piece first?

I removed a fiberglass shower stall to install a tile one and so I have to put drwall back where the fiberglass stall was and connect it to the drywall above it.



jdkimes 11-01-2005 11:51 AM

I think that continuing on with gypsum board wall where the old one ends is fine. You should put some primer on the old painted wall before you mud and tape the new seam so the mud can stick to it. Mud doesn't stick to paint too well but it sticks pretty well to primer.

bbcamp 11-01-2005 01:55 PM

There will be grout cracking problems down the road. Caulk those joints with a color matched caulk.

H20Man 11-01-2005 10:51 PM

So caulking is the standard practice on the joints? Does anyone use something like schluter's dilex? Or is that overkill?

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