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Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 04-14-2019, 10:20 PM
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Posted By otrex
This project is not quite finished. Have to...

This project is not quite finished. Have to connect the vanity plumbing, put up the towel bar etc, but we're largely complete at this point.

Just wanted to send a message of thanks for everyone...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 04-12-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
Thanks, makethatkerdistick, that's exactly the...

Thanks, makethatkerdistick, that's exactly the look we were going for! Very glad to have used Spectralock now that I see the force with which that showerhead pounds the water onto the floor. I...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 04-11-2019, 03:58 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
Okay, the low-iron glass is now installed, and...

Okay, the low-iron glass is now installed, and because it doesn't have a green tinge to it, it helps to keep the green tile behind looking like the green we selected in the first place. I also am...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 04-09-2019, 01:27 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
Hi Mike, The drain is actually in the...

Hi Mike,

The drain is actually in the picture, but it's a tileable cover, so it's very difficult to see (by design).

The beadboard is not wood. As I noted above, it's pure PVC. This is so it...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 04-08-2019, 11:34 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
Project Update: Grouting is complete and,...

Project Update:

Grouting is complete and, overall, I am pleased with the performance of Spectralock. Certainly a bit of a pain on walls/ceiling, but the finished product looks great and feels...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-29-2019, 11:03 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
Excellent advice, thank you. A test hole in...

Excellent advice, thank you. A test hole in scrap tile is a fine idea.

There is actually two types of drywall plug supplied. One type, for the shower panel, is the most aggressive type of...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-28-2019, 06:43 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
The strange part is that the manufacturer...

The strange part is that the manufacturer supplied big drywall-type plugs for the installation and there is definitely no blocking installed - just kerdi board (0.5") and tile with Spectralock grout....
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-28-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
Okay, the grouting work is complete and it looks...

Okay, the grouting work is complete and it looks pretty good! I'll have a picture soon.


Now I am getting ready to install my shower panel. It's about 45lbs, and the instructions show that I...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-25-2019, 07:06 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
Laticrete coverage here in Canada is minimal, so...

Laticrete coverage here in Canada is minimal, so the only way to get more packets is to order more Full A+B sets. I'll make the homemade version you suggest, and thank you for that!
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-25-2019, 05:15 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
After dividing the Full Size of Spectralock Pro...

After dividing the Full Size of Spectralock Pro Premium up into 2 Minis for the floor (40sqft, 6" x 36" tile, 1/8" gap, 10mm deep) and 2 minis for the wall (74sqft, 3" x 6" bevelled subway tile,...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-23-2019, 06:47 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
Thanks for the excellent tips! I actually...

Thanks for the excellent tips!

I actually found that correcting low spots in tight corners was easiest with my gloved hands. I was able to mush the Spectralock in quite well, especially towards...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-23-2019, 03:14 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
Grouting of the floor is complete. Overall,...

Grouting of the floor is complete.

Overall, it looks pretty good. I did 2 minis in one pass, noting that by the end I was glad to have the break because it felt like I was pulling the float with...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-23-2019, 10:24 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
I just wanted to mention that the modified...

I just wanted to mention that the modified vinegar solution did, in fact, get the tiles 99%+ free of haze, and so I have moved along to the next steps of masking of the installed baseboard around the...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-22-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
Hey, I think I'm onto something for this thinset...

Hey, I think I'm onto something for this thinset haze.

After failing the first time with vinegar, I adjusted my technique. This time around I put a good amount of vinegar onto the porcelain tile...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-22-2019, 09:42 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
Late last night I applied pure vinegar to the...

Late last night I applied pure vinegar to the thinset marks. Unfortunately it seems only to have had minimal effect. This thinset is somewhere between 4 and 7 days old at this point.

I've...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-21-2019, 10:39 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
Unfortunately this thinset is 5 or 6 days old. I...

Unfortunately this thinset is 5 or 6 days old. I offered to clean it up on day 1 but the tiler asked me not to worry about it. So, now I have really tough mortar. One of the last things he told me...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-21-2019, 11:55 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
Is it okay to use a grout release before working...

Is it okay to use a grout release before working with Spectralock? I still have some thinset haze on the floor which is not coming off with soap and water, so as long as that isn't a problem right...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-20-2019, 10:07 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
Excellent, thanks guys! Appreciate the support...

Excellent, thanks guys! Appreciate the support team helping to make this chore a bit easier. I am sure I'll re-read your answers a couple more times, and probably have a few/lot more questions...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-20-2019, 04:12 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
The tiler started threatening me personally and...

The tiler started threatening me personally and so he made it academic: He is fired. His main point, unbelievably, is that I seem to have so much knowledge about tile that I should have stopped him...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-20-2019, 01:26 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
Ooh, a plot twist. The tiler waited until 3pm to...

Ooh, a plot twist. The tiler waited until 3pm to tell me via text that some of the work he was supposed to do was actually something that I agreed to do (cut tile for toilet, remove spacers etc). I...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-20-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
Yes, I have a digital scale for this purpose. ...

Yes, I have a digital scale for this purpose.

I shouldn't claim this as my own unique idea - I think it was on these forums where I found the suggestion to split ingredients up by weight and then...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-20-2019, 11:20 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
Thanks to both of you for your replies. Today is...

Thanks to both of you for your replies. Today is D-Day for the final argument with this fellow. I just cannot let him grout no matter what - he's going to make a bad problem worse when he...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-19-2019, 11:09 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
Grouting Questions

I have a couple pressing questions about grouting that I need to ask, as the tiler is back tomorrow to grout.

Just for context, we are going to be using Spectralock Pro Premium Grout.

i) Tiler...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-19-2019, 04:32 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
This tiler is not a very good tiler. I am noting...

This tiler is not a very good tiler. I am noting poor mortar coverage on a lot of tiles and allowing the mortar to sit in the pail for much longer than the pot time would allow. Doing my best to...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-16-2019, 08:38 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,000
Posted By otrex
A quick question about movement joints for tile. ...

A quick question about movement joints for tile.

As per the above posts, I do notice that the movement joints in this tiled floor are a little tight. Worse, I see that some of them contain excess...
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