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Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-19-2020, 02:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 91
Posted By Lou_MA
Adding plywood over not-so-pristine subfloor

Took up some sheet flooring and am back down to 5/8” plywood subfloor. Was going to add a layer of 3/8” ply, but the subfloor is gouged in some areas through the top layer of ply.

Do I need to...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-11-2020, 06:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 350
Posted By Lou_MA
Looks good. Tap around on the exposed Kerdi...

Looks good. Tap around on the exposed Kerdi before re-tiling it, just to make sure it’s still well adhered.
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 02-07-2020, 09:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 295
Posted By Lou_MA
The floor tile does go under the wall tile, but...

The floor tile does go under the wall tile, but in some cases (due to floor tile layout for example, where I want to end on whole tiles) it’s just barely covered once the bottom row of wall tile is...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 02-07-2020, 06:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 295
Posted By Lou_MA
Silicone caulking best practices

I didn’t see this addressed in Paul’s old silicone caulking tutorial.

1. Is backer rod acceptable to use in showers? Or will it get moldy over time with moisture that may get behind tiles,...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-02-2020, 08:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 506
Posted By Lou_MA
Ryan - just a thought. In the Laticrete shower...

Ryan - just a thought. In the Laticrete shower system when the sheet membrane is used, the drain flange is painted with Hydroban, and the sheet membrane is thinsetted to the Hydroban for a...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-02-2020, 01:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 506
Posted By Lou_MA
I’d be reluctant to add any more Hydroban given...

I’d be reluctant to add any more Hydroban given that you’ve already applied 4-5 coats, well above the recommended 2 coats. More isn’t always better, and too much thickness can make it more prone to...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 01-29-2020, 09:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 195
Posted By Lou_MA
Floor doesn’t need to be level, just flat. ...

Floor doesn’t need to be level, just flat.

Grout joint width will be in part determined by consistency of tile size.
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-26-2020, 05:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 150
Posted By Lou_MA
Yes

Yes
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-24-2020, 06:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,009
Posted By Lou_MA
You said in earlier post that floor can’t be...

You said in earlier post that floor can’t be leveled. Are you actually pouring an SLC or are you using a thicker trowel-applied patching compound?
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-16-2020, 07:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 213
Posted By Lou_MA
When you say “glued” down the hardibacker, did...

When you say “glued” down the hardibacker, did you actually use glue? It should have been fully bedded in a notched coat of thinset.
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-11-2020, 11:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 295
Posted By Lou_MA
Thanks guys. I misspoke, it’s a top load washer,...

Thanks guys. I misspoke, it’s a top load washer, not front load. Don’t know if that makes a difference

Bubba - Thinset is Laticrete tri-lite.

Davy and Jim - what amount of time would you be...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-11-2020, 12:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 295
Posted By Lou_MA
How long to wait - washing machine and new tile floor

12” x 24” porcelain, set with modified over Hydroban, over slab. Any thoughts how long to wait before front load washing machine and dryer can be moved back on it and put back in service?
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-09-2020, 07:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 378
Posted By Lou_MA
How big of an area are you working at one time? ...

How big of an area are you working at one time?

You’ve got an extremely thirsty substrate as well as tile. I wouldn’t be surprised if one or both surfaces are skinning over before you’re able to...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 01-02-2020, 02:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,209
Posted By Lou_MA
Jim - I’m curious as to the details. I thought...

Jim - I’m curious as to the details. I thought bond strength would be a fairly linear increase (or at the least, constantly increasing value) over time. I wouldn’t have expected it to hit a peak,...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 12-30-2019, 07:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 298
Posted By Lou_MA
Also google “chemical smell in basement”. Some...

Also google “chemical smell in basement”. Some of the results may provide some tips.
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 12-25-2019, 04:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,068
Posted By Lou_MA
Jim - I think it was originally expanded foam but...

Jim - I think it was originally expanded foam but then changed. The current board is much stiffer and according to online Laticrete docs “...made with a high-density, waterproof extruded polystyrene...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 12-24-2019, 09:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,068
Posted By Lou_MA
Best of luck Paul. Couple questions... ...

Best of luck Paul. Couple questions...



What about this info direct from Laticrete on Hydroban board “Advanced waterproof extruded polystyrene core” - ??
...
Forum: The Mud Box 12-22-2019, 05:35 PM
Replies: 531
Views: 45,687
Posted By Lou_MA
Any financial “expert” that claims to know where...

Any financial “expert” that claims to know where the overall market, general economy, or an individual stock is headed.
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 12-19-2019, 09:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,209
Posted By Lou_MA
Fred - in light of your post, how can thinsets...

Fred - in light of your post, how can thinsets bond to porcelain tiles where the absorption rate can be half of one percent or less?
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 12-19-2019, 09:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,209
Posted By Lou_MA
I’ve had the opposite experience, especially with...

I’ve had the opposite experience, especially with large format glass tile with painted backs.

They appear to be well bonded, and checking while setting with a high quality glass thinset reveals...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 12-18-2019, 08:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,748
Posted By Lou_MA
I agree that CI doesn’t seem to be the right...

I agree that CI doesn’t seem to be the right product. Some liquid membranes like Laticrete Hydroban are both crack isolation and waterproofing. That doesn’t look to be the case with the product...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 12-14-2019, 03:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 274
Posted By Lou_MA
Schluter sells an adapter drain kit that will...

Schluter sells an adapter drain kit that will fit. Or just cut it off completely and glue on the regular Kerdi drain.
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 12-01-2019, 06:38 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,440
Posted By Lou_MA
How long is that wall with the niche? If it’s...

How long is that wall with the niche? If it’s not a huge number of tiles, you could try removing the top row of tiles, ripping off an 1/8” and hitting that cut edge with a diamond sanding block.
...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 11-26-2019, 05:04 PM
Replies: 21,738
Views: 4,419,430
Posted By Lou_MA
Jerry - I’m blown away, that is some impressive,...

Jerry - I’m blown away, that is some impressive, impressive work
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 11-24-2019, 03:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,105
Posted By Lou_MA
No need to let the the water soak in. Combine...

No need to let the the water soak in. Combine the water and 4:1, mix it immediately, and use it.

For consistency, you should be able to make a snowball. If it doesn’t stay together, the mix is...
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