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Unread 07-26-2021, 09:46 PM   #16
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Thanks CX I love how friendly this forum is. Coming from a BMW forum its a nice surprise.
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Unread 07-26-2021, 09:50 PM   #17
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Advertised as the world's friendliest tile advice forum, Dustin, and we do try to live up to that.
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Unread 08-09-2021, 10:18 PM   #18
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Thanks again here is where I am at so far!
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Unread 08-09-2021, 10:22 PM   #19
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First time doing a shower reno with Kerdi how did I do so far?

Basically as the title says. How did I do are there any problems with what i've done so far based on my image? The surface is definitely uneven after all of the Kerdi band how hard will it be to tile this?

Any tiling advice for how this looks?
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Unread 08-10-2021, 10:25 AM   #20
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Looks pretty good from here.

What size tile are you installing? If it’s say 12” x 24” and you’re using a 1/2” trowel, it should swallow any minor unevenness while still providing the required thinset coverage. You’ll want to pull a tile every now and then to verify, that’s good practice anyways.
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Unread 08-10-2021, 03:06 PM   #21
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Thanks Lou,

I've got 4x16 tile and the SCHLUTER KERDI TROWEL - 1/8in x 1/8 in Square Notch.

How should I approach this if I want to use that tile, or should I get a bigger tile?
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Unread 08-10-2021, 05:24 PM   #22
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Kerdi trowel is way too small for that size tile.

I’d use at least a 1/4” notch, and that’s if the backs of the tile are flat, not cupped.

I’ll get flak for saying this but I’d get a straight edge long enough to ride off the high spots. Ideally spanning the entire width or height of each wall. Check how out-of-flat things are. If less then 1/4”, I’d burn a coat of thinset into the Kerdi that’s up, trowel on some more, then pull the straight edge to screed things off and make them flat.

Thinset isn’t made for flattening substrates but the main cement-based product I use for that purpose isn’t supposed to be used over waterproofing membranes. So I’m picking what I see as lesser of two evils.
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The backsides are flat but do have little indentations on them so I'll back butter for full coverage. I certainly don't have more than a 1/4 deviation anywhere. You said "At least a 1/4 in trowel" Ill go buy whatever size trowel you recommend for that tile format so what would be an ideal size?

In terms of screeding I have more questions. Is it common practice? Do people who set up their shower like I did here use larger format tiles so they dont have to screed? Why isn't that something I have heard of needing to do?
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For those size tiles, Dustin, I'd find a 3/8" notched trowel. You can adjust the angle of it to apply a little more or a little less mortar.
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Mapei Aquadefense to place floor tile?

I've got a single row of decorative floor tile I want to put next to the tub. Is it okay to put a layer of Mapei aquadefense on top of the base board and then tile over it?
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Dustin, please keep all your project questions on one this thread so folks can see what you're working on and what's been previously asked and answered.

I see where you apparently want to put your tiles, but I don't understand the part about the baseboard.
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I'm sorry! The sub floor not the base board.

Can I put mapei aquadefense ontop of subfloor and then lay tile on top of that as a water mitigation solution next to the tub? Just to protect against any light splashing or water that runs down the tub.
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What is the tiling substrate you have there? Is your existing tile bonded directly to the subfloor?
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Unread 08-14-2021, 03:22 PM   #30
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it was just cement board but it came up with the tile so now its just sub floor.
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