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Unread 09-25-2007, 03:57 PM   #1
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Master Bath done - Thanks

It all started with this thread:

http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/...ad.php?t=51907

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Unread 09-25-2007, 04:01 PM   #2
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I ended up tearing out much more of the floor than I planned on, but not all. Went with 5/8 OSB and 3/8 ply - oriented the correct way as was explained to me.

I couldn't have done it without y'all. Thanks
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Good Work

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Good work. Your bathroom looks real nice and doesn't it feel real good that you did it yourself.
Thanks for posting up some pictures.
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Unread 09-25-2007, 07:55 PM   #4
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Mike, how could you part with that snazzy brown toidy?

What a difference. Love the niche. Thanks for sharing the pitchers!
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Unread 09-25-2007, 07:58 PM   #5
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Mike,

I bet you are glad you are done. Nice work.
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Unread 09-25-2007, 09:00 PM   #6
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Mike,

I can't believe it! The last post in the referenced thread was #11 from me saying "A sawzall can work as well." and that was regarding cutting up the subfloor. From that to this finished bath without any more questions...that's awesome! Nice work.

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Unread 09-25-2007, 09:10 PM   #7
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Congrats, Mike.
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Unread 09-25-2007, 09:39 PM   #8
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Thanks for all of the positive feedback. Both my critic, loving wife, color picker and occasional helper (that's not straight, I know I said the soap dish was Ok, but can't you chisel it out and we' ll get a new one? (we Kemosobe did) really love it. I'm now taking showers two times a day.

Marge - the brown terlet was really the same beautiful avacodo as the tile - I'm a poor photographer (maybe the camera is bad?).

Brian - I used the search function to resolve most of my other issues. You were very helpful though.

Things I've learned from this project:

Ditra needs to be 80+ solid. I laid all but the last sheet and there were no problems. As I was seting the tile I noticed suction in that area. Sure enough, the grout cracked a few days later. I don't know if the thinset was mixed differently or what. I now have a grout cutter in my tool collection. Cut a new tile and ditra. If you get suction on the ditra stop and redo.

CB is not as difficult to work with as I thought - at least on walls.

I admire the pros that can do a niche in 4 hours. I don't know how long it took me but it was worth the effort. No bending over for shampoo or soap (No I've never been in prison.)

How do you keep things level horizontally, vertically and flat at the same time? I came pretty close. Buy a 4 foot level!

Those one inch tiles are tough to grout.

Caulking is a Bit**. The worst part of the project.

Time for a JD.
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Unread 09-25-2007, 10:03 PM   #9
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What do you mean by suction with the Ditra? Do you mean that when you laid the tile, the Ditra was not bonded to the floor?
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Hey Mike, nice job!

I think Marge was referring to the color INSIDE the toilet.

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Unread 09-25-2007, 10:50 PM   #11
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Buckster - Yes.


River-wear - The maid hasn't been in for the last 20 years. Do you have a problem with brown?

JTG - A compliment from a professional makes me feel great!

Getting it done and having done it myself are like reloadinmg ammunition, shooting it and staying alive. George the 78+ plumber did the tub and toilet with a little help from me.
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