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Unread 02-25-2007, 08:10 AM   #31
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What about using Spectralock grout with the Kerdi system? Any pros/cons to that?
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Unread 02-25-2007, 12:27 PM   #32
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Versa Bond works, and it won't soften when it gets wet, as some modified thin sets are prone to do.

For straight sided benches I now cover them with sheetrock. I would still do radius seats over the plywood, though. Too much of a pain to try to bend the sheetrock that tight.
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Unread 03-09-2007, 09:13 PM   #33
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After doing three Kerdi showers in the last week and a half. I have finally come to the conclusion that schluter needs to make it peel and stick. Too much troweling.

Prime, peel and stick would be awesome.
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Unread 03-10-2007, 01:59 AM   #34
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i must admit thae 255 dries/skins over way too quixk
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Unread 03-10-2007, 02:03 AM   #35
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interesting discussion about the Bucket Trowel, haven't seen one in a long time. Used to be able to get them. They were different than a cut down brick trowel which I have tried. There was more width to the blade. The beauty was that it allowed you to scrape the bottom of the bucket of almost all the mortar without buttering the back of your knuckles. I've got out of the habit of using one but I used to use it a lot for parging.
That's what I like about this forum, it reminds me of what I've forgotten, I think anyway.
And, no, I can never make the Kerdi flat so we often skim coat over it, is that wrong?
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Unread 03-12-2007, 01:51 PM   #36
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I found hanging Kerdi to be exactly like hanging wallpaper. In fact I used a plastic wallpaper tool called a WalWiz (pic below) instead of a trowel or drywall knife to install the Kerdi.

This tool has no sharp edges which allowed me to really bear down on the Kerdi and squeeze out as much thinset as possible. I used Versabond and mixed it loose. The Kerdi fleece was well penetrated, no air bubbles, the seams felt/looked as tight as possible. Being a newbie with Kerdi I waited a few days to tile, and at that time the Kerdi wasn't going anywhere.

I'm not a pro, I've done 1 Kerdi job, so keep that in mind. I'm not teaching, just sharing.
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Unread 03-12-2007, 05:14 PM   #37
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Sure ya are (whether you want to or not!)!! Nothin to be ashamed of!!

Cool trick!!
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I don't see anything wrong with skimming over the Kerdi to flatten the plane a little. I don't worry about it, though. I spot the tiles up just like stone. My showers come out plumb whether the walls are straight or not.
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Unread 03-13-2007, 09:09 PM   #39
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I am not sure where I got the idea from, but I carry an old Windex bottle filled with water and wet down the drywall before I trowel on the thinset. I also wet down the outside of the Kerdi to lubricate my trowel. I haven't had any lumps since I started doing this.
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Unread 04-01-2007, 05:35 AM   #40
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JB,

What about doing a one coat mud job and putting Kerdi over that?

1. To avoid creating a sandwich. Do you leave off the first layer of poly or felt?
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Unread 04-01-2007, 07:16 PM   #41
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Unread 04-01-2007, 07:27 PM   #42
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PEEL & STICK!! PEEL & STICK!!! Come on, JB, use your influence!!! I'm not a wallpaper guy!!

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Scott, you're sounding a lot like a linoleum layer.
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Unread 04-04-2007, 03:07 PM   #44
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OUCH, John!!! That's below the tool belt!!
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Unread 04-04-2007, 04:10 PM   #45
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Scott, you saw my big smilie. It's not like I called you a carpet layer or anything that bad.

John, missed your question about mud. Peter N. and I had that conversation several years ago. We both agreed then it would be the best shower ever built. We also agreed that hardly anyone would want to pay for it.

Yes, I would omit the first moisture barrier.
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