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Unread 12-01-2008, 08:46 PM   #46
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once you set the grate/collar & lat ring collar in the thinset, you need
to push the thinset under the grate and then once hard like Brian said it will lock it in.

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Unread 12-01-2008, 08:52 PM   #47
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Thanks for the tips
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Unread 12-02-2008, 12:38 AM   #48
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Vince,

I used Spectralock grout and I grouted all changes of plane. A year and a half later and it is still free of cracks. I say go forth and grout it.

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Unread 12-26-2008, 02:40 PM   #49
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Brian- I have heard that since epoxy grout is harder than cement gout, it is more likely to crack in the change of plane...

I read that JB just grouts all those seams, but I am no JB

Does this have anything to do with the Kerdi being underneath, meaning, does it act like an isolation membrane in the change of plane??

'Cause I would love to grout without using silicon, and am grasping for a solid reason to decide this....

Thanks!!!
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Unread 12-27-2008, 12:41 PM   #50
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Supergirl,

There were warnings about Spectralock being so strong that tile would break before the grout would crack. Even though I live in an area that can get shaky once in awhile I decided to grout everything and take my chances. I am glad I decided to go that route. I like the way the grout looks and haven't had any problems.

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I have a new question. The tiling is all done, but now we have to have the glass installed.

Because of the way things are set up, the door is going to have to hinge off of a 5" wide glass panel at the wall. That 5" panel will be supported by a header bar, and a U-Channel secured to the curb.

The issue is: the curb is Kerdi foam curb. I presume that since the weight of the glass door will be transferred to the fixed panel, that U-Channel needs to be firmly attached to the curb. Can anyone suggest a good way to attach the U-channel? Remember, there's no wood to screw it into.

Would an adhesive like PL be sufficient?

The only other idea I can think of is to drill a hole all the way from the top of the curb right down through to the subfloor and use a LONG threaded rod secured from the basement with a washer and nut.
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Unread 02-09-2009, 11:58 AM   #52
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double face tape and silicone the uchannel, youll be suprised at how strong it will be. Id screw the top chanel into the lid and id also have a uchanel running verticaly on the panel wall. I would also install the uchanells in the same fashion on the buttress panels so you dont go through your kerdi. This is how the glaziers do it and its strong.
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Unread 02-09-2009, 12:28 PM   #53
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Jeremy - thank you for the response. I have a question concerning one of the terms you mentioned.

What is the "lid"?
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Unread 02-09-2009, 07:15 PM   #54
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What is your curb topper? tile? stone slab?

I called Schluter with this very question as I plan on using the foam curb as well, and had concerns about screwing into Kerdi on top of the curb!

In the case I discussed with Peter up in Plattsburg, the foam with a distributed weight will be fine on the foam curb, in terms of screwing into the Kerdi, I will have a marble curb that will be cemented to the curb top, and I will backfill the holes with Kerdi Fix (although I will have 1 1/4" thick piece as I understand the screws they use are 3/4" to avoid any possible puncture problem- but that is just 'cause I am paranoid!!) And of course the curb is cemented to the subfloor.

So, you are not necessarily screwing into the foam curb as a means to secure it.

I recommend that you touch base with Schluter to confirm your construction and that it will support your particular situation.
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Unread 02-09-2009, 07:25 PM   #55
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I just thought I'd post some pictures (before the glass has been installed)
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Unread 02-10-2009, 10:03 PM   #57
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vince, thats looks great. good job man.
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Unread 02-10-2009, 10:06 PM   #58
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more photos (please excuse the cat)
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Unread 02-10-2009, 11:20 PM   #59
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Vince,

Congratulations, my friend! You have done a superb job of planning and execution. It looks great!

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That looks really nice!
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