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Unread 06-18-2021, 10:55 AM   #136
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1. Are you talking about vee-notch or square-notch trowels?

2. Yes.
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Unread 06-18-2021, 11:39 AM   #137
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Sorry, thought it was clearer in my post. The 3/16 x 1/4 is a v-notch and the 1/4 x1/4 is a square notch.
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Unread 06-18-2021, 12:27 PM   #138
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I'd use a 1/4" square notch on those because of the length of the tile.

The other is up to you. With a ledger board that is level all the way around, you could do an entire wall if you want, then move to the next one. Here's the only potential issue: if your tile aren't dead-on the same size, you could have a problem with the joints not lining up in the corners.

I would probably do 5-6 rows at a time, working my way around the enclosure. It'll give you time to make slight adjustments before the mortar sets up.
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Unread 06-18-2021, 01:23 PM   #139
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I'd likely start with the 1/4" square notch as well and see if it was providing the necessary 95 percent coverage without to much squeeze-out in the joints, then adjust the trowel or mortar or technique as necessary. The lack of squeeze-out is optional; the coverage is mandatory.

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Unread 06-20-2021, 08:16 AM   #140
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Is it a bad idea to mix spacer brands? Are all 1/8 spacers going to be the same size?

I ask because I was going to try regular spacers on my subway tiles but switch to spin doctor if they weren't leveling well.

Also have two styles of regular spacers. Some left over from a different project and couldn't find the same ones.
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Unread 06-20-2021, 08:34 AM   #141
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Sometimes. No.

If you are using hard plastic spacers, simply measure them to determine their size. If you are using soft plastic spacers, stop doing that.

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Unread 07-16-2021, 03:52 PM   #142
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Tiling is coming along, slowly but it's coming. The small niche took me forever. It's not perfect but white grout will hide the imperfections.

I've got one more row to do before I stop behind the toilet. I'm going all the way to the ceiling in the shower and have now decided to wrap around the tub at the toilet height and paint above.

1. I'm thinking the best way to make sure I keep my pattern as I continue up in the shower is to draw a line at the center of one of the tiles in the shower and start from there? I started my original patter behind the toilet.

2. The tile in the second picture is handmade and going in the tub niche. The top and bottom of the niche will be above and below and stacked stone left and right. What the best order for installing it since regular spacers won't hold the center and top pieces in place?

4. I'm using white aluminum schulter trim. It will go on the inside of the small niche. Any tips? I've read most prefer mitering it.

5. Is it better to install on the inside or outside of my other niches since I can still do either way on those?
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A bump on this one. Maybe some clarification on my questions will help.

1. Got this covered now .

2. My biggest concern is the pieces sagging before the thinset dries. When dealing with odd shaped and uneven joints how do y'all support the tiles so they stay where you put them until the thinset sets?

5. Which is better/ easier or does it matter?
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Unread 07-18-2021, 02:04 PM   #144
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2. Usually some wedge-shaped spacers or a combination of fixed-size spacers, or some combination of both will keep those odd shaped tiles in place on the wall. Doesn't even hafta be any sort of tile product, just something the correct size and shape that will hold them. Some masking tape on the face of the tiles is also helpful at tiles. You just do whatever it takes.

5. Still don't understand the question.

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Unread 07-20-2021, 06:38 PM   #145
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1. Tiling layout question.

To avoid slivers at the window I have decided to "frame" it with my tile. I can't miter the frame without slivers as well nor can I get all full size tiles. So is A. or B. Preferred? I'm leaning towards A. On the horizontal runs the cut tile would be nearly full size.

Picture is not to scale. On the vertical runs the cut tiles will be about 2/3 of a full tile. The same pattern would be use on the window sill and around the " inside as well"

2. Can filled ditra take light foot traffic? In order to finish my bathroom by my goal of labor day weekend I may need to install ditra one weekend and floor tile the next. But would have the glass guys in for measurements that week in between.
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1. I prefer A with the more symmetrical layout of the 2. Not the way I would go…but of the options given. Survey your household members and see what they (or she) thinks. It’s the folks that look at it every day for the next unpteen years that should sway the decision.

2. Depends on how light the traffic. If just the cat; then don’t worry about it. Otherwise lay some boards over it. Maybe some Masonite or 3/8 ply or such. Just something to distribute the weight. Workmen in boots pouncing around taking measurements probably isn’t the best thing for your Ditra and crunches and such will make keeping lippage down more of an effort. Why look for more work?

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Survey your household members and see what they (or she) thinks. It’s the folks that look at it every day for the next unpteen years that should sway the decision.
I've surveyed the household and the cat either said "feed me" or "get out of my face," can never tell but it wasn't A. or B., Haha. Right now the cat excepted I'm the only one who has to look at it. A. isn't my ideal choice either but under the circumstances...

If I can't hold off on putting it in before glass measurements, plywood over it sounds like a good choice.
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Nearly to the ceiling. Window actually turned out pretty good.

1. I'm putting some stacked stone in the tub niche. Panels are 6x24 but will be cutting them down. 1/2 to 1 inch thick. What's the best trowel size? Setting over kerdi board.

2. Best trowel size for setting quartz curb?
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3. I'm using flexcolor cq for grout. According the instructions I should use a "medium to hard rubber float." I have a float that I've used for cement grouts in the past. It's rubber but feels pretty firm. Will this be sufficient? I can't seem to find floats that specify hardness.

4. It's my understanding grout sponges are the preferred method for cleaning off the haze with flexcolor cq, over something like microfiber cloths?
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