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Unread 05-24-2019, 06:04 PM   #226
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2nd coat went on and I should be able to set glass tile tomorrow. I have exactly 1/16" of spacing for modified thinset across the field.

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Unread 05-25-2019, 11:31 AM   #227
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Started on the niche. Spent a few hours cutting LFT to follow the pattern I have set everywhere else. Most of the time was spent battling with compound bevels because of kerdi corner buildup. I've gotten pretty good making compound bevels on my DeWalt lately.

I almost set the bottom back piece without following the pattern of the tile below. Thankfully I noticed it when I went to take a picture the first time.

Also found a new use for my Stabila R Line level. I have two sides on the top left to set. Mrs. Ali is dragging me to the store to help with groceries...

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Unread 05-25-2019, 12:48 PM   #228
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Unread 05-25-2019, 01:40 PM   #229
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One concern I see: You are using grey thinset mortar next to white tiles. Make sure to completely wipe off any remnants from the edge otherwise this will show as dark spots when you apply a lighter grout color. It's not enough to get the glazed front surface clean but 1/8 in or so beyond. If already hard, give it a good scraping or use some vinegar to polish it clean.
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Unread 05-25-2019, 09:18 PM   #230
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It did Kelly, I cleaned it off with acetone

Wolfgang, good call. I've been wiping the edges but I gave it a good scrub with a scotch Brite pad from an old kitchen sponge. That did the trick.

All that medium bed screeding paid off, I was able to set 1.5 walls tonight. Went on pretty easy. The only pain in the ass cut is going to be for the shower diverter. That can wait until tomorrow. I purposely flipped the pattern the other way for effect. Mrs. Ali said it didn't make a difference so I did what I wanted.

I also plan on screeding medium bed in and around the niche so I can set the shelf and tile that area Monday.

Now I've got a Founders KBS with my name on it I have to attend to.

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Unread 05-25-2019, 10:57 PM   #231
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Your setting a high bar for us. I wasn't going to worry so much about lining up floor/wall/ceiling grout lines.
My floor has a certain layout that I thought no works best and the floor tile going into the linear drain. I planned to center the wall tiles and forget about the floor lines.
Your flipping the brick bond overlap is not to noticable to most.
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Unread 05-26-2019, 04:33 PM   #232
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Thanks Teddy. Your steam shower build looks like a hell of a project too. I look forward to seeing how everything turns out.

I know what you mean about forgetting to tie in multiple layouts, it takes a lot of planning and I've forgotten things multiple times with this build and had to go back and remove a tile or two. The upper 1/2 of the fixture wall went up and came back down 3 hours later because I skipped a row in the pattern haha.

Today was not very productive. Spent hours using multiple methods to get a clean circle cut in this glass without it shattering... Cordless drill and core bit, drill press (with various underlayments) and core bit, making a really slow cut, etc... Nothing worked. I looked up the dimensions for the Delta trinsic diverter trim and made a cardboard template. Turns out, I didn't need a clean circle to continue my layout around the diverter. I used a horseshoe shape that turned out a lot sturdier than any of my other attempts.

Also cleaned up and spread medium bed in the niche. Almost there...

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Unread 05-26-2019, 06:35 PM   #233
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Mods, can you change my thread title to 'Ali's shower build'?

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Nicely done, Ali. Looks like you still did use a core bit though, right? You got lucky that the trim plate will cover it, Lifes' little wins. Clean grout lines too.

But what I especially like is how you artfully composed your photos so that your most of your noggin is replaced by the diverter valve. Very "Wilson" (Tool Time) of you.
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Unread 05-27-2019, 07:23 AM   #235
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Thanks Dan. Here was the order of operations:

1. Mark and core 1/16" on either side.
2. Cut up to upper and lower edge of the circle outline.
3. Cut slivers every 1/16" up to the edge of the circle outline.
4. Break off slivers, use tile saw blade to knock off the remaining ridges.
5. Use core bit and drill press to smooth out the rough circle.

I did use a bit of strategery in those photos haha.

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Unread 05-27-2019, 08:32 AM   #236
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If your trim plate has long screws, make sure they will clear the tile. Some have screws, some don't.
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Unread 05-27-2019, 03:23 PM   #237
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No screws where the glass goes Davy, all is well.

All done (with tiling).

Ended up with some unavoidable skinnies due to shelf placement and ended with a few minor imperfections but the flexbond had a good hold at that point and it was too late.

I'm pretty happy overall, will grout in a week or so

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Unread 05-27-2019, 06:20 PM   #239
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Nice job. You'll forget about the inevitable imperfections as time goes by. Not sure how you'll do the niche but I personally have grouted mine completely for sanitary reasons. All other changes of plane (inside corners without a profile that is) I have used silicone.

That Spectralock is gonna make your arms feel sore!
Since you've got the white trim, will you use the white Part C?
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Unread 05-27-2019, 08:29 PM   #240
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Thanks Davy

Thanks Wolfgang,

Yeah I'll get over the imperfections eventually but it does tick me off a little not noticing as I was setting. I plan on using 100% silicone on the changes of plane and using spectralock everywhere else. Bought an epoxy margin float to make the niche go easier.

Yeah I'm going to use white part c inside the shower, not sure what I'll use on the outer 1/2 wall facing the window. Probably flexcolor cq.

Returned 6 cases of white LFT and bought a nice throne. Installed it before opening my evening beer.

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