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Unread 01-09-2019, 09:10 PM   #106
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No, not as easy as it looks for sure. I wasted $100 worth of Kerdi I had poorly embedded and tore madly off the walls of my first shower project a few days later. I tossed them in the backyard, staring at the wasted sheets in anger and disbelief. That was the nadir of my DIY career, and in desperation I googled for answers, and that's how I found this forum.

You're doing much better than I did!
What's going on in that upper corner? It looks like the walls are bowing or the Kerdi isn't attached all the way. Perhaps, it's just an optical illusion.
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Unread 01-09-2019, 09:46 PM   #107
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Thanks Wolfgang. Being a little OCD myself, I am a little upset about the few quarter sized light spots on the kerdi sheets. I did read that these are ok as long as they're not located by seams or overlaps and they aren't.

Once I lap all the seams with kerdi band, I think I will run a thin, flattened bead of sikaflex construction adhesive over each seam for added insurance.

I noticed the pictures appear as if the kerdi is not adhered or peeling back. This is an optical illusion from the oozed out thinset and lighting. I had to walk back in and double check my work after looking closely at that picture earlier haha.

For reference, I wetted the drywall and mixed my thinset to a fluid consistency that would still hold a notch. I used a 1/8x1/8 u notch marshaltown trowel and had pretty good results and no issues with thinset skinning over. I also pre-cut all my kerdi sheets.

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Unread 01-09-2019, 11:44 PM   #108
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Ali. In our "Liberry" there is a good template for cutting out some Kerdi for a niche......


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Unread 01-10-2019, 06:50 AM   #109
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The good news, Ali, is that the banding will be much easier. Just try to not work it too much like a drywall seam; smear, imbed, and then knife it from the center out. You'll have more fun with the preformed corners.

I'd not worry too much about Sikaflex'g those seam edges; I have a seam running the 7 foot length of my shower pan, using a 2.5" overlap. It was under water for 2 and a half days.
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Unread 01-10-2019, 07:56 PM   #110
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Dan, you were right, the band is a lot easier to use. I haven't gotten to the inside/outside corners yet but I'm saving those for last so I can spend more time with them.

More Kerdi tonight, went a little easier than yesterday. Taped all the seams and corners (even the overlap on the back wall) with kerdi band. Embedded the bench after back buttering and troweling unmodified mortar.

I will be working on the curb and corners/seams of the niche tomorrow evening after work.

I did make a mess on the lath. Does it need to be 100% clean before the deck mud? If so, I'll pull up one side and try to break off the thinset and vacuum.

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Unread 01-10-2019, 08:19 PM   #111
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I like to pre cut and pre crease. I think creasing it before hand makes it easier to embed and cutting everything at once makes it faster and cleaner since you are not picking up and putting down the scissors/knife. I would clean up the lath if I were you. OCD remember
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Unread 01-11-2019, 10:42 PM   #112
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I agree Shawn, pre cutting saved me a ton of time and gave me extra working time with the thinset.

All set for deck mud tomorrow after cleaning up the lath again. Tonight I lapped all the corners of the bench, wrapped the curb, added outside corners to the curb and the niche, and added some Sika in areas with edges that looked questionable. The preformed corners liked to wrinkle in the middle of the flange regardless of technique so that got some Sika too. Not my cleanest work, but overall I'm satisfied enough to continue.

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Looking good Ali!!
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Unread 01-11-2019, 11:23 PM   #114
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Thanks Chuck!

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My buddy who happens to have way more experience than me with concrete stopped by and helped me out with the mud pan. Turned out pretty damn good.

He is building a Roman tub using kerdi and to return the favor, I will be helping with the deck mud pan.

After the pan was floated, a little bit of water was misted on there and trowel finished. Covered it with 3mil plastic after troweling. I won't be touching the pan for a few days.

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Ali....the pan looks nice!
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Thanks Laz, I'm pretty happy with it. It's real strong too, every square inch was packed down with a 2x4 end before screeding. My buddy was able to walk on it before the final misting and float without any displacement.

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Mud pan is curing well. Was real warm to the touch last night and solid. I pulled the 3mil sheeting back today and misted on a little more water (few ounces) and covered again. I plan on misting and covering for the next 2-3 days. Once it dries out, I'll cover in Kerdi.

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If you keep it covered with the poly, Ali, you don't really need the misting.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Unread 01-13-2019, 10:12 AM   #120
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Sounds good, will save me a few minutes every day haha.

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