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Unread 07-31-2018, 11:03 PM   #16
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The cable is pretty protected after it's snapped down into the membrane. The mortar isn't adding much on the way of protection, in my humble opinion.

And I don't like filling the membrane the day before, then kneeling on it the next day during tiling, as little bits of hardened mortar are sometime broken loose. If you do decide to pre-fill the day ahead of time, I'd suggest using a few small pieces of lauan or 1/4" plywood to kneel on so as to not disturb the mortar too much.

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Niche question

My wife bought Marble basket weave mosaic tiles to install in our shower niche and a towel niche.
The towel niche is drywall over plywood in a dry zone.. It is primed and painted, as it was never the plan to tile it. The paint is 30 days old.
My plan is to rough the paint with 80 grit, then use Schluter modified thin set to set the mosaic tiles. Is this an adequate approach? Had I known I would have just used some left over Kerdi board instead of drywall.
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Unread 09-02-2018, 08:23 AM   #18
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Your plan will work fine. It's done on backsplashes all the time.
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Unread 09-02-2018, 08:41 AM   #19
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Thank you. I rely on this forum for accurate answers and suggestions. It has never let me down.
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Unread 09-02-2018, 09:52 PM   #20
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Are you planning to use nails or something to hang the sheet from so that it doesn't droop before the mortar sets?

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Unread 09-03-2018, 12:15 AM   #21
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Laticrete Glass Tile Mortar. No nails needed oh yeah
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Unread 09-03-2018, 07:59 AM   #22
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Tool guy, this marble basket weave is so tight, if I did not see the display, I would swear you could not get any grout in it at all. It lays really tight.
I plan on unsanded grout of course.
I will set it with Schluter modified white with a 1/4" notched trowel.
I believe it will be fine, but I've been wrong before.
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Can you post a pitcher of the mosaic. All tile requires a grout joint esp. in a shower where gunk and funk will get in those tiny joints where grout will not.
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It's possible the 1/4 notch is too big. You might need to go with a 1/8 square notch or 3/16 V notch. Thinset oozing thru the joints can be a pain to clean up.
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I finished the towel niche today.
I would turn the pic if I knew how. I rotated the file, but it insists on uploading this way.
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A few more to kinda show where I'm at. WAY over budget, but WTH, I'm retired.
The towel niche is behind the door, and is illuminated.
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I laid them all out, cut and numbered them before setting. The joints are virtually non existent, but in the store, they are set and grouted, and smooth as glass. I had never seen them before, but then again,. I was a sparky not a tile setter.
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So my next question would be, how to grout it. Maybe kinda thin?
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is it just an optical delusion of mine, or is your basket weave tile as flat as linoleum?


Anyway, your setting looks great. But my only question still is . . . never heard the term "trowel" niche. What's the "trowel" moniker mean?

Guess I needed my glasses to see towel niche.
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Yes, it's flat and tight.

Towel niche. The towel rack is recessed as well.

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