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Old 02-18-2019, 07:10 PM   #211
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did you really pack it in with like a board and a hammer? you can get it pretty darn flat doing that, but only before it cures.
No, I missed the hammer packing step. I was just hitting hard with the float. With that said I was wacking the hell out of it.

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I would lightly scuff it with the rub brick to knock down high spots. if there are any LOW spots, dips, or depressions, do NOT pack them with more mud. It will not bond well. You should mix some quality thinset mortar and skim those low areas with the flat part of a trowel. Let it cure. You can also skim coat the entire thing.
Just bought the brick. What kind of thinset should I buy? Modified or modified?

I'm going to check for low and high spots, then skim the entire think with thinset.

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Once it is all flat and smooth, check it with a level in many places holding the level pointing to the drain on one end and pointing to one of the 4 sides. Make sure the slope is good.
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also check the slope of the curb. It should pitch to the inside of the shower.
Yes, everything is indeed pitched towards the inside of the shower. I made sure of that.


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Old 02-18-2019, 08:46 PM   #212
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Whacking your deck mud with your wood float is adequate packing before shaping, Josh.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Old 03-02-2019, 03:23 PM   #213
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OK, I'm back. I was out of town for a week.

So I ran into an issue this AM. I ran out of the USG membrane for the shower floor and about 1 3x5 durock Panel?

Can I just go to Home Depot and buy Kerdi membrane? or do I need to reorder another roll of USG on Amazon and wait a few days?
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How much of the membrane do you need Josh?

I have a bit left over....
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Old 03-02-2019, 06:19 PM   #215
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36 sq ft.

I underestimated how much I needed.
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Oh. Sorry Josh, I don't have that much left. Though I do have a piece large enough for the shower floor, which you are welcome to.
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No worries, just reordered some. Thanks for the thought though.
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Old 03-03-2019, 12:31 PM   #218
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looks good josh. do you plan to set the tile as well? (that is my least favorite part of a shower job!
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Old 03-04-2019, 10:01 AM   #219
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Thanks, I've tried hard not to miss any step and do everything as close to perfect as possible.

I'm doing it all on my own.
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Old 03-04-2019, 05:54 PM   #220
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What trowel size do you use for these tiles? I'm putting them on a Durcok Shower Niche.

I tried to use a 3/16" V Notch Trowel and all the thinset went through the back and took up the grout space.
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When you used the v notch were you getting good coverage?
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I can't tell from the photo, Josh, how thick is the tile? To my eyes they appear very thin....
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I can't tell from the photo, Josh, how thick is the tile? To my eyes they appear very thin....
Yes, they are very thin.

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When you used the v notch were you getting good coverage?
I mean it got all over the back of the tile and stuck to the durock shower niche. Problem is all the thinset went through the back and took up all the grout area. So I pulled it back out.
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1/8" inch trowel.....
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Best I can tell from enlarging the photos is that those tile are maybe 1/8" thick.

Try the 1/8"X1/8" square notch trowel, but keep it at a very shallow angle.

If they are only 1/8" thick there won't be much space for grout even if you don't have any mortar in the joints.
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