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Old 10-09-2018, 09:46 PM   #76
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Btw - due to shrinkage on my (Above) Sakrete sand mix (yeah I know), I had to 253R skim virtually the whole pan. Wait 3 hours for it to set up and then Kerdi. Too late to set tile so effectively I lost a full day. Lesson learned. Will use a mix that wonít shrink next time.
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Old 10-11-2018, 05:57 PM   #77
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Paul,

Just an idea that might eliminate any concerns on the Houston mud method. Next time you/someone take(s) out somebodyís frameless glass shower door, although itís expensive and time-consuming, you might consider making a sample box as big as a sample shower and silicone or urethane it down to the glass. Then do your wetting for what you think is appropriate based on volume, and then snap some shots from underneath. Just to make sure/confirm that the water percolated all the way down to the bottom. We assume that it does, but without seeing it you canít be totally sure.
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Old 10-11-2018, 06:24 PM   #78
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Kevin - try Laticrete nxt patch for skimming surface...it sets up within half an hour or so in most cases.
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Old 10-11-2018, 06:44 PM   #79
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Thanks, youíre right of course. I have bags and bags of Uzin 888 & 886 patch in storage but thot my in-hand 253R would go off faster than planned. Real answer would have been a better mud mix.
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Old 10-12-2018, 01:46 PM   #80
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I've thought of the clear box idea, but was concerned about capillary action along the acrylic giving a false impression. Building one then breaking it apart would be a better test.
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C'mon Paul....you can do one and post it.....!
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I have a 6' x 8' shower to do on Monday. Got the slip sheet and the lathe stapled down. I figure about ten bags of 4 to 1 should do the trick. Oughta be good to go on this "Houston Mud Method."
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Our next shower has a tub attached, no mud for me for a spell
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Old 10-17-2018, 06:38 PM   #84
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Just finished the above mentioned Kerdi shower. The next day, the floor was hard as a rock. Put in the Kerdi and band & corners and am good to go.

The fellow I'm working with was amazed at the result. This was the second shower we did this way....and now, that's all he wants to do. He's an "old time" mud man and they are pretty hard to convince.....
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