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Unread 03-29-2006, 09:12 PM   #31
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Thanks for the response Jennifer.

If it makes more sense I could skip some steps and make it:

1) Lay floor tiles
2) Lay remaining wall tiles that meet floor
3) Grout floor and wall area under vanity
4) Seal #3
5) Install hanging vanity
6) Tile vanity top and edging
7) Set wall tiles that meet up with vanity top and sides
8) Grout vanity area
9) Seal all wall and vanity grout
10) Caulk

There is only 10 inches clearance to work under the vanity, so I know I have to do at least 2 grout steps. It will be hard enough caulking that area after the vanity is up. The grout for the vanity top will also be a different color than the main wall grout so I thought it would be easier to grout the vanity top before putting in the remaining wall tiles.

Does this sound better ? ?
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Bump - Any other comments or suggestions ?
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it does look good though!
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Thanks Andrew. Still learning as I go. This site is fantastic. I'd be one of those "trust what HD says" guys if I hadn't found it. I asked where the thinset was - they told me to use mastic - I was able to say NO I want the REAL stuff. I asked for Redgard - they said WHAT ? They finally found one bucket on a high shelf.
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Unread 03-30-2006, 10:10 PM   #35
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Eric,

I thought the same until I was given some time to do my bathroom. I learned a LOT from this site and other sites. Although I'm not a pro, some walls are NOT straight (BEYOND my control due to a co-op i live in), taking my time, things may look 'ghetto' but at least I'm not paying someone $9K-12K to do it. I'd rather spend $2,000 in materials and do it myself.

Please post up your final results. I'm dying to see them. I'll show my pics as soon as I get some of the pics up and out of my camera. Come to think of it, I can't find my camera!

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I'm a total novice at this tile stuff, but at least have a ton of tools and experience in remodeling apartments. I'm accustomed to dry walling, texturing and painting, floating floors for vinyl, stripping and staining wood and laying carpeting. Thought I was in decent shape for an old fart - but this tiling stuff is gruling.
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I see no need to seal any of the grout before moving to other tiling, Eric. Indeed, if you wait the real recommended time of 7 days between grouting and sealing, you'd lose a lot of productive time.

You'll wanna keep it all clean, of course, but you can just cover it with tarps or mask it on the walls or whatever if you think you'll be making a mess. I always think I'll be making a mess. I'm never dissapointed.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Thanks for the heads up CX. I guess if I can lay on the floor to squeeze caulk under that vanity I can do the same with sealing. Anyone have any 10" or shorter friends I could hire out to work under there - would sure be easier ?

Last night I got the shower door header screwed in making sure it was level, added vapor barrier to inside and enclosed with CBU. Screwed in first CBU section to inside of east shower wall. Should be able to finish the remaining CBU after work on Saturday.

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Cut and installed the remaining CBU after work today. Cut and pre-fit the Schluter Rondec. Applied 2 coats of Redgard to a section behind one part the the door frame and cut the top of the door frame down a hair to fit.
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looks good Oldrem....got a favor to ask...next time you post pics, can you post a pic of the Rondec installed please?...I'd like to see it...thanks
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Howdy Nick,

Just started with the first strip of Rondec late today after finishing the outer bathroom walls. Held it in alignment it by sandwiching the lower section under my starter board and setting a clamp near the top so it doesn't move while I'm thinsetting/tiling it in as I go. Kind of tight quarters, but hopefully the pics will show you enough for now. Will post more as I progress.
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Figured one thing out with screwing down thin strips of CBU. I had tried cutting them then pre-drilling and countersinking so the screws wouldn't split them - well about 25% of the time it split during the countersinking. Soooo - I countersank them BEFORE cutting out the strips - absolutely no splits after that.

HMMMMM Is there any way to get CBU tape to stay down wrapped around outside corners? I even tried pre-folding it first and one edge always comes back up grrrr. I'm about to just trim it off at the edges.

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Ease the edges of the CBU so they are slightly rounded. A rasp or coarse file should do it.
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Thanks Bob, I'll try in one one edge and see how it works.
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Well, tried that on one inside edge Bob - maybe I didn't round it enough. Finally trimmed the ones that wouldn't stay put. At least all the gaps are covered with tape.

Nick, here are a few more pics of the Rondec taking shape. I clamped the top ones and thinset them in place per Schluter instructions. I had already mitered the flat parts on the 2 pieces that would meet up when I cut them to length. Should be able to cut the tiles to meet up with them tomorrow night. The external corner cap finishes off the Rondec.

Moved inside the shower to start some tiles on the final wall until my batch of Versabond ran out.
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