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Unread 10-01-2007, 04:50 PM   #31
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Hi Brian,

No it's not going to be a steam shower at this time but you never know what will happen later. I bought the extra Kerdi from Jazz only because I like to overkill any project I work on, the extra cost was minimal.

The lights are shower lights that have a foam seal between the trim ring and tile.

All the anxiety I had about setting this mosaic were unfounded. So far it's been fairly easy other than having to clean all the thinset that squeezes thru. I may start some cuss'in once I begin setting the partial tiles It is time consuming though, guess thats why mosaic's cost more to install.

Do you have any tips on technique for doing the outside corners of the wall & curb so they don't look like a hack did them We decided against the rock foot step and opted for a folding shower bench instead.

That's all for now.

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Unread 10-01-2007, 05:01 PM   #32
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Hopefully a pro will see my response and say "No, No, that's not how it should be done!" I would do the curb in a more solid material, whether it be granite or limestone or whatever. What is your intention for the curb outside the shower? I think if it were me, I 'd use another type of tile and take it across the curb and up the wall and bring the stone up to it. I'd do this for two reasons...I think it'd be easier to install and seal the glass and I think it'd be difficult to cut the stones and make a smooth, tight edge up the wall. If you had some type of complimentary tile or stone with a straight edge going up the wall, you could bring the stone into it and not have to worry about what the edges look like. I have been known to have totally outlandish ideas, but I think I'd want something flat for the glass to attach to.

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Unread 10-01-2007, 08:35 PM   #33
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What you suggest would be nice BUT that's not the look my wife wants. The shower door and panels will be frameless 1/2" glass, the whole look she's going for is sort of a grotto type look . The hope is to make the glass as inconspicus (SP?) as possible, and I know it wouldn't fly with her having it broken up by a slab going up the wall. I may be able to talk her into slabs on the curb top but no where else Good try though. I will still need to do an 8' tall outside corner that you can see a little of in the 1st picture in post #29 so I'll still need some tips on making that happen.

The floor of the bathroom will be done with the same tile as the shower for that flowing look. She describes it as wanting to look like you're in a stone cave.

The floating cabinets are a Cherry color with brushed stainless/frosted glass doors and brushed stainless side panels on the cabinets.

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Unread 10-02-2007, 12:24 AM   #34
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Jay,

I think what you are going to have to do is cut the edges as straight as you can and then place them in by hand. Or maybe you'd want to leave them raw and place them in by hand and fill all the voids with grout. I guess it depends on the "look" you (or your wife) wants to achieve. Cutting the tiles to achieve a straight edge may detract from the random look you want. If you go with one straight edge, and let that edge "protrude'" the width of the tile, then you could bring the other tile close enough to form a grout joint. I think either way it's going to be difficult to execute. The problem with going for the straight edge look is that if one tile slips just a little, it'll be noticeable. If you leave the tiles more random and pick tiles off the sheet that will "fit", then the resulting randomness of the grout joint will look planned. I still think I'd go with a solid piece of stone for the horizontal section of the curb, though. You oughta contact "ragdoll". He's found a place where he's procured granite remnants of all shapes, colors and sizes.

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Unread 10-02-2007, 11:49 AM   #35
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If you leave the tiles more random and pick tiles off the sheet that will "fit", then the resulting randomness of the grout joint will look planned.
I think this is the way I'll attempt it. I have been working on this room since May, another week of fitting tiles won't kill me

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I still think I'd go with a solid piece of stone for the horizontal section of the curb, though
I may do that for durability sake.
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Unread 10-03-2007, 07:53 AM   #36
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Grout joint depth

How much thinset squeeze thru is acceptable in the joints without causing problems with the GROUT ?
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The grout joint should be 2/3 the depth of the tile.
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Question grout color suggestions

I will be sealing this with an enhansing sealer and am looking for grout color suggestions.

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Do I use sanded or unsanded grout ?

Also the spacing between stones varies from 1/4" to almost touching, DO I use sanded or unsanded grout??
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Gotta use sanded, Jay. Unsanded on anything larger than 1/8" is asking for trouble.
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Question Grout and sealer sequence ?

Well I'm just about ready to start grouting the tile but I have a few questions first.

I'll be using stonetech products. I will be using an enhancer and sealer. What is the order of product application? Do I enhance, then grout, then seal? how many coats of each ?
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Looking good, Jay! Re: question in post #41...enhancer is a sealer. If you enhance, you are in effect sealing the stone at the same time. so if you enhance the stone first, then grout, you could follow with an impregnator if you don't want the stone to get any darker.

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I am leaning towards using Stonetech's Enhancer Pro. How difficult is it to work with ? What would be the best application method for my tile ? Then follow up with Impregnator Pro™ ?

The curb and all corners were time consuming because of the need to place individual stones. Getting the curb level and pitched correctly was a chore but turned out well.On the curb I used some cedar shims at each end to get my level & pitch set, using a long straight edge to push the stones into the thinset.
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