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Unread 02-21-2019, 12:30 PM   #1
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Another Kerdi Shower, Bruce in NC

Hello all,
Been using this forum for a while, haven't posted much but read a lot.
Thanks for all the good advice.

I have a new shower install going over a concrete slab, planning on using Kerdi, used it last time worked well. Shower is going to be 3'x6', with a bench. I already have it dry walled, will do a mud base. Using Kerdi Adapter to clamping drain.

A few questions, I'll number as usually requested.

1. got tile from "The Tile Shop" in Raleigh nc. Tile is MAINZU Ceramica. Looks like the date/lot numbers are different, how can you decipher them?
Example: 0106181928F and 0611171054MA. They are shaded blue color so exact match may not matter.

2. We are putting penny rounds on the floor. Should I run them under the wall tiles, seams like it would be easier then trimming them down.

3. What is the best grout to use seeing I want matching silicone caulk for the corners. Grout lines will be 1/8 or larger so I will use sanded.

4. Should I caulk all the corners, floor to wall and wall transitions.

I'm sure I'll have more questions.

I'll add pictures of tile, when I can, still have the paper clip X'ed out. Not enough post.

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Unread 02-21-2019, 12:40 PM   #2
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1. Might be mmddyy followed by lot reference. You really want all the same dye lot. Shading might not be apparent until installed.

2. Yes, run them under wall tiles

3. Grout manufacturers like Laticrete, Mapei and TEC all make matching silicone

4. Yes
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Unread 02-21-2019, 12:49 PM   #3
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Thanks Lou, I'll give them a call...

I mentioned to them when I picked it up, but the guy said they both are blue, not the best answer, should have told him to take it back then.

Still not seeing a paper clip ICON, I'll look after this post too.
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Unread 02-21-2019, 06:42 PM   #4
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3. These guys can match any color grout you install. They also offer silicone in sanded and unsanded variations to match your grout. About $10 a tube....

http://colorriteinc.com/color-sil

Color-sil is there silicone line.
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Unread 10-02-2019, 03:18 PM   #5
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Hello again,
I’m about ready to start grouting on this project and have a few more questions.

The shower floor is penny tile, walls are 12x6 inches tiles with 1/8inch grout lines. Or mostly around 1/8 inch

I would like a durable low maintenance grout that I can use for both floor and walls, so Sanded. Bathroom is in the basement and probably will not get daily use.

I am by a Lowe’s and Home Depot, I can also go to a professional tile shop for supplies, my wife Uses a local one a lot, she is an architect.

I don’t want to use epoxy grout due to last time I used it my wife had a bad reaction to the fumes etc... didn’t help I left the empty containers in the bathroom for a week. Oops!

I am planning on caulking the edge of the floor and the back of the bench with 100% silicone caulk and would like to grout them before putting in the bottom row of tiles. Then grouting the walls and caulking the corners etc.

I tried to upload photos but got a security token failure. Then resized them and it just failed, Maybe I haven’t posted enough?

Thanks for all your help,
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Unread 10-02-2019, 03:21 PM   #6
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Hi Bruce,

Home Depot sells Customs grout, which is good. Lowes sells Mapei, which is good.
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Unread 10-02-2019, 07:24 PM   #7
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Bruce, use the paper-clip icon above the Reply dialog box to attach photos from storage on your computer. There is no post number or any other restriction on the attaching of photos.
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Bruce, are you loading pictures with Tapatalk on a phone or tablet?

If so, that may be the problem. I think I remember someone saying they could get only one picture at a time with Tapatalk. I use my phone most often, but just go through Google Chrome directly to the website, and never have problems (other than the pictures occasionally loading sideways).
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I got that message yesterday about the token and once a couple of days ago. I do the same as Kman, straight through chrome, no app
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Unread 10-03-2019, 06:57 AM   #10
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Lets' try pictures again... I had to make them smaller, The resizing is not working.all of them where under 3.3m.

The question is is a urethane based or cement base grout better for a shower.

I've seen pro's and con's of both. I have no problem letting it dry for 10-15 days if not more....

I like the idea of a premix, that I can do smaller sections of. Home depot does have matching 100% silicone for CBP.

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Unread 10-03-2019, 07:41 AM   #11
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You said you’ve read the pros and cons in the shower. So, I’ll keep my 2 cents to you that I stick to only cement-based or epoxy grout on a shower pan. Since the epoxy doesn’t agree with you, I’d go cement. But not just any cement. I’d use Laticrete Permacolor that will dry to the expected, advertised color. This isn’t true with many cement grouts. It fires off faster than other grouts, so mix up a smaller batch at a time.

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At Homer's, I would at least step up to the Prism grout over the bagged stuff. Their "top" is the Fusion Pro, which I like a lot (some don't) but it takes following the directions closely and letting it set up for at least 7 days before use.

By the way, very nice "install." I like it.
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Unread 10-03-2019, 02:35 PM   #13
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Thanks for the replies.

The floor will,also,get the 1x2 foot gray tile, the the right wall will also except for a 2 foot strip of the same penny tile.

I’m sure that will be fun. I do have some left over kerdi to use to space it out as needed.

I keep going back and forth between what grout to use, should have the wife pic, at least the color.

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Are the walls grouted? I can't tell from the pics. If not, I would probably go with a very bright white....
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Unread 10-03-2019, 07:08 PM   #15
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No, walls are not grouted yet.

I would prefer a darker color.

We are thinking darker gray or charcoal, seams like my grout is always a little bit lighter... non pro.... last job was export grout.

Maybe a medium grey grout, currently I’m Leaning towards a cement based grout.

I want low maintenance, younger daughter will use until older daughter goes away to college, if I’m done in the next year and a half...

Planning on partial glass wall no doors, so hopefully will dry out easier.

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