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Unread 04-28-2009, 06:08 PM   #1
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John R.'s Bath Renovation

Hi folks,

Long time reader and sometimes poster. Cop by trade, DIYer out of passion, creativity, or cheapness (depends on the day).

I've started my remodel--pics later.

For now--2 questions:

1) For gluing and screwing 3/4 plywood to the joists--preferred length and type of screw (decking, drywall,???)

2) Now that subfloor framing is done--I can center my drain if I extend the 2" pipe two inches horizontally (straight--no turn). Can a single coupling do this or do I need two couplings and a short length of pipe???

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P.S.--I know--I'm about to go put my name in permanently and I'll keep my questions on the same thread. I carry a gun at work, but I'm afraid of my wife and CX, so I'll try to do it right.
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Unread 04-28-2009, 06:18 PM   #2
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1) I like to use 2 1/4" deck screws for my floors or 8d ringshank nails and PL Premimum adhesive for both.

2) one coupling should work, cant really tell from my couch though.

Have you check everyting for deflection? What will be your finished surface?
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Unread 04-28-2009, 06:36 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response.

Pier and beam foundation--2x6 fir, 16" or less on center, 8' span. I'm okay for ceramic and will be doing porcelain tile thoughout.
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Unread 04-28-2009, 06:44 PM   #4
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Project summary:

My house is U-shaped--open U area in back. But the open part of the "U" was roofed, with a large header across the "U". So I am putting in a foundation and closing off the "U", making it rectangular. The area I'm enclosing is approx. 16' x 8'--part to extend the master bath and part for the kitchen.

Concrete foundation across the "U" tying into old foundation is done. I just got the inspection done for sub floor plumbing and framing. (Was told by local inspector that they do not approve PEX in San Jose, so I had to learn how to sweat copper after cutting into old galvanized piping.

So now on to the plywood, rough walls, electrical, and plumbing. Much of this is new to me--doing lots of reading.

For the shower area, I was able to frame the 5 x 5 area with 4x4's, 1' on center, so I could cut down on curb height.
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Unread 04-28-2009, 07:02 PM   #5
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Hey John,

All this time you're worrying about your wife and CX - it's Marge who's gonna get ya if you don't get some pics up.
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Unread 05-04-2009, 04:37 PM   #6
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Mud mixing question

My shower is 57" x 60" The mud calculator says I will need 218 pounds of sand topping mix and 109 pounds of sand. What is the best thing to mix this amount in?
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Unread 05-04-2009, 06:13 PM   #7
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I would mix it on the floor with a shovel and or hoe.
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Unread 05-04-2009, 10:39 PM   #8
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Davestone--

I guess I could do that on the other part of the bathroom floor. Do you put plywood down to protect the other part of the floor, or something else?

And--big question--is this too big for a first-timer to do alone???
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Unread 05-19-2009, 09:08 AM   #9
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Noble Niche question

I'm about done framing things in the bathroom and doing rough plumbing/electrical. Planning ahead:

How many/what size niches are "best" if you are pre-planning your own shower?

I know it's preference, but for you guys who do showers all the time, you know/see more than most of us--this is the master bathroom--my wife and I. It will be almost 5' x 5', so plenty of room.

What do you think would be useful--or, what would you do for yourself?

NOTE: Not a shared bath with teenage girls!
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Unread 05-19-2009, 09:14 AM   #10
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Go into your bathroom and inventory all the personal care products your family uses in the shower. Line them up and measure the needed shelf space. Double that number. Install the number of niches needed to make that much shelf space. Place one at shoulder height along the back wall near the shower head. If you need another, place it near the far wall, same height. If this was a tub surround, place one in the middle of the back wall down near the tub lip.
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Unread 06-11-2009, 05:46 PM   #11
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Question on tiling vanity

Still finishing up rough plumbing and electrical, inspection this Monday.

Question I'm thinking about for the future:

When cutting tiles and hole in plywood underlayment for tile, Is there an order you use to make sure your tile cuts align with the sink cut-out? Anyone want to specify your preferred order of cutting plywood and tile? i.e.--do you lay out the tile on the vanity and mark it, or cut the hole and measure your tile cuts from that?

Any input would be appreciated.

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Unread 06-12-2009, 05:31 AM   #12
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Unread 06-12-2009, 06:07 AM   #13
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And--big question--is this too big for a first-timer to do alone???
From an earlier post...I think mixing and packing that mud bed is too much for a first time DIYer. I bet many of the pros would want help mixing and packing that much mud.

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When cutting tiles and hole in plywood underlayment for tile, Is there an order you use to make sure your tile cuts align with the sink cut-out?
I'm not completely clear what you mean. Are you using an under mount sink in the vanity? I used a surface mount and I cut the plywood hole first and fit the sink. Then I took the sink out and cut my tile to come over to the hole cut for the sink, made sure the sink still fit and then tiled it. After the grouting and all I set the sink in da hole.

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Unread 06-12-2009, 08:57 PM   #14
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Mud bed size

Yes, Brian, I'm using a drop in sink after tiling. Did you use Ditra over your plywood or some other backer. Looks like cutting Ditra to fit would be easier than a cement backerboard.

Question on mud bed size.

Final size looks like it will be about 59" by 56". Would you'll agree with Brian that this might be too much for a first timer (with help from wife).

If so, would you do it in two sections and use wet thinset to "glue" them together?
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Unread 06-13-2009, 12:28 AM   #15
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Ditra works nicely over ply for the vanity. You need to cover the edges of the ply something. You can use CBU or Ditra. Or you can do what I did and wrap it with Kerdi. Just don't try to tile to the exposed edges of the plywood.
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