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Unread 08-01-2014, 09:51 AM   #19681
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Good progress Paul, agree with Chuck the site looks too tidy!

Whats the red framing material?
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Unread 08-01-2014, 12:49 PM   #19682
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That was my question. I too, I am from Virginia also and never saw the "pink lumber." Here, it's done that way to differentiate it from plain ole' 2x4's.

It's cut to a precise size, ready for framing.

They didn't want it good, they wanted it Wednesday.
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Unread 08-01-2014, 04:26 PM   #19683
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I am just an apprentice so this is pretty basic work. Recently I have started setting more and more tile. I've probably done 5-6 small floors, 1/2 of a backsplash (), and now this tub surround. I'll take it!

I didn't think you were suppose to do straight set, or even brick set, with 12 x 24 but these tiles aren't cupped at all. Must be baked right?
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Unread 08-01-2014, 05:58 PM   #19684
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Looks good Luke! We just finished a surround and floor with 24's and not a problem. Love the look.
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Unread 08-01-2014, 08:18 PM   #19685
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Thanks Marge. I like the look of the straight set with these big tiles too. Very cool.

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Unread 08-02-2014, 12:55 AM   #19686
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I haven't been on much lately. Everyone's work is looking great.

Here's the master bath of a new home I've been working on. 4x16 Bianco Venatino marble. Kerdi board steam shower with mudded bench for heat cables. Floor is 1/2" ac plywood, ditra heat mat (which is awesome) and Suntouch warm wire cables.
The back of the bench is cut down from 12x24's because each piece grew 3/16" with the slope. It was hard to find pieces of the larger tile that blended in with the smaller ones but I think it worked. Anyway...
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Unread 08-02-2014, 12:59 AM   #19687
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Luke looks good. Straight set or 1/3 offset is fine for 12x24 porcelain.

50% offset is not recommended because most porcelain tile have natural warpage that creates lippage problems when that pattern is used.

But some porcelain tiles are flat enough that it is not a problem even when offset at 50%

Mark looks like you already have the 2014 CID award wrapped up.

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Unread 08-02-2014, 05:14 AM   #19688
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nice work luke, you notice how long it takes working my yourself. But its fun. do you guys normally use the sluter. I see they have all the corners and end cap stuff but never used it on walls, just on floors to other flooring.

mark you nailed that, the bench slope is money you cutting down to line them up. Had to go back and see it. That what I was talking about but didnt post the right pic on my 1st kerdi preslope floor, but just had to trim down the width on each bottem row on the walls to line up with the floor mosaics. Thats really nice the shower bottom corner pitcher frame came out looking book matched, almost like you ment to do something like that
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Unread 08-02-2014, 06:42 AM   #19689
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getting the backsplash done end of this week (and today, but weekends are more work time right) on this older city home remodel, doing others right now too, but this is the 1st tile work (tops are in). Check out some off the crazy prep with the old 1920 work, dont want to post a ton of pics, not tile stuff.
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see that little jog in the back right corner of the counter, were the laminate top backslash in notched... didn't catch that on till we gutted it. Main 2-3story drain, old thick wall cast iron, threaded on site, you dont want to get into moving that. Not a big deal, with the wood stuff but little challenge on the tile now.
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oh and left the lath, to hold back the blown in. They filled this whole dead area up over the closet on the side door half landing, it was like a 4x6x20

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Thats all done, granite tops in last week

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the other side with the fireplace, changed the cabinet heights a little to tuck the granite up the the replacement window, that cam out mint, will get that side tile done today.
oh MR HO really wanted to run the mosaic under the sink window, I wasn't planning and set my plugs (new and old moved to all the same) in the way. And I HATE not having the plugs 100% in the field. And the tile shop design girl changed the window size I had (to fit them better). I could have ripped down the lower window trim for some more room, but then it would be to much compromising of the old big trim (4 1/2) in the house were keeping or re copying. Anyway drew up the layouts on the wall and got them on board and its all now yesterday and there really happy on it, and it was a better way to go. Not all jammed up, like the tile design is tiring to hard to dress up itself. That window is badass, that wall looks good and balanced for how tall it is, with no sofit now. And took the extra mosaics to fully "strait up" behind the stove to the space saver.(no feild) Thats another thing I really like to do on the normal (this has tall ceilings), but normal real people kitchens, standard appliances. Not a showroom, or magazine kitchen that you have huge wall areas behind the sink and stove HO want to "fit" some big tile pattern. I'm sure you guys see that all the time.

back to that corner
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this pic looks terrible I got the pattern to wrap around it, and I miters the outside. This looks way worse there lined up better. And I have to seal the de durr edge that raw still. phone probably had dirty water on it too I just started mitering last week on that shower curb. I've had the dewalt for like 4 years (my dad has some old MK we used to use but its sucks) and never even knew,or tried that. This forum showed me that The I didn't get any after the mosaics. But got that pattern to just square corner around the jog and looks good, some of them are too brittle, and the material and face profile is not miter friendly.

oh and for the 1st time tried making my own bull nose/cap. Buzzed a little 45' and rough it out. Then my 1/4 sheet palm sander, 100,220,400 (finest I had) and some coats of the pourise tile sealant. Looks better then the other edges. Made this for the end right side of the backslash, not gotta do all the tops today thanks for the tips on doing that, this is some soft raw stuff, but never thought you could radius and miter tile

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Unread 08-02-2014, 08:00 AM   #19690
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Regarding Paul's red wood..... if it is this brand from Home depot it also does more than being a precise cut...

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Unread 08-02-2014, 08:01 AM   #19691
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Thanks guys. I'll file that away in my head Isaac -- it's only 50% offset that makes the lippage. For whatever reason I thought they had to be put in a running bond. I like the running bond, but we do it a lot.

The time went by very quick when I was setting these John. Beats the heck out of mixing mud and running back and forth cutting tile!

We use the schluter trim in the showers regularly. I haven't done it yet but my boss even wraps the niches. With all the different colors you can make it look very sharp. We don't use a lot of bullnose.

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Unread 08-02-2014, 12:15 PM   #19692
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Unread 08-02-2014, 01:02 PM   #19693
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Originally Posted by Mark, Post 19686
Floor is 1/2" ac plywood, ditra heat mat (which is awesome) and Suntouch warm wire cables.
That's alla subfloor you had and you installed marble over it, Mark?

Looks like the same stone with which you won your recent award. Same house?

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Unread 08-02-2014, 01:03 PM   #19694
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Man you guys do some awesome work!!!

Mark good grief dude, that is insane good!
my first Kerdi Shower
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Unread 08-02-2014, 02:40 PM   #19695
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Mark, on my best day, my work isn't as good as your worst day. If you're willing to tell us, I'd be interested to know how long it took you to finish that project.

On another note, get you some brown duct tape for those boots.

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