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Old 11-14-2005, 01:22 PM   #46
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Question Drilling through Kerdi + Tile

When installing shower doors in a Kerdi shower, do you just drill straight through the tile and kerdi and drywall into the 2x4 studs? If so is there any special procedure? What type of drill bit do you use for this?

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Old 11-16-2005, 07:42 AM   #47
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Old 11-16-2005, 07:49 AM   #48
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You have it right. Use a diamond drill for porcelain tiles. Place a piece of masking tape at the screw location, then use a sharp hole punch to gently chip the glaze so the drill bit doesn't wander. Gently, so you don't crack the tile! Coat the screw threads with silicone caulk to seal the holes.
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Old 11-18-2005, 07:39 AM   #49
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Cleaning up VersaBond

I spilled a few drops of Versabond on a filished tile floor and it hardened before I noticed it. I scraped off as much as I could, but it left a white stain/residue behind. How can I clean this off?

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Old 11-19-2005, 11:22 AM   #50
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Just scrub it vigorously. A spot of vinegar might help. It it's been more than a month, it's going to be tough.
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Old 11-19-2005, 08:17 PM   #51
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Air spaces in Kerdi corners?

My Kerdi membrane is installed and the VersaBond is dry. I noticed that in the corners of the shower walls (back left and back right), you can see and air space behind the Kerdi where it curves through the corner from ceiling to floor. Is this a problem? It feels firm. Will this cause any leaks or any other problems?

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Old 11-19-2005, 08:26 PM   #52
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Rick,

It shouldn't be a problem as long as the lap joints are snug and complete.

What's the deal on cleaning off the dried thin set?
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Old 11-19-2005, 11:12 PM   #53
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Thanks, John. I haven't tried cleaning the versabond yet. I'm going to in the morning though.

The project is coming along nicely. I'm going to take some pics tomorrow and I'll post them. Starting tiling in the morning!

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Old 11-21-2005, 10:38 PM   #54
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Is it ok to put deck mud under a jacuzzi tub to level it and set it? If so, how thick does it need to be if there is a minimum thickness? I was thinking 1 inch. Is deck mud ok for this?

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Old 11-22-2005, 06:42 AM   #55
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Deck mud is fine for that, except you can mix it a bit looser (more water) than you would for a preslope. You can also use any kind of bagged concrete or mortar mix, too. Make a mound in the center under the tub bottom, then smoosh the tub down in it. The mud will spread itself.
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Old 11-22-2005, 07:02 AM   #56
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Yeah, you have to be able to squish it a little. Dry pack won't do that.
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Old 11-22-2005, 07:21 AM   #57
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Thanks Bob and John. I'd rather use the portland cement and sand if I can since I have a lot of extra of it. In addition to mixing it with more water, should I use a different mixing ratio than I do for deck mud? Like maybe 3:1 instead of 5:1?

Or will it be a lot better if I just go buy a bag of quickcrete?

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Old 11-22-2005, 07:56 AM   #58
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Depends upon which Quickrete mix you mean, Rick. The Quickrete Mortar mix would be my choice. It'll moosh (the more technical term than squish ) better than the straight Portland/sand mixes.

But you can do it with sand and cee-ment if you wanna. about three to one is what I'd mix. And, of course, still wet enough to moosh without being wet enough to slump much on its own.

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Old 11-22-2005, 01:08 PM   #59
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Thanks guys. How thick of a mortar base should I plan on using as a minimum under the tub? I was thinking about an inch; is this thick enough to be stable or should I go with more?

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Old 11-23-2005, 07:22 AM   #60
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Anyone have an idea about the minimum mortar base thickness (see question above)?

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