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Unread 11-18-2020, 08:31 PM   #16
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Some folks always prefill the waffles in their Ditra, Phil. The manufacturer approves of it.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Good news, thanks for the confirmation CX! I appreciate the advice as always

Darn near got it all filled with the remaining mud. I looked through some old posts and found a nice tip about using a grout float. Had an old epoxy float laying around that worked nicely.
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I pre-filled mine twice, Phil, 'cuz of how much the mortar shrank. But I was using Ditra Heat so the "waffles" are deeper than regular Ditra.
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I was contemplating in-floor heating using Ditra Heat, but alas, just ended up using my left over materials. Sure would be nice though! Enjoy the toasty toes! Good tip on the double fill, Dan. The mortar did shrink a little but not enough to do that on this regular Ditra. I'll be sure to burn in some more mortar when laying the floor tiles tomorrow. Just marking my layout now.
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Sure would be nice though!
It is nice. My MBR is over an unheated garage, and it can get pretty cold here in Northern Va.
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Got the floor tiled and added an 1/8" Wedi panel to the tub apron to bring it out a bit to fit the tile better. I also sprayed some white window low expansion foam under the apron lip to make it solid as it's a bit thin and had quite a bit of flex to it. Had to shim it out in a couple of spots to make the lip flush all of the way across the front before the foam went in.
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I've been working on wrapping this project up here and there in what little time I can find. So I have a question for y'all. What's your thoughts on silicone color for the tile to tub deck transition as well as tub apron to apron tile? White to match the tub, or matched to the grout color? I've caulked all other joints for the most part. I'm leaning white, wife is leaning grout color (Laticrete smoke grey). I think tooling the grout matched silicone on the tub would look less pleasant than white as it would blend in better. As for the apron to tile....I'm torn. Thoughts?
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I think the smoked gray for both, Phil. If you tape it off so your lines are nice and straight, especially on the tub deck and apron, it'll look like an extension of the tile.

Really though, there's but one opinion that counts.
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Good call on they grey, Dan! Super happy with how it turned out!

A few things left to do: vanity (found a couple issues with the wood and going through warranty claim now but should be resolved soon), waiting for word on counter top for vanity, plumbing fixtures need to go in, finally found a vanity light I like from Justice Design Group that arrives next week, bought a new terlit today that I'll install tomorrow, need to finish the medicine cabinet, and then the LED strips can go in. At least the rest of the work is easy
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That's looking really good, Phil.








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...At least the rest of the work is easy
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Your bathroom project looks great, I very much enjoyed watching your progress which shows off your professional skill nicely. I only have one comment about the design. I believe the ideal position of the niche should be so that you can also reach for your soap and shampoo while you are sitting in the bathtub. Looking forward to seeing your finished project pictures.
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Nice work, Phil, I'm diggin the tile front tub. I'm gonna put you on speed dial when I start mine.
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I appreciate the comments guys and gals!

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Murphy is gonna come knockin' hard at your door after that pronouncement.
Lol! As soon as I wrote that I knew it was a mistake hope the legend doesn't hold true this time.

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I believe the ideal position of the niche should be so that you can also reach for your soap and shampoo while you are sitting in the bathtub.
I had a similar thought but my wife veto'd it Even though it's not our master bath, we use it a lot for showers and she wanted it higher.

Dan,
Like was mentioned earlier, I'd check out the Kohler units. This tub was a total nightmare! All said and done, I'm quite happy with the results but American Standard didn't make it easy on me
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Based on your previous, um, review of the AS unit you used I've already bookmarked the Kohler unit.

Mrs. Phil's veto was well exercised. Have to make such decisions based more on the primary use, instead of on occasional use.

Can you take a few steps back and post another photo? What tile is that?
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Unread 12-18-2020, 11:51 AM   #30
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As requested, Dan. Tile info is as follows:
Wall tile:
Manufacturer: Flaviker
Line: Urban Concrete
Color: Fog
Floor tile:
Manufacturer: Century Ceramica
Line: Discovery
Color: Patagonia
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