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Old 09-01-2017, 07:19 PM   #16
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Got a little bit of a start this week. Kerdi is up. Better bench is mounted and filled with deck mud.

I've got a couple questions.

1. My tile is 12x24x11/32 thick. Is 1/2" quadec appropriate for 11/32 tile?

2. Does this deck mud seem like it's mixed properly? Photos below. Its TEC mud bed mix for the better bench. It seemed VERY dry. I had to cover the holes in my bench frame while packing it in to keep it from falling out. It would form a ball but crumble easily. I want to make sure I'm doing it right before I make the shower base.

3. Do I need to run kerdi on top of the bench?

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Old 09-01-2017, 08:17 PM   #17
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Looks like deck mud to me, Mike. I usually toss a bit of thinset mortar in a small batch of such mud and add a touch more water to do the front of those benches. And frequently I screw some expanded metal mesh on the front, specially if I'm making the front a little bigger to accommodate a particular tile pattern request.

I also always cover the top and front with whatever waterproofing membrane I'm using. Not required, but I think it best to keep water out of that little mud bed.

Your bench looks good if you remembered to slope it to drain.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Old 09-02-2017, 07:00 AM   #18
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Thanks CX.

The bench has about 1/8" of slope.

I mixed a slurry of 272 and covered the front with it. Let it set up a bit while I mixed up the deck mud and filled the seat. Once the seat was filled, I added a little water to the rest of my bucket and filled the front.

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Old 09-07-2017, 05:21 PM   #19
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Just not enough time in the day...
Got a little bit of a start on it.
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Old 09-07-2017, 06:15 PM   #20
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Old 11-05-2017, 12:49 PM   #21
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Little more progress
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Old 11-30-2017, 10:27 AM   #22
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My wife and I are trying to decide on grout color . Is it possible to mix up tiny batches of Spectralock to make some test boards?

I'm buying a commercial unit of A&B. Then a 4 different colors of part C. I'd rather not waste a bunch of expensive grout for test boards. Can I divy up a full unit to make micro batches?

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Old 11-30-2017, 10:57 AM   #23
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Ive been told if you need to split units to make smaller batches that the best practice is to weigh and separate them.
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Old 12-31-2017, 09:57 AM   #24
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Finally got some time to work on this again. The tile is in. Just need to grout now.

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Old 03-11-2018, 06:47 PM   #25
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Grout was done awhile back. Figured I'd update with some photos.

I appreciate the advice, and the forum as a whole. It's a great resource. Thank you!


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Looks very nice, Mike.

I just did that very same tile in a shower remodel last fall.
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Old 03-11-2018, 07:23 PM   #27
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Looks great. Is this Schluter Quadec for framing the niche?
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Looks great. Is this Schluter Quadec for framing the niche?
Yes, brushed stainless Quadec.

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Old 10-19-2018, 04:24 PM   #29
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Shower looks very nice! Is that Anatolia Is it Statuario Venato or Grigio? Also, what material did use on top of the bench and curb? It looks to match the Anatolia tile well. Thanks!
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Old 10-27-2018, 08:49 AM   #30
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It is anatolia classic high definition porcelain in Calacatta.

Im really not sure what brand or color the curb and seat are. Its a man made material. A local counter top shop has piles of cut pieces. Im not too happy with the match myself but they had a limited selection of 2cm thick material

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