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Unread 02-27-2014, 08:22 PM   #1
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Sparky's DIY bathroom build

Been a long road getting to this point. Have had some encouraging help so far. I'm doing a whole house remodel by myself, and this master shower has been the biggest challenge so far. I'm doing the best I can.

(Background/skip if you dont care)I gutted a relatively small master bath(90sq/ft-tub/shower, lav, WC, garden tub), and am putting it back together with the shower as the main feature. So far I've: framed, 2" drain to replace 1 1/2", changed 1/2" supply lines to 3/4", installed 3/4 thermostatic valve w/ 3 volume controls, (2) layers 5/8" plywood in shower floor, 15# felt/lathe/ preslope/liner/mud bed, Hardi on all walls of wet area, RedGard on walls, shower floor tiled and grouted, cabinets/counters set, radiant heat wire laid/SLC/floor tile down outside showed. I've flood tested a few times and still worried about leaks. What's done is done. Still hoping I haven't missed an important detail.

At this point I think I'm ready for wall tille. I'll be installing 18x18 travertine on all the shower walls, and to chair rail height on the rest of the bathroom walls.

#1 Never worked with travertine like this before. I keep reading its soft. I bought a new D24000 to miter my corners. Should the tile's edges stay sharp, or will they get blown out while cutting? I've read the tips thread. I'll get a T3 if I think I need it. Any other nuances to cutting travertine?

#2 I've sourced Prolite locally. Are working times with that mortar similar to Versa bond? Will it really hold these tiles without sagging on the walls? I've thought about screwing ledgers to the walls, and cutting bottom row last.

#3 If I actually get all the tile up and it sticks, what is a good grout for this installation? I used sanded Polyblend on all the floors so far.

#4 I sprayed a light orange peel on the lower portion of the dry area walls. I wasn't expecting to tile these surfaces. Should I take it off so it doesn't create bonding issues?

Thanks for any advice.

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Unread 02-27-2014, 08:24 PM   #2
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Also, I wouldn't doubt if I've made a few mistakes. If they're going to be catastrophic, please speak up. I don't want to be featured in the worst tile thread.
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Unread 02-28-2014, 02:30 AM   #3
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William,

1- The tavertine should cut like warm butter. The edges will come out nice and crisp unless you drop one.

2- Good question. I've used both but never timed Prolite. We normally get 4 open hours out of versabond. Use the ledger and don't worry

3- Dealers choice. Since you have travertine for the rest of the shower, any special non-cement grout would be kindah pointless.

4- Leave it alone and tile right over it.
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Unread 02-28-2014, 09:04 AM   #4
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Thanks, Paul.

#4 was what I was most concerned about. I've set over fresh texture before, but never material this heavy.
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Unread 02-28-2014, 12:50 PM   #5
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Sounds like you've got your questions answered, but I just wanted to say that everything you're doing is looking very nice and clean. I bet you'll have a great shower.
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Unread 02-28-2014, 01:33 PM   #6
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Thank for that one, man. Its intimidating to throw the pics out for you pros when I'm this far in. Like most first timers, I had no idea there was so much to it. I've never built anything in a house that required so much attention to detail. I have a lot of respect for you guys that know what you're doing.
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Unread 02-28-2014, 03:26 PM   #7
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I've set over fresh texture before, but never material this heavy.
William, those 18x18" tiles are no heavier per unit bonding area than mosaics.
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I'll take your word for it, CX. All I know is a 20 sq/ft box of backsplash tile is easier to bring up the stairs than 20 sq/ft of that stone.

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Type Simple Mat or/and simplemat into the Advanced Search feature and ask for Titles.
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William , density and thickness of the stone play a big role in weight . Free gym time .

For the mitered corners , leave about 1/16 of flat stone and then the 45 cut . When you assemble them leave about 1/32 gap in between .

Permacolor or similar should work for your needs .

Prolite is about an 1hour , but small batches in the beginning should get you there . If mixture feels hard , remix before apply . I will not tell you about the importance of reading the mixing instructions
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I was kidding about the simplemat, CX. I'm new, and ain't here to cause trouble, but I do like to goof around. There's no way I'd use anything but black mastic in this shower. I figure if it'll hold shingles to the roof, tile is tile, right?
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Two technical questions about travertine, fellas. I just about have design worked out.

#1 If have an exposed, beveled edge, how is the best way to polish it?

#2 What is a good epoxy to join two pieces permanently?
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I'm very impressed with this new saw, but that's cause I was beating lil red up pretty bad. I didn't have to make any adjustments out of the box, and it cuts effortlessly. The 18x18 is too big for this room. I'm ripping them in half. That last pic is the beginning of a countertop cottonball/q tip holder. I buy a nice saw, and build trinkets with it.
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