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Unread 01-04-2010, 05:21 PM   #3046
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so brad did you save the rights and left and toss them back in as starter from row to row to make it look like a wood install......last one i did like that i even went and got matching t caps to put down for transitions
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Unread 01-04-2010, 05:44 PM   #3047
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We did Dan, we just had to really mix it up 'cause the designer didn't want anything to repeat.

Looks like you have a good idea run amuck.
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Unread 01-04-2010, 08:37 PM   #3048
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There is a good reason why we ask about the plumbing fixtures before we lay the first tile. On the current job, about 3 weeks after the tiles had been set, the plumber announced today that the holes made for the body sprays are too small. Of course the copper fittings were set right next to wall studs.

It only took 3 hours, a rotozipmate, a right angle grinder with a 36 grit stone, a shop vac and a new set of eardrums to go from this to this; There were 4 holes to enlarge.
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Unread 01-04-2010, 08:42 PM   #3049
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I enjoyed chattin' with the Ham Man. Always good to share thoughts with Tile Thinkers in person when you can. Next time we get together he'll be gettin' his hands dirty, though.
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no fun there Paul, hopefully not out of your pocket. what kind of pex fitting is that? shark bite variation?
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Unread 01-05-2010, 12:03 AM   #3053
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I get paid by the day on this job. I log my time for the GC. Its up to him to figure out who pays the freight.

It looks like pex to me, but I didn't do the plumbing. If I had, we wouldn't be in this pickle. Add ons, designer changes her mind again, "oh lets add some more over there", "weren't we going to tile this too?", don't make no mind to me. I think of it as another opportunity to solve more customer problems.
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looks good kevin, that looks like a lot of work
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Unread 01-05-2010, 02:25 PM   #3055
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no fun there Paul, hopefully not out of your pocket. what kind of pex fitting is that? shark bite variation?
I am pretty sure it is the Rehau system. One of the best PEX systems right behind the Uponor system. Anything else is not worth it and has serious potential for leaks using the standard crimp rings.
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I spoke with the plumbers and its "the stuff the boss picks out"
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Brian wins the pot, it is a reheau fitting.
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Unread 01-06-2010, 02:10 PM   #3058
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those are the cleanest holes I've ever seen (cut into tile that is)
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Is that from holding the grinder disk flat against the tile and holding it steady?
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Those tiles were already on the walls when those holes were made larger.

The plumber drew a circle where the outside edge should be. Then we drew the proper line a little bigger than needed so we could cut up to the line but not into the line. Most of the work was done with a rotozipmate 3.5" dry diamond wheel. I cut a circle inside my mark, going as deeply as possible. I was very weary about chipping that rock hard porcelain. I could get the groove about 3/16" deep. Then I made a few pie cuts, knocked them out with a hammer. Next I cleaned out most of the remaining tile bits by holding the rotozip disc on the same plane as the wall, but on a slight angle. The blade was a bit smaller than the hole, so I could get a lot done. The slight angle allowed me to put a lot of pressure on the tile without the fear of the tool skipping out of the hole and scratching the front of the tile. Once most of the hole was ground down, I switched to a right angle grinder and a 36 grit grinding stone that is shaped like a soda can. That took the porcelain down right to the mark I made, into a perfect circle. The fittings had very little room for error, and besides I love a challange.
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