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Unread 07-23-2010, 03:42 AM   #31
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Set them without removing the glue dots.

I can't tell how thick those tiles are from the picture. Use whatever trowel gives you good coverage, but without a bunch of thinset coming up into the joints. For shower floors I sometimes use a worn 1/4" trowel, sometimes a 3/16" V notch, sometimes my Ditra trowel. Depends on how thick the tiles are, tile size, are the backs waffled, etc.

If you do get thinset in the joints clean it while its wet. Don't let anything set up in the joints and have to scrape it out when it dries as you could cut the Kerdi.
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Unread 07-23-2010, 11:06 PM   #32
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OK, tiles are 1/4 thick

I guess I'll go for a 3/16 v-notch then ...
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Unread 07-24-2010, 01:08 PM   #33
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Main things are proper coverage, 100%, and minimum of 3/32" of thinset under the tile after press-in. Use the trowel that gives you this WITHOUT getting so much coming up through the joints. Start with the v-notch and move up if needed. Another option is to use a bigger trowel and flatten the notches...
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Unread 08-05-2010, 10:55 AM   #34
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Shower grout

OK. Got the floor set last week and it appears to have worked well.
Now it's time to choose grout.
Any recommendations on choosing shower grout?
Because the spaces on the floor are 1/8" I will need to use unsanded down below. But my wall spaces are 3/16, so sanded on the sides.
Home Depot seems to have a rather limited selection, and I'm wondering if I aught to make a trip to my local tile supplier to get something better or just go with the big box stuff?
This whole project is over kerdi, if that helps. And I used a pre-formed pan as well.
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Unread 10-07-2010, 05:29 PM   #35
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Finished

A big thank you to this forum and John Bridge whose books were indispensable. As Stephen Colbert would say, a tip of the hat to all the pro tile setters out there. You truly earn your money. And a wag of the finger to all the DIYers out there who think this is going to be a piece of cake.
This thing took me about seven months to complete. In my own defense, I have a day job and two young kids.
A few photos can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/2bazv45
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Unread 10-08-2010, 07:50 AM   #36
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Looks good, Paul! And, seven months is not too bad for this sort of project. You are no where close to the record.
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Unread 10-08-2010, 11:38 AM   #37
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Thanks

Had a few lippage problems on the walls, and a few spots where things didn't quite line up. But overall I'm happy with it, especially given that it was my first tile project ever. Did the whole thing with unmodified thinset, which freaked most of the guys in the local tile shops out. The glass guy was equally skeptical of using plain 'ol drywall as a substrate. Kinda fun to use new methods.
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Unread 02-07-2014, 09:35 AM   #38
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Three-year update

Hello. Just to do my part in keeping the forum up I wanted to report that three years in, my tile shower has been rock solid.
I used 100 percent unmodified thinset and have had no problems with cracking or water penetration.
Thanks again for all the excellent advice.
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Unread 07-26-2020, 09:20 AM   #39
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A decade in

And still no problems.
I'm now getting ready to remodel my other bathroom.
I thought it made sense to ask y'all what's the current thinking on wall waterproofing?
This time, I'm doing an alcove tub with a tile surround.
I see they've invented something called Kerdi Board that looks easy to use.
But I also see there are other new products out there, including a plastic-impregnated durrock.
What's everybody using these days?
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Unread 07-26-2020, 09:40 AM   #40
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Welcome back, Paul.

Wish we had some photos of your previous project.

What is "everybody" using? Whatever anybody is comfortable with and is preferring at the time. It's really that simple.

Some folks are using the newer foam boards. Some are using direct bonded waterproofing membranes over CBU. Some are using direct bonded waterproofing membranes over gypsum drywall. Some are using CBU over sheet-type moisture barriers. Some - those with the requisite skills - are using fat-mud over sheet-type moisture barriers.

And some, I'm sure, are still not bothering to use any sort of moisture containment at all, but we try not to think about those folks until one of our members hasta tear out a failed version of one of those.

Lots of choices these days and they all (with the exception of my last example above) work if properly installed. Dealer's choice.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Unread 07-26-2020, 09:47 AM   #41
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Hi Paul, welcome back. I think most installers use what they've found to work and what they have experience with.
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Unread 07-26-2020, 10:57 AM   #42
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Thx

Hey Davy.
So, what do you like these days?
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Unread 07-26-2020, 10:59 AM   #43
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Previous project

Here: http://tinyurl.com/2bazv45
Facebook has reduced the rez. I guess they must do that when stuff gets old.
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Unread 07-26-2020, 11:03 AM   #44
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Paul, I still use tar paper, lath and mud over my shower walls. I'm not sure how long tar paper and lath has been used but tiling over cement has been going on for hundreds of years. I've been looking but I haven't found anything better.
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Unread 07-26-2020, 12:14 PM   #45
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And eventually they'll be gone all together, Paul. And some of us can't see Facebook at all. What I was looking for is some photos attached here from storage on your computer that will appear in your post and remain a permanent part of your project thread.
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