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Unread 05-18-2016, 12:12 PM   #46
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Score and snap, or cut with a grinder are about the only two ways I know of. There is a set of shears that you can get that cuts it very easily (so I'm told) but I imagine you'd spend a good amount of money just to get that one cut.

Can you take the sheet outside and cut it with a grinder? I've also used a circular saw with a crappy blade.
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Unread 05-18-2016, 12:25 PM   #47
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I may have to go the circular saw route outside.
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Unread 05-18-2016, 12:26 PM   #48
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I have no idea if this would work:

Take a straight 5' long 2x4 and dado a channel into one edge that is 0.42" (hardiebacker thickness) by 1" (width of cut). Slide it onto the edge of a panel, heavily score both sides using the 2x4 as a guide. Supporting the rest of the panel on a table, with the 2x4 hanging just off the edge, use the 2x4 to snap the hardiebacker.

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Unread 05-18-2016, 01:31 PM   #49
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Wayne, that sounds like it may work.

Thanks for the idea. I'll give it a try. Trying to stay away from all that dust.

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Unread 05-18-2016, 02:51 PM   #50
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If you try it, let us know how it works. Of course, grooving the 2x4 will create a bunch of wood dust, but at least it's not silica dust.

You could also screw together three rips of 1/2" plywood instead of grooving a 2x4 to create the same shape. Probably would be a sloppier fit, though.

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Unread 05-18-2016, 05:12 PM   #51
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I'm a woodworker so I should be able to make one. I'll ley you guys know if I do go ahead and make one and try it.
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Unread 05-19-2016, 01:01 AM   #52
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I like Wayne's creative idea! Either of em. Just score both sides at the edge of the wood and it should break right off. You can score with the special scoring tool, or a sharp utility knife.

Some guys will hold a damp/wet sponge next to the grinder blade to manage the dust too. It's a little tricky, but it does work. Just go slow and be careful.
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Unread 05-20-2016, 11:47 AM   #53
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Another question. I tried emailing Laticrete but haven't heard from them. Can I use Spectralock Pro epoxy grout on my shower floor with stone pebbles? I'm not there yet but want to know beforehand as I already purchased the grout.

Any tips on applying and removing as I've never used an epoxy grout? I will also use it on the porcelain tile on the shower walls.

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Also, with the pebble floor do I use silicone where it meets up with the wall and near the drain or is the epoxy grout okay to use in both those places?

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Tile industry standards call for the use of a flexible sealant in the tile surface at all changes of plane in the backing material, among other places. Epoxy grout is not a flexible sealant. You'll want to use 100 percent silicon caulking in those areas.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Unread 05-20-2016, 12:25 PM   #56
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Yes, you can use SpectraLock Pro Premium on pebble shower floors. Follow all Laticrete's install, cleaning, and curing instructions and you'll be fine. Having a helper around on grout day can be a big help too. Ask more questions here before you get there...

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We use SpectraLock Pro Premium grout around drain, and color matched Latasil at inside corners in the shower.
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Dana, how do you go about using the silicone at the edges of the pebbles? Basically I want the procedure steps being the pebbles are assorted sizes.

And do I tile the wall first or the floor? I'm thinking the wall so I don't need to worry too much about getting stuff on the floor.
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I tile the wall, then tile the floor, and grout walls then floor on same day.

Size or shape of floor tiles has no bearing on what you do, just how you do it. You can either cut the bottom course of wall tiles to fit down to the floor tile, or cut the floor tile to the wall tile - same as every other floor. Whatever is easiest, either works. Leave about 1/8" or so open joint.

After grout has a chance to firm up, maybe after first cleaning, carefully cut out any grout from joints using tuck pointing trowel or similar. Be careful you don't damage waterproofing, and be especially careful if using a knife.

Seal with color matched Latasil like every other movement joint in the shower.
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Dana, did you cut your pebbles? Looks like a lot of work to do I that way. Also, I think it would be hard to grout and then silicone around the pebbles compared to two different tiles where you have a consistent gap to silicone. I'm thinking maybe to end the wall tiles 1/8" above the pebbles.

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IIRC on that job pebbles were flat and I cut wall tile down to floor. If your particular pebbles aren't flat, I'd cut the pebbles to the wall tile.

Regardless, caulking the joints is all the same procedure.
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