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Unread 03-05-2019, 07:48 PM   #1
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Tiling around Shower drain

I’m cutting tile around my shower drain and I’m not sure if I’m happy with how it’s turning out. Two sides have a 1/8 grout line and the other two are 1/4. Is I’m a DIYer but strive for professional quality. Should I go with it as-is or redo it. It’s not installed yet so now is the time to fix it if necessary. What would a professional do?
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Hi Collin welcome. I would fix it. Try to get about an 1/8" all the way around the drain.
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Hi Collin,

I'm with Mike. I think someone who's done the meticulous work you've done would want to fix it.
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Thanks for the feedback. I redid one of the edges to tighten the gap. How bout now?


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Looks much better !

As tile geeks we would have softened the sharp corners, but that's our OCD kicking in.

Neatness reigns supreme.
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Unread 03-10-2019, 12:22 PM   #6
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Trowel recommendations for tiling over Kerdi membrane

I’m currently laying marble mosaic tile over kerdi membrame on a shower floor. The tiles are small about 1x1.5”. The instructions from Schluder Kerdi recommend a 1/4x3/16 v-notch trowel. I’ve seen some videos which recommend a 1/4” square notch trowel. What do you guys recommend?


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Collin, let's keep all questions related to this project on this thread so that questions and answers aren't duplicated, and the history is in one place.

The trowel size corresponds to the tile size, so it won't take a very big notch for those.

I'm not a big fan of the v-notch trowels. If you can find a square notch that's 1/8" or slightly less, that would work.

If not, use the v-notch you mentioned.
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Yep, what Kevin said. You want to avoid having thinset mash up and filling the joints. I think a 1/4 inch square notch is too big. I have a 1/8 square notch I use a lot on shower floors.
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Hey guys, I’m finally getting around to laying my shower floor tiles over Kerdi membrane. The tiles are small mosaic marble with the mesh backing. I used a 1/4x3/16 v-notch trowel. After laying the first course, I pulled one to check the coverage. It didn’t seem to be covering adequately. In many places, the thin set wasn’t even squeezing through the mesh backing. I pulled up what I laid down to try and figure it out before trying again. Should I try a different trowel size? I also suspect it could have been that the thin set was too thick and was to dry to adhere or allow the tile to mash into it. Any ideas?


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That trowel might be too small, Collin, may need to go with a 1/4X1/4 SN. It could be those things too; mortar too dry, skinned over, etc.

But, it appears you're using gray mortar. Be aware that from what I've read here many times it's best to use a white mortar when setting white marble. Grays can bleed through/stain the marble.
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Tiling around Shower drain

Sorry for the rookie questions on this topic...I switched thinsets to Ditra set in white for my mosaic shower floor pictured above. I think I am following the mixing instructions but it seems way too thick. Instructions say to mix 50 lbs to 5-6 quarts of water. I am mixing a mixing a 10:1 batch so 5 lbs to 19.2 ounces What am I doing wrong? It’s about the consistency of peanut butter but not freely flowing through the notches in the trowel.

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Maybe add just a little more water than what you have been.

And that V-notch trowel.....

The problem with those is that as the mortar starts to dry a little on the trowel, then the bottom of the V starts to get crusted up, and you immediately lose the depth of the notch. One way to avoid that would be to clean the trowel with a sponge and water after you finish spreading, even if it's only for a few minutes.

Or find a square notch trowel.
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I used DitraSet a few years back on my bathroom project for the floor and walls. The 6 per bag was waaay to stiff for my technique and tile. Wound up near 8 for the Kerdi membrane and a scoot over 7 for the tiles. Made some test “ice cream sandwiches” out of tile scraps as a test and they were rock solid after a few days, so the strength wasn’t compromised at all if any.
I had to give the bucket a good mix every other trowel full to keep it smooth, but this was in the summer heat. Also made 1/2 bag batches and got near the documented 2 hour pot life. I was using 2” mosaics, and did a bit of back buttering with a margin trowel. Harder to do with the small hexes. Your mileage may vary.
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Thanks for the responses. I increase to 24 ounces per 5 lbs of mix. Seemed to be a lot easier to wok with. I wonder why the instructions were so far off.


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Shower curb cap

I’m finally making some progress on this diy project. Floor is in with hexagon Carrera marble mosaic tiles. I’d like to use marble on the top of the shower curb also. Considering it’s a soft stone, are there any issues with this plan? Im aware of the issues with grout and thinset staining the marble. I’m using the Kerdi shower system and the curb is kerdi as well. I’ll be using subway tiles for the walls. Thanks in advance.




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