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Unread 04-27-2013, 03:43 PM   #346
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"She owes you one, nudge, nudge, wink, wink, know what I mean, know what I mean?"

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Unread 04-27-2013, 04:58 PM   #347
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LOL, if life were only that simple! Hard work is good. Not letting every thought that comes into my head come out of my mouth would be even better!
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Unread 04-27-2013, 08:58 PM   #348
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Beautiful day, soccer games and me being generally lazy so I got just a few rows in today. Did manage to get the last of the drilled tiles done today before I ran out of thinset. Already picked up another bag from homer's so ready to go. Pretty straightforward trim out to the ceiling tomorrow.

Removed all the Ledger boards and cleaned up so I can finish the bottom trim tomorrow too.

Question, do you all recommend keeping work platform in place to make the grouting easier? If so I'll need to trim it down slightly side to side so it will fit with the tile installed.

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As you can see from the photos, the niche is already coming in handy to store the small tools whole I'm working.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 07:01 AM   #349
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I'd definitely keep the platform while grouting - it's just as messy a process as working with thinset.

Everything is coming together just great.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 05:41 PM   #350
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I'm setting the bottom row of tiles along the tub. Is 1/8" sufficient for the bottom gap which will be sealed with silicon caulk? I looked in the liberry but didn't see an answer. Also limited by the site search doesn't work on my Android phone.

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Unread 04-28-2013, 05:52 PM   #351
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Unread 04-28-2013, 08:45 PM   #352
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Thx for the confirmation CX.

Spent the day laying the few remaining field tiles, trimming around top row for the ceiling and installing the bull nose. Also started trimming in the bottom row along the tub. Lots of variations in the tub as you all said would be the case so it taking some time to get all the pieces measured and cut.

All looks pretty good but I'll take my hat off to you guys who do this work day in and out. I'm beat and ready to count some !
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Unread 04-28-2013, 08:53 PM   #353
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Stellar!

Very well done.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 09:00 PM   #354
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Thx Pete! Next task to resolve is the grout color choice which promises to be a prolonged discussion. Mrs. PC would prefer classic white but I'd like to look at other color options. Plan to do some test board like Paul recommends but not excited about buying two three different grout colors of the SpectraLock. Wonder if they share a color palette with the standard grout to reduce the testing costs?
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Unread 04-28-2013, 09:20 PM   #355
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If you can find the mini part C powders they're only around $4 per package, though that can add up if you can't narrow it down to 2-3. The good thing is Spectralock is really true on their color samples so the color chips seem to match the powder well and the part c powder doesn't really lighten or darken when mixed with the epoxy resin.

I really like Spectalock. One word of caution though - grouting the walls is more challenging than with a cement-based grout. Maybe it was just me but it didn't seem to have any "bite" when working it on the walls....wanted to slide right down as if it's oily rather than sticky.
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Good info on the mini color packages, I'll look for the products in the local stores. I certainly have plenty of partial tiles for the trails.

I read a note you made to Talon/Sean re the Tavy puck. From what I can tell the puck is used to check the relative level of adjoining tiles, seems like a piece of 2x4 would work too. Are there other uses for the puck? $18 seems like a lot for somethings you slide around to listen for the click (per the Tavy YouTube video; if you don't have the puck your out of luck)
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I used the Tavy to check how level single tiles were when set. I used the Tornado leveling system on my floor tiles so I didn't use the Tavy across two tiles to check that they were on the same plane. It was useful on the large format 12x 24 tiles, especially dealing with a 24" side, to help get the initial tile set nice and level. As adjacent tiles are set the leveling system alters the plane of the tiles some so the Tavy is handy to make sure things don't get too out of whack. It's also nice to use if you're not able to complete an entire floor in one session and you have "end" tiles that are set but you're only able to use the leveling system on 2 sides of it since you're at a stopping point; it lets you know if you're inadvertently "tilting" the tile with the partial leveling system so you can correct it. That way when you resume tiling you're starting off of a nice, flat tile and hopefully will see minimal lippage across the floor when done.
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The Tavy is also perfect for setting the Kerdi shower drain. I didn't really shop around for them but my guess is there are less expensive ones available. You could probably even use your smart phone; I have the app below on my iPhone...it was either free or $0.99. Of course you risk getting thinset all over your phone.
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Ok, I see the level in the puck now. The silly ad didn't even mention that. Can see how that would be simpler than the level.

Not sure the level app would work so good in my Samsung with its rounded back!

Thx for the detailed response, very helpful. I'm using the same size tiles on my floor which is thankfully much smaller than yours.
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Looks nice, PC, and the accent bits really worked out great. I'm also digging that tub, the sides look very straight and modern.

Pete's "oily" description of SL is spot on, though I found as it starts to set up it becomes a little more tacky but at the expense of ease of packing. The results, however, far out weigh the application challenges. I also found there is no issue with matching one batch to another; color is very consistent so stopping with one batch and re-starting with another, anywhere, is no problem.
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PC your tiling looks very nice. The accent around the niche looks like you meticulously planned it from the very beginning. It was worth the effort you put into finding a good solution.
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