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Unread 05-24-2013, 04:08 PM   #466
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I sure found it difficult to drill holes in my purdy new tiled shower
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Congrats on getting the holes put into your lovely new tile! Doesn't sound like it was anywhere near challenging enough though.
Definitely thought about it before I got started. The practice drilling on the toilet flange helped, especially with getting the knack of spraying the water with one hand while drilling with the other. I bought a DEWALT DW5574 5/16-Inch Diamond Drill Bit which was a much better quality than I previously used. Made all the difference.

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The photos I took of the framing / blocking with the reference tape measure really paid off. Tough to remember where the blocking was located otherwise since I hadn't noted it in the drawings.

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First batch of SpectraLock on the wall.

Oily is definitely the way to describe how the SL goes on the wall. Mrs. PC and I used the remaining 3/4 of a mini-bucket to grout the niche and the accent band. Looks pretty nice and we are both happy the grout intensive sections are done. Currently waiting 60 minutes for the final wash. I'm concerned about the consumption rate and hope the remaining two mini-buckets will complete the surround.

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Mixing in the stainless steel drywall pan worked out very well. The SL is easy to get out of the pan with the margin trowel. I lined up two trays side by side and caught about 90% of the SL that dropped off the wall.

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Took the time to a final cleaning of the tub, walls and grout lines this AM. That RedGard sticks to the tub pretty well too but a persistent scrubbing with old towel and water cut through it. Also masked off the tub in preparation for the caulking.

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Unread 05-25-2013, 06:41 PM   #468
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Question: I'm buying two tubes of the ColorSIL but can't locate a online supplier. Do I order it directly from Color Rite?

Silver shadow 88 CS-1365
Smoke grey 89 CS-1350

The contact information for Color Rite, Inc.

Toll Free: 1-855-822-2855 (USA only)
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Fax: 405-354-3645
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I'll send them an email to see if they will ship directly to VA.
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CX, hope you are doing ok and avoiding the flash floods out there. San Antonio sounds like they really got it.
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Unread 05-26-2013, 09:24 PM   #470
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Grouting complete!

Mrs. Pc and I completed the grouting of the tub surround (3 3/4 minis) and the floor (~ 2/3 mini).

Definitely a much bigger job getting the SL on the wall, gravity is not working for you here. The SL was pretty heavy, found that the 1" putty knife worked the best for forcing the SL into the grout lines and the margin trowel for cleaning excess/dressing the lines.

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I positioned aluminum trays from Mrs. PC's cooking supplies under the working area and kept my drywall tray positioned under the tool so I had very little loss from droppage. Thanks for the warning, Pete/Dan.

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Grouting the floor was very easy using the heavy floor trowel I borrowed from Dan (ss3964spd) . Took maybe 20 minutes to grout.

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Mixed partial for the last bucket on the wall so I would have a 1/4 mini left to fix-up any problem area we see later. Mrs. PC cleverly separated out the mixtures by folding the packets to isolate the desired amounts as a percentage of the overall package volume.

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Wanted to give a shout out to our veterans past and present. I'll be thinking of you all tomorrow.

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Three cheers for you and Mrs. PC. You have gotten a lot accomplished and it looks gorgeous! I sure like how that trim turned out around your niche. Funny how a "problem" turned into a feature. It all looks terrific.
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Heidi, after wrestling with the SL, I'll be definitely interested in your experience with the FusionPro. The SL sets up like a rock but is time consuming and $. Fusion looks easy to apply and that premix is great. Does it set up fully sealed like a epoxy grout?

PS: Mrs PC made a yard bunny with the leftover SpectraLock Smoke Grey from the floor. Very funny, Should be a pretty tough bunny!

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Unread 05-27-2013, 08:59 AM   #473
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Looks great, PC. Glad to see you using the margin float on the walls too; that was the only way I could work with the SL on a vertical. I think SL is worth the installation hassle considering it's long-term benefits of no sealing, staining, epoxy-strong, etc.

I like the tile combos you guys used...it all works well together. So all you have left is caulk, trim and fixtures, correct?
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Pete, the boss is quite happy with the combination too and is already coming up with refinements for the master bath.

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So all you have left is caulk, trim and fixtures, correct?
You got it. The Colorrite silicon is the current schedule driver; hope to get that on order tomorrow. I'm installing the tub/shower fixtures to along with the towel hooks if I can find some at Lowes that Mrs. PC approves.

Once I have the silicon I can set the base moulding and do the final painting / trim..

Not sure I need the color matched silicone for the base moulding since I'm sealing it directly to the tile. May just put a bead of clear along the bottom edge of trim before I set it and fill any small gaps with a paintable latex caulk. I'll need to check what kind of gaps I'm dealing with before I decide.
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Fusion looks easy to apply and that premix is great. Does it set up fully sealed like a epoxy grout?
Theoretically, yes...no sealing required per CBP.

Looking forward to a photo of the yard bunny family with yours, your daughter's, and your wife's all together. I'm sure it's coming.
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Things are progressing quickly now!. Installed plumbing fittings for tub/shower, shower rod, grab bars (glad I drill those holes already). Installed a nice gooseneck shower arm (AquaSource Polished Chrome Shower Arm and Flange) at Lowes for $9, much better that the $50 Moen units I found online. Also sealed the small gaps between the pipes and the kerdi gaskets with silicon per the recommendations from Paul.

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Installed the towel hook we picked up at Homers today and did a dry fit of the vanity, Mrs. PC is very pleased.

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Need to do the final trim and painting, caulk, install vanity, and about 5 other things I can't remember at the moment. But still getting close to finishing this bath reno!

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Install a 1/4 turn shut off valve for the toilet fill (#29 usually) Use these for the vanity too.

Caulk the sink to the wall so water doesn't run in between. White silicone will work well.

You are fixin to replace that old yellowed outlet and plate, right?
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Caulk the sink to the wall so water doesn't run in between. White silicone will work well.
Oh yeah, and make a backsplash out of 36" white marble (matches plinths and thresholds)and seal to vanity/wall with white silicon.

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Got the part on hand ready to install with the toilet! Toilet? Hmmm, where did I put that thing?

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Actually a new plate from my on hand stock that Mrs. PC isn't happy with either. Just hate the idea of swapping out that outlet to match the new white plate.
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Since its within 6 feet of the sink it will have to be a GFCI anyway......
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Since its within 6 feet of the sink it will have to be a GFCI anyway......
It's on a dedicated GFCI breaker so I'll pull and replace with decent WHITE outlet and plate. I just need to remember to shut off the breaker before I blow the GFCI the hard way.
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