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Unread 04-22-2021, 02:49 PM   #1
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Back when they were building Levittowns...

A few years ago I remodeled some bathrooms in my mom's old Levitt-built house in MD. The mastic set over drywall tub and shower enclosures actually had held up pretty well for 50+ years but they were done. I think it held up partially due to the old growth kiln-dried DF framing and never hardening rubber caulk.
Came across this old ad somewhere, anybody doing 4 baths a day now?

A high school friend made this documentary on the Maryland Levittown: https://www.pbs.org/video/tales-of-b...-bowie-yysowm/
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Unread 04-22-2021, 06:13 PM   #2
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Some guys could do more than 4. It was all 4 1/4 tiles and they started at the tub and stacked the whole wall at one time. I doubt they checked anything for level or plumb.
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yeah- however the tub sits

I noticed that, walls and tub out of plumb/level -tile stacked the same.
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Actually I think the mastic they used back in the day even up to the mid late 90s was petroleum based and crystallized. Unlike the new mastic that stays soft and re-emulsifies plus also molds in them. Also larger tiles these days contribute to what I mentioned above rather than the small 4 x 4‘s they use back then.
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I started into tile in the early 70s working for my brother. We did a lot of mud work, but some of the builders had gone to mastic, and we did that too. I'm not particularly proud of it, but that's how it was. The mastic was not the old style, it would soften when it stayed wet for a while.

Fast forward: I came to Texas (Houston) because I was dead broke, needed a job, and Houston was booming. I went to work for an outfit that did mastic tub surrounds in new tract houses, and they had more than they could handle. I did 2 tubs in 3 houses per day, broken joint 4-1/4 tile. There were guys in that shop who were doing 10 a day. Mine looked better than theirs, though.

I did that for about six months until I got on my feet and went into business for myself. Years later, I ended up tearing some of the mastic tub jobs out on tracts I had worked on and converted them to mud.
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That's pretty cool! Now it takes a week to tile a shower.
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Unread 04-25-2021, 09:30 PM   #7
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Let’s not forget TubDog, who in this very thread told us he used to tile 8 tub surrounds a day! Damn fine thread, that there is.
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Be neat to get some 4 1/4s and see the difference

Here’s our 1 in a day:
Patched in the plumbing access, filled float sticks channel, waterproofed with 315, layout and tiled with trim out
I’m going back to grout tonight, thanks for bringing back the grout song thread it’s golden
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...thanks for bringing back the grout song thread it’s golden
I thoroughly enjoy hearing that.
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