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Unread 08-06-2005, 12:43 PM   #1
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floating durock walls in shower

I am getting ready to float my Durock walls to even them out. What product would I use to float them? They are not consistant and I would like to make them. Then would I use thinset over that to put the tiles up?
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Unread 08-06-2005, 02:52 PM   #2
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Hi Shannon, you can use thinset and a small straight edge along as it's not too drastic. How big are the tiles?
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the tiles are 3x6 subway field tiles. I will need to float in the corners and around the niches as well as even out any indents or uneven walls. That is why I was wondering if I would use some time of morter or concrete type of mix.
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Mike, You still out there????? Anyone? Can I use Thinset to float the walls? Is this the same stuff that I will use to install the tile? What should I do with the gaps in the corners? Fill them or just tape and use thinset? What type of thinset is best? I have a Lowes and Home Depot close by.

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Hi Shannon, sorry I lost ya in the shuffle. Yes you can use thinset. As long as you don't have to float more than 1/4" max. You want to use durock tape or comperable, to tape the joints and corners. Then thinset over that as you set or float. It will be the same stuff you set the tiles with. You can get Customs versabond from HD. Comes in white or gray. Use the white. Just cleaner to use on walls no difference in bonding.
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THANKS so much. I don't know how you guys can keep up with all the posts. A few more questions if I may. Would I use the same thinset for the shower floor? The tiles are 4x4 tumbled slate. What do you think of the epoxy grouts? I was at least planning on using that for the white wall tile grout. And what brand is good?

Now for the bathroom floor. I am using 12x12 gauged slate from a reputable tile store. I am placing them on the concrete foundation. Would I use thinset for this as well? The foundation is in good shape. There are a few small gouges(holes) from removing the old tile. As long as they are not big it shouldn't hurt anything right?

OK, Musky Mike. I take it that you are a fisherman. I am originaly from Minnesota and used to go fishing for the family vacation. What lakes are you by?

Thanks a lot again for your help.

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Mike,

One more thing, what if I do need to float more than 1/4"? Just in case. And what about the corners? My backerboard did not meet up so nicely. Should I fill in those gaps with anything to make them more secure or is the tape and thinset enough?

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Hi Shannon, if you have to float more than a 1/4" I would do it in two floats. You can use the same thinset on the floor too. Make sure you seal the slate before and after you grout. I would use an enhancer and put on atleast two coats. The tape and thinset will be fine for the corners. Put the tape on then mush the mud into it.

You guessed right about the fishing. I just can't get enough of it. I'm not too far from Hayward.
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Cool, thanks. So I am right that I do not need to do anything else for the bathroom floor? The concrete is enough. I really appreciate your help. I know that is it getting late for you there so thanks again. I will post pictures if I can ever get this done. I definetly like being a carpenter then dealing with cement board. I think I chose the right profession for now.

Do you fish for Walleye? Ummmm I love Walleye dipped in a beer batter. I do miss eating the fresh fish, just not the waiting for them to bite. My family and I used to go to Algoma (sp) and go out on lake michigan. Can you say sea sick? Well, thanks again.
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