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Unread 06-04-2021, 04:47 PM   #136
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Niche wall tile set....built up lower niche ledge

Went ahead and installed wall tile around niche today. I’m happy with the results!!

Decided to shorten my 24” tile below niche that was going to have a tile sliver going up right side of niche. In doing this, I moved my up/down grout line off from other tiles. Don’t think it’s a big deal as the grout lines are staggered anyway. I will probably go back to the original up/down grout line on the top 2 (final) pieces. This eliminated the tile sliver on right side of niche and the grout line that would have ended up right next to the niche. There will be a narrow grout line all the way around niche that is created by installation of the metal trim.

Also took CX advice and built up bottom ledge of niche by aprox 1/8” only with thinset sloped toward shower (CX reccomended fat mud). This space is now a consistent 1/2” all the way around to allow me to place metal trim flange behind tile, and install ledge trim tile using 1/4” of thinset plus ledge tile to get everything flush and level (pictures when I get the metal trim and ledge tile in will help clear up this muddy explanation).

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Unread 06-10-2021, 02:42 PM   #137
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Niche and niche wall photo update…..almost ready to grout!!!!

Update photos of niche and niche wall. Shower almost ready for grout!!!!

Thanks again for direction on niche…..it was very difficult for me and I would have messed it up without your comments (CX, Dan, Jeff).

I’m very happy with how it is turning out. Couple little wide grout joint spots where niche trim meets tile but hoping grout will make those go away (or at least pretty them up).

Wife is extremely happy with the metal trim around niche….I even mitered the corners…….(a first for me). I have you guys to thank for talking me out of bare tile edge

Just a couple small pieces of tile to install at bottom edge of wall near baseboard and I’m ready for grout

Thanks again to all……have a great weekend and be safe out there!!!
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Unread 06-11-2021, 06:19 AM   #138
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Looking good, Scott, and if Mrs. Scott is pleased all the better!
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Unread 06-11-2021, 08:39 PM   #139
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Starting grout tomorrow…Top or bottom??

Maybe a silly question but…..starting grout tomorrow and curious if better to start at top of wall or bottom? Floor is already grouted.

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Unread 06-11-2021, 10:16 PM   #140
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Doesn't matter.

Might want to add a layer of plastic to the floor to catch your droppings.

If you start with a clean work area and quickly fetch the bigger dropped piles, you can recycle the grout back into the mix.

If your floor is dirty, or those clumps set too long, they get tossed.

Have you read the grouting tutorial some really nice guy wrote?
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Unread 06-12-2021, 01:56 PM   #141
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Wall #1 grouted

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Have you read the grouting tutorial some really nice guy wrote?
Thanks Paul!!! Really good grouting article by the way!! I had seen it but it did not address starting top or bottom. Thanks for clearing that up…..doesn’t really matter as usual I’m just overthinking stuff.

Got one wall grouted and stopped. I’m assuming it is ok to grout one wall at a time? Never really asked that question but that was always my intention.

If I was using normal Custom Polyblend Grout or similar, doing entire shower in one shot would not be a problem. However, as I mention in a couple previous posts, this Mapei Ultracolor Plus FA is a different animal. It sets fast and the amount of wiping and buffing amounts to about triple the effort/energy to get rid of all the haze. It really is a lot more work but the results seem worth it.

Having said that, I’m done for the day (grout not fully dry in posted pic….tough to get good full length pics in such a small shower room). The one wall looks good so far.

If anyone knows that there is a problem grouting a wall at a time, please let me know before I do my second wall tomorrow. If it’s a problem, I will suck it up and do the remaining 2 walls plus niche and curb together.

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Nothing wrong with grouting one wall at a time.
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Unread 06-23-2021, 03:31 PM   #143
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2nd wall grouted!!! Close to the finish line!!!

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Nothing wrong with grouting one wall at a time.
Thanks Davy

Took a week off to visit my Grandkids In Oklahoma (and daughter and son in law). Now I’m back at it.

Grouted second wall today. Getting down to the short strokes with only the back wall left to grout. Should be showering in this baby by the end of the weekend

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Unread 06-23-2021, 06:53 PM   #144
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Unread 06-28-2021, 01:09 PM   #145
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Almost finished photos…

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It's looking good.
Thanks Davy…..Much appreciated!!! I’m happy overall with the way it turned out.

Final wall grouted and here are a few photos of the almost finished project. Still need to re install fixtures and caulk walls at metal trim and baseboards. Sorry most are partial shots…..just really tough to get good full length pics in such a small space

I will probably do a final post with the fixtures and shower curtain installed. Will also include a list of things I might have done different and maybe reminder of some things to watch out for…..for those of you tackling same type of project or considering similar project.

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