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Unread 06-04-2020, 02:58 PM   #46
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With Schluter system stuff, you really don’t need the lifetime warranty; if it leaks, it’s due to an installation issue, not the materials. Depending on your experience, the few bucks more for the Schluter mortar might be worth it if you don’t have to go out of your way to get it. They market a very nice premium mortar that’s easy to work with and has a decent pot life.
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Unread 06-05-2020, 09:54 AM   #47
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I will be setting porcelain floor tile with ditra. So I fall in the great debate of modified VS unmodified for porcelain on ditra.
Schluter wants unmodified, but if you use their brand modified it's allowed? Seems odd to me... Does theirs cure without evaporation?


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Unread 06-05-2020, 10:23 AM   #48
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Bryan, if you wanna use the Schluter products, you should follow the Schluter instructions. If you don't care for the modified v. un-modified debate, use a competitive uncoupling membrane that allows/requires a modified thinset mortar. There are several.

Or use the Ditra and whatever thinset mortar suits your fancy. Custom's Versabond, available at Homer's, will work just fine in that application at a very reasonable price. See my warranty information below.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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I've used stratamat with versabond in the past with great results.

Only reason I am looking at ditra with the porcelain is because I was seriously thinking about installing ditra heat in the bathroom (not the closet). I do see strataheat exists, but availability is more difficult.

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Unread 06-06-2020, 06:17 AM   #50
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FWIW, Bryan, I installed Ditra Heat in my recent-ish bathroom overhaul, and used the aforementioned Versabond for sticking both the Ditra to the Hardie backer on the floor, and the porcelain tile to the Ditra. No issues whatsoever.
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