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Unread 09-10-2005, 05:38 PM   #1
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best place to obtain kerdi

hi everyone - i am 24 years old. decided i like building/designing rather than straight designing. i just jumped in up to my neck and took out a huge loan to obtain a 3 story victorian brown stone in philadelphia. the shell is in great shape, very solid. the inside.... well there is a fake fireplace with a 2-socket outlet in it

i plan to gut it and install, among other things, a tile floor kitchen and 3 tile bathrooms, 2 bathrooms with tile showers. you will be seeing lots of littlefatdog around here as I think this is the best thing to ever happen to a newbie tiler like me. I have never worked with tile other than creating a few mosaics that were laid into cement, no skills acquired there. I have been reading these forums non-stop and I want to go with the Kerdi system for the 2 showers.

But i don't know a good distributor for it. I found a 32"x60" 'kit' for 350$ but that's about it.
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Unread 09-10-2005, 06:53 PM   #2
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Hi Fat Dog, welcome. You can order thought the site from the Tile Experts site. Click me this is the site.Very reasonable and fast shipping.
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Unread 09-10-2005, 07:34 PM   #3
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Welcome. I'm not entirely comfortable calling nobody a fat dog, even a little fat dog. How 'bout we git onna first name basis if you plan to hang around for a while?

MMike's got you covered on the source for all Schluter products. David Taylor of Tile-Experts.com will take good care of you and help you order the correct materials for your projects. He talks a little funny on accounta he mostly Canuck, but his English ain't bad.

I would also suggest you order a copy of John Bridge's book, Tile Your World. It will be a great tool for you as you get into all sorts of tile work.

And try to get in on the pre-publication version of the soon-to-be-released ebook on Kerdi shower building. You gotta promise to actually buy the ebook for ten bucks when it's released, though. And we got a guy name of Vinny takes care of lookin' after promises hereabouts.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Unread 09-10-2005, 08:53 PM   #4
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Welcom Fat Dog

Glad you found us here. Don't forget to check out the whurl famous Liberry. Jam packed with more stuff than you can shake a stick at.....though I'm not sure I should be shakin' any sticks around a guy named Fat Dog.
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Unread 09-10-2005, 09:12 PM   #5
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You Bowdark Skulls. Can't you see we're talkin to a little fat dog. Dogs wift little fat ain't fat. Don't pay no attention to 'em Buff Dog.

But they did git sumthun right. David Taylor at Tile-Experts is the place to buy your Kerdi and other Schluter Systems products as well. And tell him Mike2 said Hi.
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Unread 09-10-2005, 09:59 PM   #6
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ha ha - you guys crack me up. i got a little fat terrier, his name is jefe (heffay) means 'boss' in spanish. I did just order J.Bridge's book off amazon, comes highly recommended - but looking at these forums, i already knew it should. i am definitely getting the ebook too, 10$ is nothing when it comes to a job done right.
I got David Taylor's site bookmarked and I'll be back there to get some supplies when I get to that point. at least I have the Kerdi ends nailed down.
I am just going to keep on reading these forums until it starts to really sink in.

Oh and my name is Tom which i do go by. my favorite beers are yuengling and newcastle, but i'm tall and skinny not little and fat

nice to meet you all
oh and here is the outside of my future tiling project
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Unread 09-10-2005, 10:12 PM   #7
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Good looking castle their Tom. Should be a fun project.

We'll be here to help you along the way should you need it. And we'll be here to enjoy all the pictures you'll be taking of your fine work to share with the world - Tile Your World that is.
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thank you mike! I'm wanting to work something like this one i saw on here: thought it was pretty good looking! real functional too. lots of tiles tho'
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one other thing

for the other bathroom I wanted to go with smaller tile, to make it a bit easier on myself... and to integrate with this mosaic I found. Have you guys ever stuck something like this into the floor...? i'm thinking this one right in front of the sink worked in with 1x1 black tile on the floor, 4x4 around the base of the wall and then one step larger up to thigh level or so. okay no more questions, back to the studying - i am getting WAY ahead of myself
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Unread 09-10-2005, 10:44 PM   #10
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ok one last question, i promise. i cant tell a thing about tile yet, there by i mean i dont know how to judge good tile from poor quality tile. i found this lot near where i live for sale and was wondering how it looked to you guys
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA%3AIT&rd=1
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Unread 09-11-2005, 12:37 AM   #11
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Hi Tom,

Tile bought over the internet from someone's garage? Do the dye lots match? Is the caliper the same? Is the $67 this guy wants to ship 7 boxes of tiles make sense? They will weigh better than 50# a piece...doesn't make sense to me, but I'm no expert in shipping costs. Plus tile has a nasty habit of breaking when delivery guys drop it (You remember the opening scene in "Ace Ventura, Pet Detective" where Jim Carry is the delivery guy with the box that's being beaten to death?) That's how real delivery guys work.

Seriously, I would have to have assurance that the dye lots and the caliper were the same on all boxes. And assuming this 96 sq/ft was just enough to finish your floor, think about what would happen if a dozen tiles were broken. If they were insured, you probably would only get money to replace the dozen tiles....which would be impossible to replace. And you wouldn't have enough tiles to complete the floor, so you would be left with a bunch of tiles you couldn't use and a few bucks in insurance that wouldn't pay for your overall loss. For a small amount of tiles, I personally don't think it's worth messing around.
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Unread 09-11-2005, 04:35 AM   #12
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thats what i'm talking about: i have no idea what i'm talking about
i dont even know what dye lots and caliper measurements are. ok i could guess... dye lots meaning are all the tiles colored correctly (i.e. do they match each other) and caliper measurements... are all the tiles an even thickness? thats really just a guess.
i was going to pick it up, it would be pretty dumb to pay shipping on tile. but i think you're right, its not worth the trouble either way. i need MORE tile! with dye lots that match with guaranteed even caliper
thanks kurt
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