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Unread 05-07-2022, 08:25 AM   #16
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Thank you both. That makes total sense.

Any recommendations for a straight board to buy at HD? Need it for a ledger board for first row of tile.
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Unread 05-07-2022, 10:45 AM   #17
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I prefer to use rips of half-inch plywood for ledgers, Eric, but Homer has some engineered wood boards (MDF, Particle Board, etc.) that will be straight and would be suitable in temporary uses so long as you keep them dry.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Unread 05-11-2022, 09:34 AM   #18
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How do you all deal with a 1/2” pipe nipple protruding through the Kerdi board? I have about a 1/8”-1/4 between nipple threads and kerdi board. Was thinking of sealing gap with kerdi fix before tile install, however that nipple will need to spin slightly when the shower wand is threaded on, hence breaking that caulk joint between nipple and kerdi board.

Maybe I’m overthinking it, but water will eventually run down kerdi board and get into gap, and then into the walls. I’m sure this is a very common scenario but haven’t found much on the forums for this?

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Should not your tile consume at least that 1/4" of nipple?
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Unread 05-11-2022, 11:39 AM   #20
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1/2” diameter pipe nipple. It protrudes about 1” from front face of Kerdi board. Tile is 5/16” so the tile will consume about 7/16” of that? Leaving enough for my shower wand to thread on (hopefully).

Outer diameter on my pipe nipple is .84”. I just ordered a Kerdi pipe seal for 3/4” pipe. Hopefully that makes a tight seal around. If not, I’ll still be searching.
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I use this style of pipe seal. It'll fit over the plumber's temporary plugs and then the finished product will fit in there when it's time but it will be a bit loose of a fit.

Not sure if that answers your question.
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Unread 09-21-2022, 07:39 PM   #22
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Hey all. So finally finished my bathroom remodel. First timer, so was a huge sense of accomplishment. You guys certainly helped.

Now I have an issue though. Been using the shower for about 3 months. Recently found the grout changing to be a yellowish tone (it was gray when it went in, see attached pics). Used Spectralock one grout. Just tonight I realized I never siliconed the joint between curb top and curb tile wall. There’s a gap where water has obviously been continually penetrating.

Am I screwed here? Or can I run a dehumidifier for a week. Seal the joint, clean the grout and move on? I’m a bit concerned about the grout discoloration. It seems to be throughout the whole shower. My wife seems to think it’s from some of the soap she was using? Fwiw, Spectralock one isn’t supposed to be sealed. I used a preformed Kerdi shower tray and did a 48 hour flood test before tiling….

Any words of encouragement or advice? Feeling kind of low after all that work.

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Erik, the discoloration could be nothing more than mildew and other gunk build up on the joints. I would try a thorough cleaning first.

Regarding that un-caulked joint; looks like you did the whole shower with Kerdi. I would let it dry out for at least a week, probably two, clean the face of the tile completely, as well as the joint as best you can. Caulk it with 100% silicone.
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