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Unread 12-07-2020, 08:02 AM   #16
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Good call thanks, that worked great.
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Unread 12-15-2020, 08:27 PM   #17
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Hey quick question. I don’t think I have this right. I thought my existing flange would be high enough to slip the tile under, but it’s just a bit too short. Should I place something under the flange first before setting the tile? What should that be? Or just smoosh thinset mortar in there as I tile? Do I need to screw through the holes in the flange down to the wood subfloor ?
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Yeah, Chris, you do want that flange supported. Is there any vertical movement to it? Is the drain line cast iron, PVC/ABS, or copper? Do you have access to it from underneath?
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I believe the flange itself is either cast iron or brass and its soldered to copper drain. The drains in this house are all soldered copper.

The flange has no flex to it at all. But I'd still like to place supports underneath and then drill through to screw to subfloor. I don't have any access to it from below.
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Yeah, given the copper lines I'd certainly be leery of trying to pry it upwards more than a hair or two.

About all you can do is shim it tight between the bottom of the flange and the installed Ditra. HD, and probably Lowes, have composite shims.
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Good call thanks. I do have some composite shims in the garage
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The tiling is finally done. Man hex tiles were such a mistake. This is my first time tiling and it was really really difficult with these big hex tiles. There’s definitely some spots I don’t like. Inconsistent grout joints in spots, some lippage, not the best cuts. But I’m going to live with it.

I am putting in a white grout, Spectralock 1. How much will the grout help make some of these mistakes “disappear” into the field? Also FYI I made up a sample board with the grout to practice, this pre-mixed grout is legit. I don’t know a ton about grouts but it was easy to apply and dried really rock hard.
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Nice work, Chris. If we had a nice photo of that niche without the blue tape, I would add it to the Niche tread in our Alumni Photo Album forum.
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wow what an honor, thank you. Once I grout I will take a nicer picture.
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That's a whole lotta good, if hard, work Chris.

Grout will help disguise some of the spots you are less proud with, and a grout closer to the main color of the tile will disguise them better. How about a light gray?
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Here is the mock-up I did using a white grout
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Here are some pics after grout and silicone. There’s a great many mistakes and I tried to show the good with the bad for anyone attempting a similar feat. As a first time tiler, I’m happy enough and going to live with it.

Do I need to place a sealer on the tiles and grout? Any products recommended. It’s all porcelain tile, spectralock 1 grout, and laticrete latisil caulk.
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I would not use any kind of sealer on any part of that installation, Chris.

If you visit the Niches section of our Alumni Album forum you can see your handiwork permanently displayed in its correct orientation.

Nice work.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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wow thanks!!
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