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Unread 01-20-2007, 07:03 AM   #1
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Dan's Mosaic Bathroom

I've been working on this bathroom for several weeks now, but haven't started a thread because most of my questions have been answered in other threads.

I'm using Hatakai 3/4", mesh-backed glass mosiac tiles. I'm installing them on every flat surface in the room - ceiling to floor. I'm using a Tile-Redi shower pan. The shower, ceiling, and most of the walls are Hardibacker (over kill outside of the wet area I realized, but what's done is done). The floor is a concrete slab with 40 year-old asphalt (I think) tiles removed and cutback scraped. I'm using some MegaFlex, but mostly MegaLite white thinset.

Today's question: The Tile-Redi shower pan comes with Latapoxy 300. I'm getting ready to use it today. Any tips or suggestions regarding this product?
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Unread 01-20-2007, 07:36 AM   #2
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Unread 01-20-2007, 10:43 AM   #3
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If you have never used the Latipoxy it is brutal for a first timer. I would recommend laying out and numbering your mosiacs first so you have a head start. You have a really short working time so if you have a plan of attack it will go much smoother.

Don't forget to use sandpaper and rough up the pan first.

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Unread 01-20-2007, 06:19 PM   #4
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The tiles are down on the Redi-Tile pan. I'm sure it's a great product, but if I never have to use Latapoxy 300 again, it will be too soon. Going back to the Megaflex on the rest of the bathroom will be heaven.
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Unread 01-20-2007, 06:45 PM   #5
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Hi Dan, how many tiles ya got there? Lemme guess 15,468.
Looks great so far!
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Unread 01-20-2007, 06:55 PM   #6
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Thanks, Mike. I have as many tiles as Foghorn Leghorn has feathers.
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Unread 01-21-2007, 07:50 AM   #7
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One more epoxy question

I was too tired to think about this yesterday, but now I'm wondering...

I know I went beyond the stated pot life of the Latapoxy 300 while tiling my pan yesterday. I figured at the time that as long as I could move the stuff I was still OK to use it. Is there a chance that I created some trouble for myself down the line for exceeding the pot life?
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Unread 01-21-2007, 09:58 AM   #8
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Hi Dan, I would say as long as they stuck to the mud you should be fine.
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drain too high

Now that my tiles are set in my Tile-Redi pan, I have a problem. It seems that the drain was not designed to accomodate tiles as thin as mine are - the drain is too high. I have screwed the thing down as tight as I can without breaking it.

Here's what I propose to do. Skim over the existing tiles with white MegaFlex thinsest, making sure that the grout lines are filled and my surface is reasonably flat. After it's dry, trowel out More MegaFlex with the V-notched trowel I've been using, and lay new tile right over the top.

Does this sound like a good plan? It preserves my existing slope, and adds enough height to make the top of the drain the low point in the pan.
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Unread 01-22-2007, 05:37 PM   #11
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Someone will be along shortly what knows their business. I just have to say DAMN again at that bathroom -- looks great. Bummer about the tile thickness, but my gut says that if you got good coverage underneath the current glass tiles, you might be okay going over them for another layer. You'll have to use something that sticks well to glass though and I think that will be the crux of it -- not sure if Megaflex will adhere well to the TOPS of the tile as well...
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Unread 01-22-2007, 07:40 PM   #12
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Hey Dan,

Fantastic job. Wanna finish mine??? The white part that screws in doesn't look like it's all the way down. I would email that picture to the folks in Florida and ask them. I really don't think mine stuck up that much from the pan. I have an extra one if you want me to send it to you. Send me a PM if so. My fist pan broke during shipping and they had me take it to the dump. I kept the drain piece just in case I screwed it up.
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Unread 01-22-2007, 08:38 PM   #13
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That is some amazing tile work. Love the color of the tiles! I thought my hex tile floor was rough to do!
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Unread 01-22-2007, 09:21 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the kind words! I admit it does look pretty good - in the pictures that I choose to show you

Marcus, you hit on one of my main concerns. I need to get something to stick to the top of these glass tiles. Fortunately (I hope), they are not as smooth as glass can be. They appear to be somewhat fibrous. I'm also counting the tile-to-grout-space ratio working in my favor.

I sure would like to hear from the pros on this though.

As far as I know, this is just a standard drain assembly. But I can't get it to screw down any further. In fact, I'm having trouble unscrewing it now. I greased the threads with Vaseline to make this easier, but it's not. I was also very careful to protect the threads when I was using the epoxy thinset, so I know that's not part of my problem either.
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Unread 01-23-2007, 07:47 AM   #15
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OK, I found a cutaway image of my drain. It turns out I'm not crazy for being unable to get the drain lower. Half inch is as low as she goes on the spec. I got mine down to almost 1/4", but it's still too high.

I need to do one of two things: I have to raise the level of my tile, or find some way to get a lower drain.

Does anyone see a problem with my plan as outlined in post 9 of this thread?

FYI: The drain is made by Plastic Oddities, Inc., part PFG600.
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