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Old 01-01-2018, 01:42 PM   #16
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Thats the disc I was talking about DR. It will remove the backing without really eroding the stone.
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Old 01-03-2018, 09:03 AM   #17
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At this point I am planning on setting up an area in the garage with 2 men and 2 drills with the diamond discs. We will remove the backing and stack all tile until it’s ready. This way we can use a traditional setting material. Which brand is unclear at this point so if you guys have a “go to” I’d love the info.

Next up is the 6 sided sealing process. My research shows that it seems to be only beneficial. I can’t find any negatives except time and money of course. If I am missing something please shine the light for me.

Completing these 2 prep items in addition to testing for a rather normal slab humidity and moisture level seems to be about as thorough as one could be.

Rarely have I come across a problem without a solution but even after all this work it’s still a wait and see situation, a “Vegas styles” game of craps, I am not much for playing the tables anymore.

More coming...

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Old 01-03-2018, 06:42 PM   #18
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Your on the right track Doc. Good luck and post up some finished pics.
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:16 PM   #19
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For a thinset, I'd suggest Laticrete's Tri-lite. Mixed to the medium bed consistency.

Are you planning on covering the slab with a crack isolation or uncoupling membrane?
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Old 01-05-2018, 01:02 PM   #20
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Steve - we'd recommend the following:
254 Platinum (white) and PERMACOLOR. You can use SPECTRALOCK only if you do a test area confirms that there is no bleeding of the epoxy liquids into the stone, called “picture framing” and it is not attractive.
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Old 01-11-2018, 09:00 AM   #21
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@sharon - thanks for chiming in. I will take a look at your suggestion.
Lou mentioned tri-lite which I will look into as well (thanks Lou!) What would you recommend for a thinset?

To the others, you bet, I will be taking a ton of photos and I will share them. You all have been fantastic
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Old 02-24-2018, 09:06 AM   #22
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2-24-2018 - Here is a quick update on things

The container of tile is sitting at the Miami Port with a scheduled delivery for Friday. I am drilling the slab for moisture checks this week.

I chatted with Laticrete as suggested. The process was explained as follows,

1. Level the floor and allow to dry
2. Come back with 2 coats of Hydroban (slab humidity Must be less than 75%)

3. Set tile with Latapoxy 300 (Assuming resin backing is in tact)

Once I get the pallets opened I will take pictures and share them. I want to see exactly what we have with respect to the mesh backing and make some decisions from that point.
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Old 02-24-2018, 06:21 PM   #23
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Is the marble gauged for thickness?
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Old 02-25-2018, 12:02 AM   #24
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If the slab moisture is within specs, had you considered using Ditra on the slab? It would offer a path for moisture (vapor) to stabilize, and protect from any moisture from below from being an issue. You'd want to seal the seams with Kerdiband for best effect.

That would require different mortars and likely would not work properly with the backing intact.
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:40 AM   #25
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Update (3-6-18)

The tile was delivered and loaded on site.

I drilled the slab for the correct depth in 5 test locations. Some of the holes were drilled close to exterior doors while others were in the center of main rooms. The sensors were installed and capped off for 72hrs.

This morning I went to the house to see what the little orange "do-dads" in the slab would tell me.....

Results as follows,

Slab Temp: 74-76 Degrees
Relative Humidity: 85%

All the sensors displayed the exact same RH. One of the locations had a slab temp of 74 degrees while all the other locations were at 76 degrees. I used the estimation tool provided by Wagner to adjust for the proper service temp of 72 degrees in the home since the Hvac isnt operational just yet. It shows a final RH of 84%.

I haven't investigated as to what this all means just yet, I was excited to share my findings with you all. If anyone knows how an RH of 84% plays into my equation feel free to chime in. I am attaching some photos below.
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