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Old 12-08-2012, 01:47 PM   #16
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Regardless if you are completed or not you will still be the hero in her eyes. Its a great idea and a fantastic surprise for her. Very thoughtful. I hope she doesn't find out early.

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during prep and before putting tile down screw down the subfloor good so there is no possibility of squeaks and cracks later..
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Good luck. I wish you the best of luck. I am just finishing up my bathroom Reno and it has taken me a lot longer than I anticipated and I have done a bathroom remodel once before. I thought I knew what to expect but, the mess I found when I opened walls, etc was not something I expected.
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Day 1 is done. I got in about 7 hours of work with a couple set backs, but in the end I finished on or even a bit ahead of schedule.

Demo is complete and the new tub is installed. The floor tile was a real PITA to get off! I beat the living hell out of my wonder bar but in the end I won. Took about an hour just to remove the floor tile. The wall tile was easier. I took my sawzall and cut through the bulkhead, right through the ceramic tiles, dry wall, cement board, and framing. Then I just ripped the ceiling down, after that I could get my hands behind the cement board on the walls and I just pulled it off in 4 big pieces. Tub popped right out.

The best news is that I got to start one day sooner than planned. My decided to take the kids to the inlaw a day earlier.

Plumbing, because the tub is so much deeper I had to move the thermostatic valve up about 6 inches, and because I took out the dropped ceiling the shower valve is now 6 inches higher, and I'm for sure happy with this because I'm 6'2". I raised everything but putting in sections of 5" copper pipe and joining them with shark bite fittings. I know that I'll take some flak for this but I'm just not confident in my soldering skills. Also shark bite fittings pass code here, even for natural gas. Good enough for gas, good enough for the chicks I went with.

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Forgot to mention.

Tomorrow's agenda. Install cement board, kerdi membrane, and the ditra floor membrane. Then I'll head to home depot for paint and some dry wall repair stuff. I'll likely assemble the vanity and figure out how I'm going to run the drain for the sink, right now it's coming out of the side wall, so I'm thinking of lowering it just below the vanity and then running it on the outside of the wall to the back of the vanity, wont be visible unless you're laying on the floor.
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Day two is complete. The day started late, again, around noon. Ended up having to go to work for a bit. I also took a couple steps backwards before I started to make some progress.

I decided to pull the tub out, it wasn't perfectly level, I thought it was good enough but I didn't want to finish this project and then say: huh... good enough sure sucks. So the tub came out, then I decided to redo the drain plumbing, I had just scabbed some pieces together to extend the drain and over flow but opted for a $17 kit today and made it look all perfect and fit even better.

The tub is now in for the count, stainless screws into the studs and all. Then up went the cement backer board, tough to do when you're solo. Got it all done and then dropped the ceiling 1.5", I'll finish the front with mosaic tile. Then came the real challenge. The kerdi membrane... Oh my, youtube makes it look so simple.

The first sheet was close to a disaster, but I believe I salvaged it. A little dry on the mix + cement board, well the thinset was drying pretty quick and I was moving as fast as I could. The other two walls were much better, I had a little wetter thin set and then I pre-wet the walls with a sponge, I felt like a pro.

Then I did the ceiling, humbled again in my thinset shower. But it's done, looks like it'll keep the water off the walls. That is all I managed to do today. Tomorrow I will start tiling the tub walls. I figured I finished the kerdi about 8pm so tomorrow by noon should be good to tile? 16 hours give or take. I'm hoping to get the shower walls done tomorrow, if I get the ceiling done too I will be very happy.

On another note, I'm tired.

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You'll get it, just keep jumping those hurdles and keep us updated how it goes.
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Any chance you fly for a living superjett?
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Nah, last name is Jett and I used to ride a Yamaha Super Jet (standup jetski). I have 4 friends that fly for UPS, does that count?
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4 friends for UPS, that's a good gig. I'm a captain at an airline in Canada, pretty solid job.
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Tiling my shower has now become my Everest. Wow, new respect. After almost 6 hours of work I'm almost %30 done. I'm at the point where I'm going to put my first band of mosaic. I needed to stop for dinner and to walk to dog. I'm hoping to get most of the tiling done in the bathtub today, but I sure am glad I got a 1 day head start.

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Tile looks good for someone who's never done it before.
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Well I got a bit of a second wind after dinner, managed a couple more rows including the first row of mosaic tiles. I think it looks pretty good so far. Thoughts? Any tips to help speed things up? I'm thinking realistically the tub will be done tiling by tomorrow afternoon, I'm pretty tired.
I also managed to get the front wall up to the same point as the rest. Everything is pretty much dead level and the spacing looks real good. My luck they'll all fall off over the night!

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