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Old 07-01-2011, 07:03 PM   #226
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Hi Chris.

The reason I asked if you were using marble on the floor was only due to the safety factor. I don't know if you have ever tried to walk on wet marble, but it's extremely slippery.

Perhaps there is some sort of sealer you can add to try and alleviate some of the slickness, I really don't know.

Get hold of Bud Cline on the site here and see if he has any suggestions.

I did a job for a customer once and she insisted on marble tile on a step getting out of a fancy soaker type tub. Nothing I said was going to convince here to use anything else. Finally I said if I put marble on that step (the tub was set in a marble surround) I'm going to get you to sign a piece of paper guaranteeing me that you will use a foam backed piece of carpet on that step when you use the tub. She signed, I installed, and even then it was against my better judgment.
Since we don't have radiant heat and this house tends to be cold in the winter we will be using rubber backed mats I'm sure. Thanks for the concern.

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Old 07-01-2011, 07:17 PM   #227
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Since we don't have radiant heat and this house tends to be cold in the winter we will be using rubber backed mats I'm sure. Thanks for the concern.
Excellent idea, that should cover it nicely.

And BTW, looking VEEERRRYY nice!
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All tiling complete, will be doing final grouting tomorrow. Will post a pic afterward. I also started installation of the fixtures in the shower. Intuitively, I have to grout half the floor, wait, sponge it down a few times, then do the last half in order to keep from tracking on it?
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Tiling and grouting complete.


Will be putting in pedestal sink and toilet then taking a break.
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Project update.

I have place the sink and the toilet and of course this didn't go a smoothly as I would have liked. The pedestal if you install it according to the "instructions" will cause it not to be installed correctly. The instructions say leave hanger bolts 1-1/2" from finished wall when they need to be more like 1-5/8". Also, there is no clearance and was a nightmare to connect the P-trap while pedestal was in place. Had to loosen bolts take it out and assemble the p-trap and put pedestal back. This wasn't a solo project, good thing my wife was able to help. Will caulk it tonight.

The toilet is a Cimmaron with "Class Six Flush Technology." I am a little worried about how little water is used to flush, looking like a double flush to me. Not following the point of the low volume flush if it doesn't work. My first mind is not to caulk this toilet to the floor, since I'm thinking its going to get replaced with a Toto.

The tank lid was cracked in half when I opened the box. Irony is when I picked the items up from Lowe's the guy said they inspected everything. No they didn't! So now we have a 40 day lead time on a new tank lid.

I am waiting on more items to arrive to complete the install. The shower head diverter, rain shower head, mirrored cabinet and towel racks.
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Hello,

Your bathroom project looks great! I like the tile work very clean look. I'm curious about your shower pan. I am in the process of building a bathroom in our addition. I have purchased what I think is the same shower pan, a Kohler Groove. I am just about ready to install it and have cut the hole in the floor the same as your pictures. The problem I have is the shimming, It seems the front has to be shimmed up about 1.5" for the lip to be even on the floor. I can't cut even shims due to the odd placement of the OSB squares they have attached. Could you let me know how you went about installing your pan? I would appreciate any input you could provide.

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Your bathroom project looks great! I like the tile work very clean look. I'm curious about your shower pan. I am in the process of building a bathroom in our addition. I have purchased what I think is the same shower pan, a Kohler Groove. I am just about ready to install it and have cut the hole in the floor the same as your pictures. The problem I have is the shimming, It seems the front has to be shimmed up about 1.5" for the lip to be even on the floor. I can't cut even shims due to the odd placement of the OSB squares they have attached. Could you let me know how you went about installing your pan? I would appreciate any input you could provide.

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When it is resting on the subfloor does it rock? You only need to shim it to make it level. Don't worry about the bottom of the pan being even with the tiled floor. Leave a gap for expansion and fill with silicone caulk. The bottom of ours is at least half an inch below the tiled floor. I will post a closer detailed photo. I had the luxury of being able to see the hole from below to make sure there were no interferences. The OSB blocks should rest on the floor if they don't the cut out may be keeping it from seating. Will post a pic from below as well.
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Had a chance to take a shower in the new install. It is a very nice showering experience. I will need some help with the master shower, unless this is unavoidable. When using the three way valve you get a nice thrill from cold water left in pipes. I cannot think of any way to plumb so all water completely drains out after water is turned off. Valve only allows two things to be selected at once. I guess the other simpler option is to run all the ports before getting in.

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Finished the installation of the reverse osmosis yesterday. Drained three tanks and now the unit is in service. Water directly from unit has a lot of tiny bubbles in it, I guess they go away over time? Definitely improvement in taste! And this is at room temperature!

Those that asked why I did a double P-trap, well now you have your answer!
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This is the current kitchen plan, subject to change...
I would keep space above sink open... no cabinet... or a short one
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Your bathroom project looks great! I like the tile work very clean look. I'm curious about your shower pan. I am in the process of building a bathroom in our addition. I have purchased what I think is the same shower pan, a Kohler Groove. I am just about ready to install it and have cut the hole in the floor the same as your pictures. The problem I have is the shimming, It seems the front has to be shimmed up about 1.5" for the lip to be even on the floor. I can't cut even shims due to the odd placement of the OSB squares they have attached. Could you let me know how you went about installing your pan? I would appreciate any input you could provide.

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Groove after tiling and caulk, also view from below.
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Came home to find one of the Brasscraft "Push-Connect" fittings was leaking. Pushed it some more and it "appeared" to stop. Will need to keep eye on it.

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I am so envious of your bath! Mine would fit in your shower.
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I am so envious of your bath! Mine would fit in your shower.
Thanks! Are you referring to the planned master shower?

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