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Old 06-26-2013, 01:53 PM   #376
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Finished shower bench and shelf. Next step tiling!



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Old 07-01-2013, 03:06 PM   #379
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I'm planning on using 24" x 24" tile (cut to size) for the top of bench so there are only two grout lines. I'll probably offset a little so grout lines on wall won't line up to them.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:32 PM   #380
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Used Laticrete platinum 254 today and it is very different from Mapei thinset mortar. Will take some getting used to. Stuff is real sticky for starters which I guess is a plus. I am going to have to mix in small batches as it also seems to set up at a pro installer rate, LOL. I may actually get somebody to help me, first wall has the body spray cuts to make.

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Old 07-11-2013, 09:17 AM   #381
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One thing that should make tiling go faster is that the tile I am using has an adhesive plastic on the front for protection. So I can mark lines and not worry about it being permanent.

I am using DeWalt tile blade at the moment but it leaves very tiny chips along the cut edge, even if I cut slowly. I used the original edge for the front of bench since this could irritate the back of our legs. I think all the other cuts on outside corners won't matter.
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Ceiling and soffit completed. Grout and matching color sanded caulk. On to the walls. First wall has all the body sprays, so I have to cut and go! I am thinking of making cardboard cut outs of the opening size to save time.
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I had some left over acrylic so I made myself some cutout templates. Saved a lot of time. Came in handy since I had to back butter almost all of the tiles since I am using the levelling system.

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Here is the first of the four walls completed. This was the hardest with all the cutouts. Not sure how picture will look.

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For those people reading my project showcase, I highly recommend getting a 3 plane laser level. I can't believe I have done so much in this house without one! Tomorrow I will be tiling the opposite wall from the one completed, without a laser level I am sure my back wall would not line up to both sides.

I have not set it up to check my ceiling framing but I am guessing it will be off. So I will need to use laser to shim it level. Our design calls for mosaic tile at the top and if it is off it will show with an uneven grout line at the ceiling. Another useful tool is the Fast cap "Third Hand HD." They make an excellent laser attachment for it as well. It's the red pole in the photos.

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Had to stop tiling yesterday. For some reason the Raimondi Krick Krock levelling and screed started slipping under the weight of the tile. I got 4 rows of tile up when I realized something was wrong. I will now have to correct the shift in the the next two to three rows tomorrow. I am not sure what caused this since it worked fine for the front wall. Mixed mortar exactly the same... I do need to figure out what screed is supposed to be used since the one I have is 4" wide and Krick Krock looks like it would work best with something around 2"
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Deciding to err on the side of caution so will stop here on back wall. The slide down on the left wall is obvious when laser line is on and the misalignment becomes noticeable.

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Completed tiling of the back wall. I'll tile underneath the bench after the floor is tiled. One wall to go. I'm thinking I will need to do the inside of the door opening first then the wall. 45 bevel cut all the way around. Same as the front edge of bench.

In the home stretch, after the shower is tiled can close all the remaining walls, remove plastic film from the tiles then grout.

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This was very tricky, good thing I purchased the DeWalt wet saw which you can plunge cut at 45.

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DeWalt 24000S

Received a few negative comments about it from local tile supply stores. It was well worth it for me after those cuts!

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