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Old 09-28-2012, 12:49 PM   #1
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While not as ambitious as some of the other projects here, this is my latest project that I have managed to begin after the birth of my son

I moved into a new house and there was this odd 14'x14' porch that just didnt work..see below...




My simple plan was to tile this and with the help of this board, i found some porcelain tile and some confident to begin



Looks bigger without all the junk on it

Here's the underlayment - unmodified thinset between the slab and ditra:



The kid thought the spacers were great fun!

I've actually got all the tile in place now and just need to grout as the weather has not been permitting. . .

Here's the field ready for grout (and a good scrubbing)




So here's the final project (for this year). I need to paint the foundation a little where the builder didnt paint and put some stain on the stairs which will be replaced next spring. I also noticed my ffront center trim tile is off a little... going to keep it for now but it will probably have to fix it next spring.






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Old 09-28-2012, 09:58 PM   #2
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Best thing about kids like that is they don't need knee pads.

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I like it. What did you use for thinset? Are you worried about the freeze/thaw cycles?
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I like it. What did you use for thinset? Are you worried about the freeze/thaw cycles?
This should generate some replies....

I used CustomBlend Unmodified Thinset (yes, I've read both sides of the CustomBlend debate and still chose to use it) both between the slab and ditra and the ditra and tile.

I installed both the ditra and the tile according to both manufacturer recommendations and am comfortable with the risk associated with freeze/thaw cycles. I talked to a lot of professionals - some said it would work, some said it would not. Who do you believe? I guess time will tell - how else do people like me gain experience aside from just doing it?
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Ok what was your "CustomBlend" unmodified thinset? I want to do this exact project on a front porch with steps and just don't want it breaking this winter...if it makes 2 winters I'll be ok with that.
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Ok what was your "CustomBlend" unmodified thinset? I want to do this exact project on a front porch with steps and just don't want it breaking this winter...if it makes 2 winters I'll be ok with that.
that's the brand name from Home Depot.

I'm like you. If it last a few winters with some minor repairs along the way, I'll be happy... see above for the finished project
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Good deal. How about any surface prep of the concrete, or just a good wash?

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