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ptraz 03-12-2010 04:07 PM

How long between tiling steps?
What do you pro's or semi pro's recommend for time between steps in the tiling process? I have my mortar bed in the shower completed and will lay the tile tomorrow.

How long for the thinset to dry/cure before grouting?

How long for the grout to dry before sealing?

How long before the shower should be used?

I'm sure the materials have some recommendations printed on them which I haven't read yet....just looking for some real world numbers.


oh'mike 03-12-2010 04:33 PM

You can grout the next day. Are your walls done already? I don't grout the floor till the walls are done.

Why work on top of a freshly grouted floor.

In a shower I use epoxy grout--no sealing is required.

same epoxy goes on the walls and floor--all gets done at the same time,--Mike---

ptraz 03-12-2010 05:38 PM

I do have one row of wall tile to do and the floor. I wil do the wall tile first. This was a redo of a shower pan that was done completely wrong by someone else.

oh'mike 03-12-2010 06:01 PM

I remember the post---How did the mud pan work for you? I've done a bunch over the years.
They still make me nervous. Never had a problem--but it is a pain trying to get the pitch even.

The one I did last week was the best so far--I dragged a cement mixer to the job--the deck mud had a perfect consistency.I may make that a standard practice.

If you use cement grout--wait a week or two to seal it. I have little faith in sealers,I believe that they are more of a "feel good"thing than a real useful product.

If you can talk these folks into spending the money--Spectralock epoxy is a good product.

Figure about $100.00 it do a tiled shower.

EDIT--for just the pan and one row of tile--a $25.00small unit will do.

ptraz 03-12-2010 07:13 PM

The mud pan worked out well. It appears to be pretty uniform and sloped properly. The curb was the scary part but also turned out pretty good I think for my first one. I'll get some pics tomorrow before the tile goes on.

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