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Old 08-16-2011, 11:59 PM   #1
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Ok, now that my plumbing issues are done for now, and i've got my tub in, it's almost time to please the lady with some floor tile. I've done some research and watched some videos. I've got most of the stuff already and have access to lowe's, and hd. I have a wooden subfloor. Here's my list so far:

1) Mapei Ultraflex polymer modified mortar (lowes guy pointed me to this for both durock & tile??)

2) 1/4'' Durock board

3) Jackson Ridge grotto black tile (lowes)

4) trowell, cement screws, alk tape, spacer's etc...

I don't have a way to cut the tile yet, i need advice on that as well. I kinda want something maybe in a brick/subway pattern but i don't know if that even looks good on a floor or not? I'll post pics soon. Thanks!!




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Old 08-17-2011, 06:45 AM   #2
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Sounds like you are on track----staggering the floor tile should look good.

Tile saws come in all shapes and prices----Look for a used MK101 --nice saw.

There are a lot of inexpensive new ones,also.

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Old 08-17-2011, 10:14 AM   #3
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Yeah, i gotta figure out how to cut these tile, does lowe's cut tile for free? I mainly need straight cuts, i wonder if they could do that???

1) If i wanted a border, would i do that as i go or last?

2) I have wood base boards, would they look ok or would most replace with tile base boards around?

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Yeah, i gotta figure out how to cut these tile, does lowe's cut tile for free? I mainly need straight cuts, i wonder if they could do that???
I can tell you for sure that Lowes cuts tiles purchased there for free as I've used them (they've never asked me for proof of purchase but I'd take a receipt just in case).
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:51 AM   #5
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If you only have straight cuts you can get a tile saw for under $100 that will handle your project. Having a saw onsite will be more convenient than having to drive to lowes to get tiles cut. And you could sell it on ebay/craigslist afterwards if you'll never use it again.

Wood baseboards look good and are perfectly acceptable to use on tile floors. This is just a personal preference decision.
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I picked up a $200 Ryobi tile saw from HD a couple years ago and it has cut lots of tile on several jobs . My buddy is happy I bought it ... at least 1000 square foot of tile layed with whatever cuts were necessary. I have a related question but will ask on another thread.

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Old 08-20-2011, 11:56 AM   #7
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One thing i was wondering, what kinda gap should i leave where the tub apron meet's the durock? I figured maybe 1/4'', but i also thought atleast 1/8th'' maybe?? Thanks guys!
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tub to rock space is not critical---any gap is filled with mud as you tile--
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make sure you use this...http://www.custombuildingproducts.co...s/RedGard.aspx
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Good idea for the walls---not needed for the floors.
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Good idea for the walls---not needed for the floors.
The floors are going to get wet too. Look at it as cheap insurance.
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Water isn't going to be the issue on the floors, movement will be. Redguard will be a waste of money. I prefer using hardibacker to durock, it's easier to cut and work with. Only redguard the walls if you don't have a vapor barrier with insulation behind. Doing this creates a 'moisture sandwich' behind the shower. I always recommend tile baseboards to my customers, they won't ever wear or warp from all the steam in a bathroom. Beautiful drawing by the way, if you spend half as much time on the tile as the sketch, it will turn out great
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Thank's for the help guy's, BlueStone i'm an airbrush artist so that sketch took 30 minute's maybe. I thought of doing some more too!!

Yesterday i got the dorock put down on the floors and might try some tile's later tonight! Pic's coming soon!
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Message me, I'd love to be able to offer this type of drawing to my artsy customers...
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Picture time, here is the durock installed. We had a fun time doing too!







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