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Old 06-28-2011, 01:41 PM   #16
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I use the fiberglass tape mesh and mix some thinset up and treat it a a regular dry wall mud. it will reduce your chances of getting leaks in those corner if the premix thinset leave an air bubble that breaks when drying, it just give double protection. I they tell you it doesn't matter, then they just don't care. I treat every job as i it were my house. It take a few more minute, but I sleep good at night.

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Old 06-28-2011, 04:36 PM   #17
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JUST SAY NO to premixed thinset for any reason.
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I'm not going to Reguard the pan, but should I Redguard the curb prior to tiling? thanks again, -- Taran
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Is the curb hot-mopped?

If so are you going to use cement to cover the curb also?
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Old 06-29-2011, 04:22 PM   #20
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The two things I paid pros for were--

Hot mopping
Pan and curb cemented

I've Redguarded the board, it's all ready to go, the cement/tile man said it looked nice and well prepped.

Now I wonder if I should Red the curb or if that is a bad idea? The old curb was so rotten it was marshmallow soft under the tile, so I would like to avoid that horror again -- thanks, T
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Iffin' it was mine I would Redgard it. I don't want the water to go any deeper than the tile adhesive these days. Probably will take two coats minimum.
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I will do it! thanks, T
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:08 PM   #23
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Don't do it 'cause I said so!!!!!!!

I said: "Iffin' it was mine".
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So, I'm nearly through with the tile. However, tonight I noticed that one of my rows is messed up. I am staggering 3 X 6 subways, all white basically with one row of black 3 rows up from the bottom. For some stupid reason, on one wall, I did not stagger the black row, and the effect is three unstaggered rows.
If I can re-do the black row, it will all be cool.

It will have been 24 hours tomorrow -- and I used a healthy amount of thinset.

Is there any way I can remove it without wrecking everything? It is 5 tiles, that's all... no grout yet. thanks again! Taran
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Try it and see, the longer you wait the harder it will be.
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I sent my wife in there this morning to "see where I f***cked up".
She couldn't. I told her to search. Five minutes later she spotted it. If it takes that long, I'm calling it "character".

It's low on the least noticeable wall. I'm not going to smash up my wall and start crying when I rip up the Durock or chip some other tiles.

I figure in 30 years, when some joker is demolishing it to re-tile, he'll say "look, some idiot forgot to stagger this row".

I'll be dead, so, who cares?
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Help again, please.
For my one inch hex tile on the shower floor--

Can I butt it right up to the wall or do I have to leave 1/8 inch gap?

For the pieces I have to cut around the drain, which is raised but just a hair lower than the tile, you will see some white ( the tile is black) on the cuts. How can I color that? Sharpie or is something better?

I know I'll have to buff those
cuts to soften them.

Would you use a square notch trowel or a V, which seems to put on a lighter ap of thin set?

Thanks very much, Taran
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Can I butt it right up to the wall or do I have to leave 1/8 inch gap?
Leave a gap. You never want to butt tiles tight to one-another especially when they meet at a change-in-plane. Gap it and caulk it, don't grout it.

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For the pieces I have to cut around the drain, which is raised but just a hair lower than the tile, you will see some white ( the tile is black) on the cuts. How can I color that
Caulk it.

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Would you use a square notch trowel or a V, which seems to put on a lighter ap of thin set?
The thickness of the tile will determine which trowel to use. I generally use a 1/8" square notch for that type of tile. You must be sure to spread your thinset evenly and comb it all in one direction so as to eliminate purging of the thinset. If the thinset purges immediately wipe out the joints with a wet sponge as you progress through laying the tile.
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All good advice that I will take -- thanks again! T
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