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Old 06-08-2015, 09:57 AM   #16
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Old 06-17-2015, 07:27 PM   #17
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You do realize most here giving you advice are contractors, right.?
I do realize that now, and it's appreciated. I was expressing my frustration.

We'll skip to today, 6/17. I have put in phone calls to seven different contractors, most of which don't answer the phone, and none of them, yes, none of them, have responded. As I previously mentioned, good contractors in this area are few and far between. I haven't found one, although my mom in a different county was able to find one that was trustworthy. However, my job is too small for his schedule, which I understand.

That said, I'm still not able to contact the contractor. I've been in touch with a Skip Tracer, whose also stated, "It's extremely difficult to find a con man." The contractor was evicted from his home about a month ago, after being evicted from another home locally in January. I have no idea where he's living, but I've actually reached out to his relatives in hopes that I find one that doesn't like him. I'm still stuck, especially when I've been told the Judge will simply dismiss the case because he was unable to be properly served.

Okay, on to my plan for actually fixing my home. Where can I find a good video on removing and replacing tile? I need from beginning to end because frankly, I have no idea what I'm doing. I ordered the tile today, and will be getting started toward the end of the month. What kind of caulk do I need? Is it okay to use caulk for the entire project? What tools would you suggest using for the project? What goes behind the tile?

As I mentioned, I'm very lost. I appreciate any and all help I can get. I'm sure I can't do any worse than the hack I've already paid.
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Old 06-17-2015, 08:23 PM   #18
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and none of them, yes, none of them, have responded.
What about the guy that quoted you $850 ?

Might have been a good idea to talk to the installer first before ordering the tile. The horizontal tile with the bullnose may have worked better if it were a little taller (i.e in the 2" direction).

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Old 06-18-2015, 09:04 PM   #19
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I can't seem to get anyone to return my call. The contractor that stated $850 won't call me back, which is why I'm going at it alone.

What do you mean the bullnose should be taller? I ordered 6" length 2" height, which looked to be pretty standard.

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We will do our best to help you get this thing going---it's late and I'm to tired to be of any use tonight---tomorrow,I'll research a couple of threads that will help.

Look in the tiling section for long threads---JimF was walked through his first tile bath --lots of details in that one---see you tomorrow--Mike---

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We will do our best to help you get this thing going---it's late and I'm to tired to be of any use tonight---tomorrow,I'll research a couple of threads that will help.

Look in the tiling section for long threads---JimF was walked through his first tile bath --lots of details in that one---see you tomorrow--Mike---

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That would be fantastic! I'm not actually starting til the beginning of July because the tile won't be in til after June 29. That said, any and all information I can gather beforehand is great!

I read yesterday that the base window sill should be one solid piece, such as marble block. Is that true?
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A solid material for the window sill is always a good idea---most counter top fabricators will cut a scrap of Coriaan or Quartz material for a small fee--avoid natural stone---stone needs sealing and can be a staining problem---
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What do you mean the bullnose should be taller? I ordered 6" length 2" height, which looked to be pretty standard.
I mean I don't like all that exposed grout, particularly in a wet area. I would have done it more like the sketch on the right. 2" tile may be standard, but it does not fit your sill requirement very well. Perhaps you can find 6x6 with a bullnose and cut it down (suggestion #1 if you are going to do it yourself -- you need access to a wet saw -- buy a cheap one or rent one) I like Mike's idea about the Quartz material too.
Don't really like the sill up tight against the window closer and then stuffing caulk around it, but that's a tougher problem. Perhaps re-frame a little and put a 2" length of Quartz vertical, and then another piece of Quartz horizontal, sloped a little to shed water.
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I appreciate the responses, and SPS, I agree with your drawing. Nice observation!

Also, I noticed much cheaper manual tile cutters at Lowes. Will they work?

What's the best way to get a slight pitch at the lower sill for proper runoff?

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Here is the recent shower window I just did.

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You can likely use manual tile cutter. Much easier with the wet-saw, particularly if you have something other than a single line cut to do.

I would do the slope with the thinset.

If you organize your questions and post in the Tiling,Ceramics,Marble section you will get advice from tiling pros.

But I guess even a rookie noticed that one should start with a full tile in the center of window, and have 60% long tiles at either end, rather than ending up with a 1" long tile (turned sideways) along the run.

Nice work ddawg -- what material did you use for the sill and 3 other sides?
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sorry for your problem...the contractor should have better business manners...when a customer is not happy for valid reasons...we the contractors should stand fully behind our work...and i mean fully...even if means ripping it out and starting over.... you have been very civil about this..so Iam glad to hear your going to court hope the judge sides with you..but even if he don't .this guy may think twice about his business practices and not treat someone else like he has treated you ....best wishes ben sr..
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You are being very kind to call him a contractor. That was possibly his first tile job. Possibly the cheapest price jack-of-all-trades on Craiglist. The guy who wanted $850 just to fix it --- that probably was a pro.
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First, sorry to see your mess, in the many homes that I've renovated myself, I've done some minor tile work (usually a tile back splash in a kitchen, etc) but have always left the "real" tile work, especially something like a shower requiring a custom made shower pan to the tile pros and when I say TILE PROS, I mean the ones who do tile work for 100% of their biz, or close to it. I am picky as heck about tile work and although yes, there are those out there who will post the craigslist ads listing 18 different things, from carpentry to installing flooring to tiling who may be quite competent, I've found that the true tile pros are the full timers.

Now, my take on things is that in ANY contractor situation, it is often VERY hard to find ANYONE willing to come through and fix/redo someone else's mess, whether its an obvious total F-up like your mess, or even something simpler.

My question then is have you considered tearing it all out (I mean everything, right down to the studs) either yourself or by hiring someone to demo it for you (which shouldn't be too hard to find on craigs etc) and THEN having some of your local true tile pros give you a quote???
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My question then is have you considered tearing it all out (I mean everything, right down to the studs) either yourself or by hiring someone to demo it for you (which shouldn't be too hard to find on craigs etc) and THEN having some of your local true tile pros give you a quote???
That has definitely come up, but at this point, I'm more willing (and want) to do it myself. I believe it will be a good learning experience. I'm trying to get as much information as I can beforehand, but I think with current technology and yes, even Evan at Lowe's, it's definitely possible, especially for such a small project.

Either way, I still haven't decided on a date to start yet because with my work schedule, it's tough to get enough time to complete it. (It has to be completed within two days. This is the only shower in my home, and while I can take a trip to my girlfriend's house for a shower, it's just inconvenient.)

The question I'm stuck on now is whether I should use caulk or grout, and where. I've always been told to use grout on the flat, but caulk on the angles. What kind of grout do I use? Caulk?
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