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Old 01-24-2017, 07:37 AM   #76
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Tiling continues! I have to give mad props to my Stanley Cubix self-leveling laser level. It's been invaluable during this process. There's barely a tile on these walls that hasn't had this laser pointed at it's edge at some point. Been keeping everything square and true and helping me with my slopes.

fyi, I've been using the Brutus LASH Tile Leveling Clips for my spacers. Thumbs up!





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Old 01-24-2017, 09:46 PM   #77
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A 1/2 inch inside pipe wrench is what you need to get that nipple unscrewed. They sell them at the big box stores.
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Old 02-07-2017, 04:58 PM   #78
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Wow!im so glad I came across this thread. Shower looks great.
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:22 AM   #79
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Tiling and grouting is done! We wanted the grout lines to blend as much as possible with the tiles (in part to conceal any imperfections in my tiling...of which there are several.) I used Mapie Flexcolor CQ in pewter. Stuff is expensive but it was super easy to work with and requires no extra sealing step. Instructions say initial sponging off should start in 5-10 mins--take that to heart Ďcuase it starts drying pretty quick and there were a couple of times I left it for more like 20 mins and it was a real pain to scrub off.

Also note that the grout scratched the glass mosic tiles when I tested it on a scrap piece I put together for that purpose. After some research I discover that the problem wasnít the grout per sey, but the hard rubber float I was using. I needed a softer one that wouldít grind the sanded grout into the glass as much. So I purchased a red rubber stucco float from Lowes (the softest I could find) and the problem was solved.

My question now is what do I do where the tile meets the ceiling? Paintable caulk? Silicone?


Just need to install the shower door!






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You could consider PVC crown molding where the walls meet the ceiling. You would primarily use silicone to adhere it and use pin nails to hold it while the silicone drys. Use whit silicone then you can fill in the pin nail holes with that. Alternately, you could also just caulk the corners. I would use latex rather than silicone as dirt tends to stick to the silicone. If it's not too late, I would consider tiling the ceiling as well. I have a painted ceiling in my tub surround and have always regretted not carrying the tile to the ceiling. Kids don't always turn the fan on, or they turn it off too soon and always shower too long. I have been occasionally scrubbing mold off the ceiling above the alcove ever since and now I need to repaint.

You did use tinted caulk rather than grout in the corners right? Grout will eventually crack there, too much movement in opposing wall surfaces in the corners.

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Old 02-09-2017, 06:09 PM   #81
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I'd be afraid of tile coming down on my head!
But seriously, the original fiberglass stall shower on the other side of the bathroom (which is still there) doesn't even go up to the ceiling. We've never noticed mold/discoloration anywhere. And I take hot showers; always steamy after I take one.

Arg! No!!! I just used the Flexcolor CQ everywhere. Was I supposed to use caulk in the corners?
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No mold, no worries on the ceiling. If there is grout in the corners now, I wouldn't bother redoing it. Down the road, you may notice cracks where those opposing walls have moved, but it could take years. They corner grout a lot of commercial remodeling jobs. They do this because it's cheaper to use the grout they have rather than buying caulk and tinting it to match the grout. Notice the tile work in a McDonalds or HD sometime. Often the corners are grouted and sometimes they crack over time.

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Sloooowly chugging along! Final deck poured; Durock installed; joints taped and mudded; and curb buttered. I just got done scraping over everything with my drywall knife to knock off all the little high points.

Next is 3 coats of RedGard, correct? Does everything look Kosher?

What about the seem between the Durock and the drywall outside the shower? I had planned on the tile to overlap this area, but does it still need to be taped and mudded?





Very impressive work.
Nice clean job of it.
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Old 02-17-2017, 12:22 PM   #84
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Itís DONE!!!

The shower door was heavy and tricky to install, but we managed it ourselves. Paid an electrician $200 to wire a light above the shower (I donít mess with electrical stuff.)

The most satifying part is that this shower is PAID FOR in cash. We bought materials as we could afford them and when they went on sale/discount (part of the reason it took so long.) Borrowed tools or bought them cheap at Harbor Freight. So we took on zero debt and owe no one. We havenít tallied up our total cost yet--may be hard to ultimately--but Iíd estimate it at north of $3,000 but definitely under $4,000.

Itís been quite the adventure. Thanks to all the fantastic people on this forum who answered my newbie questions and provided feedback. I couldnít have done it without you.

..now I just have to tile the rest of the bathroom.



our old shower . . . which will be torn out and turned into a storage/hamper nook:

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Really great job you did.
Fantastic for a newb!
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Nice job and I'll bet you're glad to have it done. That toilet seat looks interesting, what's with all the buttons?
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That looks great! Hows the shower holding up?

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Awesome...great job!
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hey guys. Shower is holding up just fine. A real upgrade for us. I'm about to start tiling the floor in the rest of the bathroom.

JimF, that is a Toto Washlet bidet. Had it for almost 15 years and never a problem.
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