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    The "expert tile witness" is here. :) I tend...

    The "expert tile witness" is here. :)

    I tend to go along with what Jim said about small tiles on foam floors. I'm afraid I'm not able to add anything. :)
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    Scott, You won't find anything in prevailing...

    Scott,

    You won't find anything in prevailing standards that specifies "drain holes." Neither will you find and\y reference in the Handbook for Tile Installation put our by the Tile Council of...
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    Just tell us exactly how long you've been a tile...

    Just tell us exactly how long you've been a tile contractor, John. :)
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    Mold behind silicone only means the silicone...

    Mold behind silicone only means the silicone should have been replaced before the water got behind it. It's not permanent material. Remove the silicone, allow the joint to dry out thoroughly, and...
  5. Hi, :) I think you should be able to smooth...

    Hi, :)

    I think you should be able to smooth the concrete wall and then apply a membrane directly to it. I would make sure you're not getting moisture from the ground outside. You need...
  6. Try cutting a hacksaw blade into 3-inch segments....

    Try cutting a hacksaw blade into 3-inch segments. You can grip them with a visegrip type tool. I have also used a utility knife, but that old grout is probably too hard for that. ;)
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    I'll second Jim's advice. When you are adding a...

    I'll second Jim's advice. When you are adding a moisture/vapor barrier on an outside wall it's a good idea to "defeat" the barrier on the insulation if there is one. Having two such barriers could...
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    The edge of the floor is rolled partially up the...

    The edge of the floor is rolled partially up the wall. There is no practical way to use a sheet membrane over compound contours. Hydroban is an excellent product. I fully realize these statements,...
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    The Ardex certainly won't hurt, but I don't think...

    The Ardex certainly won't hurt, but I don't think it's needed. Schluter has tested the thinset seams over periods of time and under significant head pressure. They have found the maximum intrusion of...
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    Hi Keith, I can't tell from the pictures...

    Hi Keith,

    I can't tell from the pictures you've posted, but it's very possible there is no problem at all. If you are concerned, for example, about water wicking into the thinset you can see on...
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    Just tell the people how long you've been in the...

    Just tell the people how long you've been in the tile business. I've got just over forty years now, and I don't know it all. I've learned, though, that it's not productive to relentlessly run down...
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    Really. Tell us exactly how many. And while...

    Really. Tell us exactly how many. And while you're at it, tell us how and when you got into the tile contracting business. No, tell the others. I won't check back. :)
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    Use the small piles as Terry suggested. Make the...

    Use the small piles as Terry suggested. Make the mud loose, just enough body to allow it to stand up a little, no so stiff that is will not spread out. About ten piles under the base will do it. :)
  14. Hi Dan, Wedi board does not wick. Set it close...

    Hi Dan,

    Wedi board does not wick. Set it close to the lip on the receptor and caulk it with pure silicone.
  15. The best mud for this: Brick mortar that is...

    The best mud for this: Brick mortar that is slightly stiffer than bricklayers use. Make five or six mounds on the floor about six inches in diameter and four or five inches high. Arrange them so they...
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    Hi Brian, The most durable and longest...

    Hi Brian,

    The most durable and longest lasting tubs are cast iron. Unfortunately, they are also the heaviest. :)
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    Hi Tom, :) I worked in L.A. County back in the...

    Hi Tom, :)

    I worked in L.A. County back in the early seventies and haven't worked there since. All the showers I did were inspected prior to mudding, and they were one-coat over drywall or old...
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    It's not what you and others may "think." It's...

    It's not what you and others may "think." It's about what you actually know. Read up. :)

    Start with the International Plumbing Code, go on to the TCNA Handbook for tile setting and finish up with...
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    Plaster walls certainly are acceptable for...

    Plaster walls certainly are acceptable for Schluter Kerdi membrane, and so is drywall. Manufacturer's specifications always trump standards, and the code sanctions it.

    I suggest you do as Jim...
  20. Hi Morpho, :) Here I sit thinking you have a...

    Hi Morpho, :)

    Here I sit thinking you have a plastic shower receptor, but you don't like plastic drains. :)

    Plastic drains -- pvc or abs -- are fine. They will not rust and crumble like some of...
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    Hi Barry, Hi Jim, :) Miracle is one of our...

    Hi Barry, Hi Jim, :)

    Miracle is one of our sponsors, and they make some of the best products in the business. I'm not sold on spray-ons, though, maybe because I'm "ignert." :)

    Mapei is talking...
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    While there have been problems with certain mesh...

    While there have been problems with certain mesh backed products, by no means should they not be considered. If that were the case there would be few if any mosaic tile installations in existence,...
  23. I've been trying to ignore Whipple since we ran...

    I've been trying to ignore Whipple since we ran him off as a trouble-maker a couple years back. John is a DIY'er who over the past few years has proclaimed himself an expert in the building trades,...
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    Kerdi-board is now available in most major...

    Kerdi-board is now available in most major population areas at tile distributors and dealers. You won't find it at Home Depot or Lowes. :)
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    Hi, I don't know your name. :) Thanks to the...

    Hi, I don't know your name. :)

    Thanks to the folks who have referred our site for tiling information. We refer folks here all the time for their plumbing needs.

    Either outlet in the Delta...
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