Installation of Laticrete Linear Drain (Part 2)

72 hours. That’s the answer to your question. 72 hours. Three days. Your question, by the way, is ‘Now that I have my linear drain in and my shower deck fabricated how long do I have to wait before installing my Laticrete HydroBan to waterproof everything?’ That’s a great question! 72 hours. If you don’t […]

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Installation of Laticrete Linear Drain (Part 1)

The wonderful folks at Laticrete sent me a linear drain to play with. And you know me – I bastardized it until it was virtually unrecognizable, ran it through the paces and did things you really shouldn’t do with nice, high-end products like this. And it survived. Word on the street is that they read […]

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Tile and Stone Sealers (Part 2)

Proper Expectations and Applications In Tile and Stone Sealers Part 1 I explained how sealers work. If you haven’t yet read that please do so. It will give you a base understanding of how they get into your tile and what they protect against. It will help you understand what you’re looking for and also […]

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Tile and Stone Sealers (Part 1)

How they work Sealers, I’ve discovered since starting this site, are one of the most misunderstood products used for tile and stone. There are so many different brands, types and uses that it’s difficult to figure out what you actually need for your particular installation. So I’m gonna try to clear some of that up […]

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Waterproofing fixture cutouts in shower tile

One of the problems with waterproofing a shower is the fact that you NEED to have holes in it. The cutouts for the shower head, shower or bath controls and any other fancy stuff you saw in that magazine. The problem with holes in a waterproof shower is that they make it not so waterproof. […]

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How to remove a shower base

Ever get tired of trying to scrub that ‘white’ (it started life as white, anyway) acrylic or fiberglass shower base? Ever try to take one out? It’s stuck, isn’t it? Ever get tired of rhetorical questions? In order to create a shower floor for tile you must first remove that big, ugly base which seemingly […]

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Unmodified Thinsets – A User’s Guide

In my previous post about thinsets I explained what modified thinsets are and how they came about. That post actually started out as this post, I tend to get sidetracked by beer my dog. Unmodified thinsets, in one form or another, have been around forever. With the expanded use of modified thinsets, the unmodified version […]

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Modified Thinset – A Brief History

What is the difference between modified and unmodified thinsets? Which unmodified thinset is better? What makes a modified thinset modified? Why do you drink so much beer? These are questions I get asked a lot, along with ‘why is my dog on fire’ (because you used the incorrect product for a specific installation). Unmodified thinset […]

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Magnetic Access Panels in Tile Installations Part II

In the first part of this tutorial I showed you how to frame up your access panel and get the magnetic latches on it and all lined up. So right now you should have an access panel in the side of your fancy-pants tub and a box of tile just sitting there and laughing at […]

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Magnetic Access Panels in Tile Installations

See that tub right there? Find the access panel. It’s there. Really. When you tile around a jacuzzi or heated tub you need to have an access panel in order to work on the motor or heater or fix any problems that may suddenly appear with your brand new fancy-pants uppity bathtub. You also need […]

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Working with SpectraLOCK Pro Premium Grout

Anyone who reads my blog (and lets be honest – who doesn’t?) knows that I am a diehard SpectraLOCK junkie. For those who don’t know what that is, SpectraLOCK is an epoxy grout made by Laticrete. It is stain-proof, pet-proof, and bullet-proof! (Don’t try that, it’ll really piss off the wife…) If you don’t know […]

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Shower Waterproofing Manuals

I’ve finally gone and done something worthwhile! Well, that’s a matter of opinion, I guess, namely mine. I have written complete manuals on properly building and waterproofing your shower utilizing the different waterproofing methods. Each manual describes a specific method so you don’t get bogged down with a bunch of information you don’t need for […]

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