Posts Tagged ‘mud bed’
Barrier free in-law shower in Lebanon PA. NuHeat installed in the floor. Marco Corona porcelain tile carries into the barrier free shower with a 68″ Kerdi-Line Drain located at the back wall. Crossville mosaics were used in the ceiling, feature deco and niche. Dome liners were used to terminate the tile. The granite used for the bathroom vanity was incorporated into the niche which is a trademark of JD Tile. A drop down shower seat was incorporated. SpectraLock Epoxy grout was used, 2 colors light pewter and raven. Glass frameless shower door.
Recently JD Tile took on what many contractors will not, a shower pan tear out and redo. For this project many contractors would have wanted to do a total tear out of the shower/glass block walls. JD Tile assessed the project to be a shower pan & bench tearout and to rebuild the subfloor and add new support where needed. Obvious moisture and mold were evident on top of the shower floor and underneath the plywood was black from moisture getting through the liner. A suspected lack of preslope was confirmed. Advised customer to stop using shower as moisture was feeding the mold to grow. Had nothing been done to this shower in a couple years the entire wing that shower was in would have been destroyed by mold. When measuring the pan for the size the tape measure caught tiles on the edge and pulled them up, saturation of the mud bed was obvious. The water had not only damaged the plywood subfloor but also some of the joist structure. 2×4’s and 2×6’s were added and new 3/4″ plywood was installed to replace the entire subfloor. The corner bench was removed and the customer wanted the same size installed. Solid piece fabrication was provided and fabricated by JD Tile to custom fit the top of the seat and rounded off for safety. Customer had previous tiles used to replace first row of tile walls removed in order to carry waterproofing up the wall to give a 100% pan seal effect with new kerdi drain brushed brass and kerdi surface waterproofing. New p-trap installed as well due to old one clogged most likely during the actual building of the home back in the late 90’s. One of the biggest challenges of a project like this is having all the right tools and knowing the structure of a shower pan throughout. JD Tile has previously torn out shower pans with a liner and lead pans. Here is the process from the start to finish. Laticrete’s SpectraLock epoxy grout was used and the same color in Latisil 100% silicone caulk was used to caulk the bench to wall seam.
Quartz recycling project patio deck in Annville, PA. Using quartz remnants from a fabrication shop, these remnants were cut down into 12X16″ tiles, using first a grinder with a tubo blade and on the wet saw. Cutting them down is a slow process as quartz is a very dense material which makes it easy for cleaning and removing stains, much easier than granite. These remnants were picked up and cut down into a specific size versus being thrown into a landfill. 3″ mud bed was installed first, followed by the quartz tile installation. Thickness is same as countertops, 3 cm or 3/4″. The previously polished sides were roughed up using a special cup wheel for a good bond. The top of the quartz was roughed up using a grinder to have good traction for walking on, then the surface was enhanced to bring out the color and lastly sealed. Hydro Ban was put down on the surface of the mortar bed to protect the bed and the tiles were grouted with SpectraLock Epoxy grout since this an outdoor project. I have secured many more remnants quartz and granite so look for more unique tile/slab projects from JD Tile.
This project in Blue Bell, Montgomery County PA, was one phase of a master bathroom project performed by JD Tile. This customer was on the John Bridge Forum getting guidance on his tile project and wanted to hire a professional to do the mud pan and to waterproof it with kerdi. We needed to connect into his existing drain, we did so using the kerdi drain with adapter. Mud work is a skill most DIY types can learn but this wasn’t the normal shower size it was 7′X4′. The customer was concerned about doing it all in one day and doing it right. He hired me to do the pan. I put the mud shower pan in on a Friday and I put the kerdi in two days later. Now the customer can continue his tile project knowing his second floor shower pan is 100% waterproof