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In a jam - tiling tub access hatch - help requested

posted by: tsdiver on 03.08.2008 at 12:29 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I'm in a bit of a pickle here and was hoping someone could help me out. I did not clearly understand how the access hatch for the tub would work and look until just recently. Their plan, that I misunderstood, was to tile around the access hatch, but it would require small cuts and be quite visible. I had a vision that it would be hiding in plain sight. I would like to see a continuation of the large tile and be able to pull a section of them off as one (the hatch) if necessary. Well, progress has stopped until I get this thing figured out. Here is where we stand:


From the framing to the outside of the tile is about 1 inch. Here is a close up:


I am trying to figure out a way that I can attach the large tiles to "something," then attach that something to the frame. Clear as mud? I am hoping to define that "something" and how to attach the items.

In a previous thread, Mongo mentioned magnets or clips. Mongo, if you're out there, any specifics on this?

Also, any and all pictures of tiled hatches would be appreciated. This issue is due to my miscommunication and my misunderstanding.

Thanks in advance for trying to bail me out!


clipped on: 03.10.2008 at 01:00 am    last updated on: 03.10.2008 at 01:00 am

AO Chloe tile in very small powder room - yea or nay ?

posted by: flatcoat2004 on 01.02.2008 at 05:05 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Until now I had been planning to use a marble mosaic tile in my very small new powder room (4'x4.5', ~9' ceiling), but it just occurred to me that Chloe might work beautifully instead. I am going for a period black and white look. I sketched out some quick layouts, and I think Chloe as the field with a 1" or 1.5" black border could look fabulous ...

My concern is that Chloe might look a little busy in such a small room. I love the installations that I have seen in which you can only discern the dots, but I guess that would require using white grout. I don't know that I am up to the housekeeping challenge of white grout, so would prefer a soft silver. I am thinking about a soft grey or grey/blue for the walls.

Any opinions appreciated !


clipped on: 01.02.2008 at 08:30 pm    last updated on: 01.02.2008 at 08:32 pm

RE: River rock/pebbles for shower floor? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: shaughnn on 09.05.2007 at 09:17 am in Bathrooms Forum

Depending on the rock mosaic being installed, the joints can sometimes be too large for conventional pre-packaged grout and you need to modify things a bit.
Custom Building Products recommends adding 3 pounds of #30 (by weight not volume) Silica Sand to a 25 pound sack of "sanded" grout for joints larger than 1/2" but smaller than 3/4". Other manufacturers might recommend slightly different ratios but the function is all the same.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pebble mosaic path through slate


clipped on: 10.22.2007 at 11:19 pm    last updated on: 10.22.2007 at 11:19 pm

thinset and grout (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: mongoct on 09.05.2007 at 09:04 am in Bathrooms Forum

Oh, I never added (duh) the stones are set with thinset, just like tile. And they are grouted with grout, just like tile.

Some advocate epoxy grout for better water resistance. You can go that route, but your installer had better know what he's doing before trying out epoxy grout for the first time in your shower.

Were I designing this shower from the start and knew this type of floor were going in, I'd have Kerdied the shower.

Disclaimer: I Kerdi everything!



clipped on: 10.22.2007 at 11:18 pm    last updated on: 10.22.2007 at 11:18 pm

RE: River rock/pebbles for shower floor? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: mongoct on 09.05.2007 at 09:00 am in Bathrooms Forum

River rock and other pebble-type flooring can look great in the shower, and feel great underfoot.

You will have more grout, and with the slightly rounded rocks, there will be slightly more resistance to water flowing across the floor to get to the drain.

Water on the floor for a longer time and more grout to absorb the water?

If this is a traditional pan, then consider increasing the pitch of the floor by a bit to aid on the water draining.

Have your installer get your approval of the rock installation PRIOR TO GROUTING.

These rocks come in sheets. Some installers have a knack for installing them so they look individually placed, others have a knack for ruining the installation by careless placement of the sheets. You look at the floor and you can see the outline of the individual 12" sheets of stone.

As required, individual stones need to be pulled off the mesh backing and reset to make everything look okay.



clipped on: 10.22.2007 at 11:17 pm    last updated on: 10.22.2007 at 11:18 pm