With so many specialized tile backer boards and underlayment out there, it's not crazy to wonder if it's OK to tile directly over drywall. I'm here to tell you it is OK. As long as you follow these three rules: If you can meet these three conditions, tiling over drywall is perfectly OK. Also, … [Read more...] about Yes, you can tile over drywall under these 3 conditions
Ditra-Heat-Duo is a great product as long as you use it properly. However, it's not unusual for people to expect this product to do more than what it's capable of. Consequently, that's where the disappointment comes in. Let's talk about Ditra-Heat-Duo and determine what it does well and … [Read more...] about Ditra-Heat-Duo: The Good, the Bad, and the Warm
Yes. You will need to insulate your concrete floor before installing tile floor heat. Please don't go to the time and expense of installing electrically heated floors only to have it heat the entire concrete slab. The questions are: Let's dive in! Why Radiant Heat Insulation is … [Read more...] about Do I Need Concrete Floor Insulation under Tile Floor Heat?
Installing electrically heated floors is not overly difficult. However, there are some definite do's and don'ts that you want to comply with. That's what this post is about. Ten sins that you don't want to commit when installing electric floor heat. 1. Not checking the resistance You … [Read more...] about Electrically Heated Floors: 10 Violations You Don’t Want to Commit
You've decided to add an electric floor heat system to your renovation. Only now, you need to know which of the following types is the best for you: This post will cover the advantages and disadvantages of each heat system so you can make an educated decision. Once you figure out which system … [Read more...] about A Look at 3 Types of Electric Floor Heat Systems
This post contains 7 real-world tips for installing Ditra. I'm a 25+ year tile installer and I use all of these tips when I install uncoupling membranes. First, let's clear up a couple of things: Here are the 7 installation tips: Ditra Installation Tip 1: Mix Your Thinset … [Read more...] about Use These 7 Schluter Ditra Installation Tips and Avoid Problems (in 2023)
Do Kerdi Showers fail? If you listen to some Youtubers you very well may come to that conclusion 'The Kerdi System wicks water and can't pass a flood test' is what they are claiming. However, I can prove the Schluter Kerdi Shower System works. Why can I be so confident? I, … [Read more...] about Is the Schluter Kerdi Shower System Failure-prone?
Curbless Showers have exploded in popularity. But did you know that there is only one industry-accepted method for constructing a shower with no curb? This post will explain how to build a curbless shower using the only industry-accepted method for doing so. What is a Curbless Shower? A … [Read more...] about How to Build a Curbless Shower: The Only Proper Method
Are you confused about why you need to spend $100 on a Kerdi drain when a clamping ring drain is $8? Perhaps your plumber installed the wrong drain and now you want to use the Schluter Kerdi Shower System? This post is going to tell you: Want to know more? Read on! 3-piece clamping … [Read more...] about Kerdi Drain vs Clamping Ring Drain: What’s the Difference?
This post is going to cover how to build a shower pan for tile using two different methods. The first method is an "old-school" method that has been used for decades and the second is a newer system that is simpler, and some feel a better design. Whichever method is preferred the important … [Read more...] about How to Build a Shower Pan- 2 Methods