Sheet vinyl vs. tile ??

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On Thu, 5 Sep 2013 11:19:55 -0400, "Ralph Mowery"

Not buying it. There was some reason the walls weren't drying. I had the problem in one house (tile and insulation fixed the walls but not the ceiling). I've never had mildew in bathrooms since. I often take two showers a day and always use bar "soap".
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On Thu, 5 Sep 2013 09:20:53 +0200, nestork

If the walls remain cold (insufficient insulation) or the room too damp, wiping the walls down won't help much. It's also a PITA to clean the ceiling every time you shower.
Like I said in an earlier post, I never run my ceiling fan and don't even have one in my other house. Never any mildew.

I use a tape measure and a calculator. If I'm doing a floor, I dry fit everything. The only time I back-butter is when doing repairs. It's much easier to trowel thinset onto the wall and then remove the excess after I'm done with that section.

So don't do that.

NOT a good plan. I don't see how you'll ever get a consistent thickness, that way.

If it's skimming over, you're taking too much time or it's mixed too dry.

Your doing something wrong. You shouldn't be back-buttering the tiles.

Maybe, I'd have to see it. Again, I can't remember if "subway tile" is normally offset 1/2 or 1/3. IIRC, it has a 1:2 aspect ratio, though. 6x8 landscape just seems odd. Like I said, I much prefer much larger tile, though. It's easier, too.

Either, but that's all I use.

Sounds like a *really* bad product. Ick!

In a bathroom it's not normally caused by a leak (though that's a sure way to get it, too), rather condensation. Specifically, condensation that isn't allowed to dry properly.

I use bar soaps (or detergents, really). No mildew. The mildew problems I have had are not in the shower, rather over and around it, where the condensation is allowed to accumulate. Tile really isn't a good substrate for it to grow.

IME, it's *far* outside the shower, so I'm not buying the soap theory.

Gack. I can't stand bathing in dirt. No thanks!

Not buying your reasoning. A shower causes much higher humidity in the room.

Fix the problem and you can choose your products based on personal preference. You have life backwards.
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On 9/1/2013 7:07 AM, Ivan Vegvary wrote:

Definitely vinyl.
I've got some vinyl in a family room that people always ask, "is this tile?"
I think that vinyl is easier to install than tile.
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