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".
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
Your doing something wrong. You shouldn't be back-buttering the
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
Fix the problem and you can choose your products based on personal
preference. You have life backwards.
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