One Week since I Rode

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I can’t believe it has been a week since I rode last.  That was in Seattle and I haven’t even put my bike together yet.  It’s sitting in Vincent’s garage in the bike bag still.

Man, does a week go super fast.  Actually, now that I think about more, it seems like it has been a super long week.

It’s pretty usual that snow sits a week on the ground,  the front range here in Colorado, especially in November.   That maybe isn’t the only reason I haven’t ridden.  Well, yes it is, now that I think about it.  I could always take a couple hours out of the day to ride.  Plus, I have much more energy when I ride some during the day.

I’ve been following the Jingle Cross results a little.  I can barely stand it.  It is probably my favorite cross weekend of the year.  If you’ve never been there, then you should sometime.   Brian Matter looks to be going great, after his Iceman Cometh win, finishing 3rd and 5th so far.

I got a little bummed when I got an email with a Strava alert and it said that Ned Overend road the 2nd fastest lap somewhere in New Mexico.  I clicked on it and, yep, Ned must be racing cross.  Makes me jealous.

Yesterday went pretty badly, construction-wise.  I was screwing up the backer board most of the morning, with the intention of tiling later.  I don’t know what happened exactly, but the tiling never got started.  We ate a super dinner that Lisa cooked, some pesto stuffed chicken, and then went downstairs to tile.  I had planned to work late into the night, but that didn’t materialize.

I mixed up a bunch of thinset, let it sit while I was measuring the floor for tile.  I marked a few tile to cut around the drain and when I went to use the tile saw, it wouldn’t start.  Nothing.  Man, that put a huge dent in the job process when the tile saw doesn’t cut tile.  Like it comes to a standstill.

Vincent proceeded to to disassemble the tile saw and found that it was missing a brush, so he couldn’t fix it because he didn’t have the appropriate brush sitting around.

So, I took the batch of thinset and put down some Ditra membrane, which supposedly keeps the tile from cracking, something like a slipsheet.  I’ve never used Ditra, only cement board, but we are tiling a cement floor, so putting concrete board down would be redundant I guess.

Vincent came back with a new tile saw this morning, so the coast is clear to actually make some progress.

I hope to watch some of the Superprestige Asper-Gavere, on video later today since I missed it live this morning.  Don’t tell me who won.

The shower is ready to tile now.

The shower is ready to tile now.

Messin' around with the floor layout.

Messin‘ around with the floor layout.

I didn't want to waste a bucket full of thinset, so....

I didn’t want to waste a bucket full of thinset, so….

I put this Ditra membrane down with it.

I put this Ditra membrane down with it.

5 thoughts on “One Week since I Rode

  1. BJ

    Can’t tell from the photos, but make sure you’re using an unmodified thin-set mortar for ditra on concrete (looks modified?). It’s also mixed “wetter” than normal tile setting consistentancy. Great product BTW.

  2. Bee

    Was the overhead floor structured to support all this additional load?
    Jingle cross is a fun event, particularly with this bizarre weather.

  3. Steve Tilford Post author

    BJ-Unmodified thin-set. And it was pretty soupy.

    Bee-No idea about the overhead floor sturcture. That is a good question. Everything hangs from the floor joists here in Aravad, and all of Denver. So the walls, the drywall, the cement board, tile, etc. all are hanging. I have no experience with this type of framing, so I don’t know the answer. All I know is that all the inspectors that have come by seem good with it.

  4. NJRoadie

    Are you waterproofing the walls and pan? It looks like it is just cement board on the walls. Current practice calls for waterproofing the walls and base before tiling.

  5. JB

    What type of tile is going in the shower? I put travertine on the walls and slate on the floor in our shower; and I don’t think I’d put natural stone in a shower again. It’s hard to keep clean and the slate is delaminating some. I’ve tried cleaning it and stripping off any sealer (w/some nasty chemicals) and then sealed it with the best stuff I could buy – that lasted a couple of months…


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