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Hey, can we get some pictures of the whole thing completed? Any update on leak/smells, of the mold variety that is.
Went to homedepot to see if they have additional. There was none. I asked store associates about these tiles and got informed that they seldom stock as demand is not that high and explained the reason which is pretty much in line with what folks posted here: those are pretty cheap item and not known for its reliability, tend to peel off. For my case, may be I will complete it and see how long it last and if it starts falling off, I will think about something better.
 

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Not that I'm encouraging you with this, but did you check online to see if they can be ordered from somewhere (not necessarily HD)?
 

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i actually ordered online 6 of them with x6 in package. It was heavily discounted. However I had to return 3 of them as corners were crumbled and one of them flat out has already some liquid damage and was already peeled off in package.
 

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Hello there guys finally put the last patches and this is how it looks l. I ll see whther ig ll start peeling off and if so when

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yes that particular square one :)

actually got a challenge question here. If water penetrates through the tile and grout which is a great concertn, would not be easily penetrating through other potential places like like through shower and tub linings those does not looks water/moisture proof either. Also there are other potential moiseture penetrating places like when I replaced the bathroom light there were big holes i in the wall too.
 

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Liner are supposed to be water proof but grout has never been claimed to be waterproof.
I hope the light you are talking about is not subject to water like in the shower. Even the light in the ceiling over a shower must be moisture proof or shower rated. Any hole in wet area like bathroom should be repaired and sealed with paint as raw drywall is food for mold.
 

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Consider this whole project a temporary fix. Watch those areas for signs of trouble and prepare yourself to do it properly the next time. I suspect that it won't be long. In the meantime, go tile shopping:p
 

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I have seen this used back in the 60s over plywood and it stude up quite well, for a few years. The problem here is where they overlap you stck them together and the uneven backing with tile and grout may add problems.
 

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yeah that is what I was thinking when I was working. There are definite grout lines between tiles and when I put it I can see there are always small openings left which kept me wondering what i should do with it. I even pondered about applying grout along the edges but I dont expect it to work well either.
 

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Consider this whole project a temporary fix. Watch those areas for signs of trouble and prepare yourself to do it properly the next time. I suspect that it won't be long. In the meantime, go tile shopping:p
Long time away, came back to report what Nealth could have been predicting. Wanted to post an update: The bathroom job still OK visually, but unfortunately, starting last year, I had developed some minor skin issue (psoriasis like) and rashes around my back. I have been trying different treatments with with mostly no avail. So far I still consider lucky since it persists on small areas of my skin (around the back)

My doctor so far diagnosed it with "either 1. psoriasis or 2. environmental" factors. I have done pretty much everything could do for the "psoriasis" part and my body is muhc better than when it is initially bothering me but definitely still persist.

I am looking at possible bathroom mold growth as possible factor. Since I dont see visible mold (just minor, small blackened areas around the corner), looks like need to hire professional mold inspector to see behind the wall I did few years back. If that is causing problem, I think I am looking at major repairs the Nealth predicted. If that is case, I think may be will hire some pro-s to do the entire bathroom tile area re-done up to the standard as I have no longer time to do it myself. I am looking at what could be the potential cost involved on this type of repair.
 

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Thanks for checking back in. It's always good to hear an update on a previous discussion. Sorry to hear about your skin problem, but i doubt that is caused by mold. If so, there would be many, many more people with skin problems. Hey! But I'm not a doctor and this isn't a medical forum........;)
Costs for a bathroom project are hard to estimate here because labor costs vary so much from area to area. And even with this whole thread, we could not guess at the scope of the work. You will need to get some estimates from local contractors. With those numbers in mind, and based on what they tell you, folks here may be able to help guide you in the right direction.
 

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Thanks for checking back in. It's always good to hear an update on a previous discussion. Sorry to hear about your skin problem, but i doubt that is caused by mold. If so, there would be many, many more people with skin problems. Hey! But I'm not a doctor and this isn't a medical forum........;)
Costs for a bathroom project are hard to estimate here because labor costs vary so much from area to area. And even with this whole thread, we could not guess at the scope of the work. You will need to get some estimates from local contractors. With those numbers in mind, and based on what they tell you, folks here may be able to help guide you in the right direction.
http://www.mold-advisor.com/skin-rash.html
 

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i did some research while the skin problem and fungi overgrowth can definitely related by a mold, i think it is hard to relate and draw a clear line. more than 10 years ago, i lived in apartment where huge mildew were visible in the wall and i did not develop anything. in my new apt, i barely see any mold but this skin issue is very persistent. may be i got older and become more susceptible, or could be different types of mildew (there is a whole science in it), it is too many variables and moving targets. i am just looking at one possible variable in hoping to get rid of it.
 

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nope, it is a basic 1990-built condo which used to be apartment. It has no moving part at all, no ceiling fun, no dehumidifier in the bathroom, or forced air except one A/C unit in one of the room only. All heaters are spatial, convection heater in each room.
However I have store-bought small heater with fun and plus air filter/ventilation with fan (for summer month) and humidifier.

Whenever I take a bath during cold months, sometimes i close everything to stay warm till done and once done leave open both bathroom window and door in order for the humidity escape as quickly as possible, that could be trouble.
 

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