Last week I spent two days at a Schluter clinic. Talk about being schooled! I’ve worked with Ditra before, and knew the benefits of tiling with the product, but had little knowledge of Kerdi. Wow, talk about learning a thing or two. To begin with, Schluter did a bang-up job in providing all of the information I could ever ask for. I walked away with a 3-ring binder full of information, an ANSI Tile Council of North America code book, and a couple of Schluter installation CDs. On the technical side, I now understand why some tile jobs I helped lay years ago are now no good. I had ideas about why they failed, all of which I completely understand now.
Day one began with a great breakfast at the Dearborn Doubletree Hotel in Detroit. Then on to the 7 AM – 5 PM clinic. The instructor had decades of experience as a tile contractor, and has worked at Schluter for about 15-years. It was fast-paced, but we still had time for questions. There were about 60 of us listening intently to every word presented. Every time he referenced the product, we were able to read the TCNA code book and see how it applied to the ANSI code.
After lunch, it was the practical application of the products. They split the room in half and broke us up into groups of 2 – 4 crews. Ditra was first, but then each group was able to work with Kerdi board and wrap. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend dinner at Andiamo’s (very nice restaurant).
The next day was much the same as the first – more information and practical applications. The difference being, we were able to install a Kerdi integrated drain system. Talk about easy! Using the Kerdi-shower tray in conjunction with the Kerdi drain was a heck of a lot easier then laying a mud pan and going through the headache of everything else just to make sure you have a water-tight system. With the Schluter System, you can pre-cut everything, haul it to site on a bicycle if you wanted to, and be tiling the next morning. Talk about easy!
Oh, forgot to mention – we walked away with a set of Schluter trowels: one for Ditra and one for Kerdi, a Schluter hat, and 25-year Ditra tee shirt.
Unfortunately, no pictures to share (I was too busy).
Next time you see Schluter offering one of these seminars – go to it. It’s worth the time. Did I mention it was free?
-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.