River Rock Tile 

Home Repair-Bathroom Upgrade-Shower Pan River Rock Tile #1 by Acorn Maintenance Repair

Now that River Rock Tile was one of those jobs that’s got you thinking “what have I gotten myself into”. However, Acorn M/R got it done with no problem.

Firstly, all of the black rock needed to be removed. We brought out the Electric Chisel Hammer and went to town. Meanwhile, we discovered that the concrete underneath never cured properly. The concrete should have been solid, not soft like sand. Therefore, all of the material was removed. We achieved a seamless finish with the new Ardex SD-P Fast-Setting Patch.

Where I went wrong

Now that the shower pan is complete, it’s time to lay some tile. Later, I realized the river rock doesn’t seem to be holding well in my mortar. Thinking for a bit I decide to stop and let it sit overnight. I come back the next day and three rocks come off with ease. I can’t help but think ” what have a gotten myself into”. So my colleague and I ponder for a while on what would be the best approach from here. I decide to tear it all out and start over-explaining to my customer the situation.

Later, we discovered that the glue used to attach the River Rocks to the mesh breaks-down when it gets wet. After finding this out, I had no choice but to rip every rock off the mesh. In addition, the glue was cleaned off each rock and applied one by one. It took two days alone to install the rocks, however. After the rock was installed, it was time to start applying grout. The grout went smooth like a Dionne Warwick track playing on the radio. Meanwhile, I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. This job turned into something I wasn’t expecting but we never lost focus on what needed to be done.


The job came out beautifully but most importantly, the customer was happy. At the owner’s request, I went ahead and installed the River Rock around her tub. It flowed beautifully with the shower. In conclusion, the bathroom is complete and another happy customer brought to you by Acorn M/R.

River Rock Photos