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Old 11-23-2010, 04:38 AM   #1
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So it all started when my wife told me the tile that was on our kitchen countertop when we moved in a few years ago was starting to loosen up.

After some Internet self-education I discovered the tile was grouted over laminate and whoever did it used the wrong type of grout.

I know nothing about tile but I figured I could do some reading and re-do it myself with new tile and the right grout.

It took quite a while and the kitchen was in disarray for quite a while. It ain't perfect but the job came out OK and I saved a bundle.

Yes sir, I was a proud man ... for about two weeks.







As you may have already guessed, the tile above the dishwasher door hangs to low and prevents the dishwasher door from opening. I have to get rid of about 1/2" of it. And I mean the stuff that overhangs the the damn dishwasher door.

It'll look like crap but I sure as hell ain't gonna try to even it out all around the damn countertop!

I'm afraid if I try to cut it, it's going to crack and break.

I suppose I could grind it but the dust will be crazy and we'd have to take every dish out of every cabinet and seal the cabinets and drawers.

And all the electrical appliances on the countertop, toaster, food processor, microwave, rotisserie etc. would have to go somewhere and I just know the fridge vents would get clogged with dust.

And with my luck I'll end up with some exotic lung disease.

The kicker is it's just me and my wife here now and we never, and I mean never use the dishwasher anymore.

But we do run it once a month or so to keep the hoses from drying out. That's how my wife discovered it about two weeks after I finished.

I was pretty proud of myself and the job I did on the countertop. Now I just feel like a dumb ass.

When my wife pointed out the snafu I stood there with my hands on my hips just staring at the effin overhanging tile and muttering some rich obscenities until she she came over and hugged me from behind and said, "It's ok husband. I still love you." And then she giggled and walked out of the kitchen.

I was thinking of using a dremel to drill a series of small holes very close together in a (hopefully) straight line and gently chiseling off the overhang and then smoothing it out.

Circular saw with a diamond blade maybe?

Then I thought maybe I could use a straight edge and run a good glass cutter over the line I need to cut a few million times and tapping off the excess and smoothing it out.

But I relaize these are just the scattered thoughts and ramblings of a desperate man.

Does anyone have a relatively simple solution to this little mess?

Thanks,

Mike


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Old 11-23-2010, 06:11 AM   #2
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Grinder with a shop vac to minimize dust? That is how I would do it.

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Do you have any extra tiles? Bust the whole piece out and replace it with a new one. Otherwise the shop vac to catch the dust is the best idea. Just make sure you use a bag in the vac.

If the tiles are hanging down along the edge with no suport be prepared to be replacing them. I can see them snapping off easily if they get hit.
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Ya know, you can cut tile by scoring it and breaking it off without having to use a power tool.
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No power tools?!!! What fun is that?
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Well... more fun than cleaning the kind of dust you get trying to dry cut tile with a diamond blade!
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Ya know, you can cut tile by scoring it and breaking it off without having to use a power tool.

This sounds interesting. What would I use to do the scoring?

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This sounds interesting. What would I use to do the scoring?

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A glass cutter.
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Did the OP say he used a different kind type of grout to cement his new tile down to the laminate?
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Have you checked the leveling feet on the dishwasher? Might be able to adjust them down enough to clear the overhang.

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