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Old 02-07-2009, 10:59 PM   #181
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It was way past dinner time by the time I got both walls done. So the floor will be looked after tomorrow. The small pieces around the base are in now.
There will be quite a bit of cutting to do for the floor, what with the curved part on the front. Some people never learn.
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Old 02-07-2009, 11:26 PM   #182
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That looks very nice. How do you cut the curved pieces?
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If you look closely, everything on there so far just has straight cuts. However, the front tiles going on the floor tomorrow will have a gentle curve.
So I will cut the front tiles just slightly oversize, lay them in place, and put a pencil line on the underside scribed to the small face tiles.
It is just a matter of cutting to the line after that. Either by taking faceted cuts on the tile saw, or grinding down to the line with the mini grinder and diamond blade. I may be able to talk my wife into taking a couple of shots of the process. If so, I can show you. It's not difficult. Just a little time consuming.
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Hi again!! I am really glad you got that boat fixed... can only imagine how good solid ground felt when you got there...
I really like what you are doing with the slate.. how have you finished the edging against the furring strips and easyboard?
I really like cutting tiles. We do a lot of showers and just use 8 x 12 ceramic, have done brick pavers and doing the curves really gives alot of satisfaction...
For some reason I couldn't imagine you not having a curve in there somewhere.
I was wondering if you do your posting somewhere else or how are you set up for internet service there?
Off to measure a much needed new deck on the back of the house... have to get a layout done.
All the best Kathy
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Hi Kathy: Thanks for dropping by.
Yes, I'm glad I got the boat fixed too!!
What I did with the furring was to cover everything with easyboard, even the thin sides. The furring was only 5/8" thick. Add to that 1/2" for the easyboard on the walls, and I used 1 1/8" wide strips on the sides. Then the whole face was covered with the board. So no wood showing anywhere.
I tiled the sides first with 1 1/8" wide tile strips, as I wanted all the facing to show as the full, or in this case 1/2 tiles. I didn't want to look at a skinny edge.
Internet is the portable modem by Rogers. Other than the satellite internet, which is quite slow and very expensive, Rogers - as far as I know - is the only game in town. They have recently come out with their "Rocketstick" or something like that, which runs over the cell phone system. The modem, which is high speed by the way, runs over their Inukshuk system, which Rogers developed jointly with Bell.
The modem has unlimited use for the monthly fee, whereas the stick is charged by the Gig.
It has been fairly reliable, but not perfect. Last year we were down for 2 months and Rogers just could not get it figured out at all. We finally got it ourselves, with help from others here - all of whom were also out - by going to another tower. Don't know why Rogers couldn't come up with that.
Nice advantage to ceramic tiles is they are all the same thickness, all the same size, and they're all nice and square. None of which can be said for the slate.

But, given that it is a natural product, that is to be expected.
This morning I started dry laying the tiles, and after lunch I will thinset them down.
Here is one of the front edge tiles being marked.
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After I had marked the back of the tile with a pencil, I extended the straight line sections in order to be able to line up properly with the tile saw.
Not sure if you will be able to see the lines or not.
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OK, I can see the lines on my screen.
You have to make a couple or maybe even three cuts on the back of each tile, depending on how many facets appeared when the line was drawn on the tile back.
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As you can see above, quite a bit of tile is cut off first.
However, when the next piece comes off, it is just a tiny sliver.
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Here all the tiles are cut and fitted, and now that lunch is done I'm off to stick them down.
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I thought if I checked the site later in the day you would have more to show me and there ya go... great job.. its a great feeling isn't it?
Can't believe you have the same saw as I have... basic HD special and it has worked well for us for about 3 years now.
You are right about ceramic, nothing too exciting about perfect tiles.
The job looks good... thanks for filling me in on the edging ... it is hard to see it in the pictures.
Your layout is pretty much the way I would have tackled it and the cutting adds a bit of challenge.
Thanks for the pictures. Will keep in touch.
Cheers Kathy
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Thanks Kathy: now they are all stuck down, so tomorrow it's on to the dreaded grouting. Think I will do a little work on the kitchen ceiling tonight.
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I know this is a bit late and after the fact, but a thought I had when reading this portion of your post took me back quite a few years to when my grandparents added a stove to their home in Montana. The manufacturer had suggested building a firewall much like you have done, with the main difference being an allowance for airflow underneath and up the backside to allow for heat dissapation and convection. Basically, cold air is drawn in from below as the heat from the tiles forces it up along the backwall creating a convection action within the room itself and increasing the heating action of the stove, as opposed to just radiant heat. Much like a fan forced 'heat-a-lator'.Here is a poorly drawn pic of how I would envision this done with your setup.
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What a fantastic post cocobolo! Amazing....
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Hi Wrangler:
When I get to a pic of the wood stove sitting in place, you will see why your proposition is not necessary.
Although let me say right up front that it's a pretty neat idea!
I actually do not even need any tile at all behind the wood stove. I have the stove a legal distance away from the wall. I did it for the sake of appearance and to more or less match the other one.
The back of our wood stoves have a baffle on them. You can put your hand right behind the stove and hold it there as long as you like. There is very little heat there at all.
I realize this is contrary to what you would naturally think, but I assure you it is actually so. And almost the same thing applies to the sides. The sides are marginally warmer, even after the stove has been on all day.
All the heat from the stove comes out the front and the top of the unit, plus it is hot at the very bottom of the stove pipe.
My high school physics lessons would have me believe that the heat would be more at the top of the pipe, but 'tain't so.
The required stove pipes are double walled, and they have a vent at the bottom and top of each section. I will get you a pic later when the whole assembly is done.
Now I have to get the grouting and sealing done, then I can get the real McCoy in place. Can't wait!
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Thanks RippySkippy, lot's more to come I hope.

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