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Old 06-24-2011, 01:42 AM   #4816
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I'm no fisherman Bud, but surely you would know that one.

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Several weeks back the missus asked me if she should weed the Japanese garden. I think it was a none-too-subtle hint that I should remove the jungle and try to find the actual garden.

It seems that I haven't touched it for at least two years. So, today was the day to make a start of some sort.

Here's what it was like before I got started.
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And after the afternoon's efforts you could actually see through the garden again.
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There are two foxgloves growing wild in the garden...although they were somewhat overwhelmed by the huge bracken plants until I gave them the heave-ho.
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The irises were suffering from the same fate...not enough light getting through the big ferns. They should pick up in a day or two.
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The big workbench was moved out of the way to make room for the last area on the main floor to be tiled.
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That completes the setting in the big area...next will be the breakfast nook.

Here the floor areas at the kitchen steps...in front of the utility and bathroom...and a view across the dining room.
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howsa about some more long shots like the last one of inside the house. thanks timothy. like to see how everything ties together cause it do look most excellent
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Keith, you are a ball of fire, where do you get the energy and drive to accomplish all that you do? That is a heck of a difference in your garden, it don't take you all day to do a full days work. You do beautiful work buddy.

I know you are really happy that you are on your last floor, I sure would be. It took me a full month to tile our kitchen back a couple years ago. It was a mess to fix but it wouldn't have taken a young man but maybe a couple days to fix and install. This getting old thing sure isn't for wimps.
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None that I am aware of. Once sealed, the cleaning will of course become a different project and easier. As I think back years ago, the only issue I can remember having was when sealing the tiles. At first I was crawling around with a paint brush painting on sealer. Of course that is one of those tasks that the more you have to do the faster you try to go. I was marring the texture of the tile surface with my knee pads and then immediately sealing in the mar before realizing what was happening. I learned to apply the first coat standing up using a paint roller so that I could walk around gently and lightly so as not to put undesirable marks in the surface of the soft tile.

Such marks are easy enough to remove by sanding after the sealer is totally dry.
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but surely you would know that one. 7 more inches!



THANK YOU so-o-o-o-o much...I was having trouble with the math.
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howsa about some more long shots like the last one of inside the house. thanks timothy. like to see how everything ties together cause it do look most excellent
Tim, what I really need for that is a wide angle lens...which I keep making noises about getting.

The other thing I need is all the tools and miscellaneous paraphernalia moved right out of the house. This shifting from one place to the other is a real nuisance.
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Keith, you are a ball of fire, where do you get the energy and drive to accomplish all that you do? That is a heck of a difference in your garden, it don't take you all day to do a full days work. You do beautiful work buddy.

I know you are really happy that you are on your last floor, I sure would be. It took me a full month to tile our kitchen back a couple years ago. It was a mess to fix but it wouldn't have taken a young man but maybe a couple days to fix and install. This getting old thing sure isn't for wimps.
Jim, I was more than four hours in the garden yesterday...you should see the size of the pile of weeds I have!

That's only about 1/4 of the garden done down there yet, so lots more to go.
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None that I am aware of. Once sealed, the cleaning will of course become a different project and easier. As I think back years ago, the only issue I can remember having was when sealing the tiles. At first I was crawling around with a paint brush painting on sealer. Of course that is one of those tasks that the more you have to do the faster you try to go. I was marring the texture of the tile surface with my knee pads and then immediately sealing in the mar before realizing what was happening. I learned to apply the first coat standing up using a paint roller so that I could walk around gently and lightly so as not to put undesirable marks in the surface of the soft tile.

Such marks are easy enough to remove by sanding after the sealer is totally dry.
Getting that first coat of sealer on seems to be the worst of it.

I had the same experience as you with the scuffing. So every row of tile I would make sure to brush off as I moved.

I'm using a paint brush for the application, and regardless of how much cleaning I do it's pretty obvious that the surface of the tile is still chalky.

Hope to get the second coat on tonight, which should be much quicker.

Going to town tomorrow (weather permitting) to catch the Rod Roar coming through Nanaimo...so I'll be dropping by the tile store for some grout.
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That tile drinks up sealer like nobodies business on the first coat. At some point as subsequent applications progress you will probably have to be careful how you overlap the strokes. As the sealer begins to fill the pores and build the overlaps may begin to show. This typically results in unsightly and undesirable streaks of build up. At some point a gloss will begin to appear where the most sealer is present.

Then depending on the appearance you must decide if you want to keep going and develop a gloss everywhere. If a dull satin look is desired, steel wool can be used to scuff the gloss and blend the surface. But only when the sealer applications are totally dry.

At first some sealer is needed so as to keep the grout from staining the tile. Then after the grout has dried you can let the sealing begin and now it will include the grout. A regular penetrating grout/stone sealer will never change the look of any of the elements, whereas a stone sealer will darken the appearance and actually enhance the beauty of the products but it also develops a shine that not be desirable.

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