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Old 01-06-2012, 01:11 PM   #6031
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That spammer was hitting threads way after bed time last night, I thought about waking you up but figured we would let you sleep, we knew you or DM would pop them this morning.
Yep: I watched him hit many of the showcase threads in a matter of just a few minutes. We don't need that garbage here.

But the mods got him...yeah!!!
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:27 PM   #6033
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We made a trip over this morning, but somewhat delayed getting away, thanks to you-know-who.

We managed to hit the peak of the bad weather coming back this afternoon, truly a ride to remember, or maybe better to forget. The missus picked up the last of the grout and caulking for the ensuite bathroom so very soon that will be completed!

And the stair carpet is proceeding slowly but satisfactorily. Each of the treads is just slightly different in size, so I'm making templates up for each one.

In checking to see whether or not I had enough plywood for the stair facings, it turned out that I did not. Picked up the plywood today, but couldn't bring it back in that sort of weather. It can wait in the van until we get a decent weather day.
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A question for the Budman...any suggestions as to what might be a good way to round over the edge of some marble tile?

I don't care for the square look. I do remember seeing a video years ago about some sort of grinding/polishing setup which gave a lovely polished and rounded edge to the tiles when they were done.
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Wow Keith, your next post will be the big 5000 way to go buddy.
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Wow Keith, your next post will be the big 5000 way to go buddy.
Thanks Jim...that post just went up on Shu's thread.

Did you see that about the outside air coming down the flue? At least I think that's what it does. Terrific idea.
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Slowly but surely, the stairs are coming together.

I have all the carpet pieces cut for the stairs now, and did a test on the top with the first piece of trim.
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The bottom stairs have the carpet temporarily set in place, just so that I know I had enough carpet. I fitted all of them except for the bottom tread.

I have decided that I want to change the bottom step from a wedge shape to an oblong. It will be safer that way...and easier to use. A small thing, but one which I have noticed over the past number of months.
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Second coat of finish just done on the top trims. One more coat and they'll be ready to fit in place.
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A question for the Budman...any suggestions as to what might be a good way to round over the edge of some marble tile?
Marble is easy enough to sand with a belt sander to round-over the edges. Aluminum oxide will work but silicon carbide is better but harder to find. I buy all of my silicon carbide sand discs and belts from Braxton-Bragg in Tennessee, they have an online store now I think.

Trouble is it takes several different sandpaper grits to bring up any kind of a nice finish. The grits need to be applied in diminishing grits as you go.

But, to get the high gloss polish is tough, that takes about a 3000 grit wet sand. The best way to get that grit without spending an arm an a leg is to use automotive wet/dry sand paper. And after that a polishing with a cotton buffer and a rouge.

One little trick depending on where the tile is to be used is to sand the tile as fine as possible and then either use a stone enhancer to bring-up the interior colors of the stone or spray the sanded edge with polyurethane. The poly isn't likely to hold up on a tile used on a stair tread.
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Marble is easy enough to sand with a belt sander to round-over the edges. Aluminum oxide will work but silicon carbide is better but harder to find. I buy all of my silicon carbide sand discs and belts from Braxton-Bragg in Tennessee, they have an online store now I think.

Trouble is it takes several different sandpaper grits to bring up any kind of a nice finish. The grits need to be applied in diminishing grits as you go.

But, to get the high gloss polish is tough, that takes about a 3000 grit wet sand. The best way to get that grit without spending an arm an a leg is to use automotive wet/dry sand paper. And after that a polishing with a cotton buffer and a rouge.

One little trick depending on where the tile is to be used is to sand the tile as fine as possible and then either use a stone enhancer to bring-up the interior colors of the stone or spray the sanded edge with polyurethane. The poly isn't likely to hold up on a tile used on a stair tread.
Somehow I just knew you would have the magic answer.

The tile is on the surround for the soaker tub in the ensuite bathroom. I will have to get a pic or two of that.

Having ground and polished telescope mirrors I should have thought of the rouge trick. We actually use even finer stuff than rouge for the mirror glass, but the tile wouldn't be that fussy anyway I shouldn't think.

Once again I am in your debt for this information. I will see what there is on hand here and get at that shaping PDQ.
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Thanks Jim...that post just went up on Shu's thread.

Did you see that about the outside air coming down the flue? At least I think that's what it does. Terrific idea.

I did see Shu's post about the outside air, that is some good thinking, I wish I had thought about that when I was burning wood. Burning inside air just sucks the outside air in through any cracks and burning heated air on top of that is a double whammy. When I was building I would have the fireplaces draw outside air but just didn't think of it when it came to my own wood heater.

Your stair are looking good, they really will look good once you are finished.

That is a good link Bud posted, I like that one. Have you ever used the micro disks for a ROS? Man they will make a piece of wood shine like plastic.
http://www.amazon.com/MICRO-MESH-NO-.../dp/B000H6JDDC

1500, 1800, 2400, 3200, 3600, 4000, 6000, 8000, 12000 grit.
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I note that the 1500 mesh is coarser than a traditional 600 grit paper. I wonder why that is. Sounds to me like the numbers are somewhat misleading.

I suppose that means that the 12,000 mesh would be the equivalent of 4,500 grit??? Still and all, that's definitely very fine.

I'll have to do a little more looking.

The third finish coat is on the trims for the upper stairs. I'll see how many I can get installed tomorrow...I hope.
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There's a reason that these little chunks of carpet are taking so long to get done, so I thought I would run through the process and try to offer up an excuse as to why I'm so interminably slow.

First thing to do is to cut and nail some tackless all round each of the treads. Making sure to leave adequate space behind where the front trim strip goes on.
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Once that is in place, then I have to cut out the underlay so that it fits reasonably well...like so. It gets put on with the air stapler.
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