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Old 09-01-2012, 02:54 AM   #6751
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As you can see, it was a little grungy.

Where we go on to the decks there is a small landing where we tend to stamp our feet to knock some of the dirt from our shoes.

That required the services of a screwdriver to dig out the accumulation.
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All stained up now and looks a lot cleaner.
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While the warm weather is still here - such as it is - things like grouting and varnishing outside must be done.

The front entryway has been screaming at me for ages to get grouted, so this morning my delays came to a grinding halt. It was time to do the dreaded grouting.

When cleaning up - or at least trying to clean the grout, several of the tiles did not want to co-operate and refused to come clean. It appears that either the top of these tiles was not sealed, or if they were, not very well.

After a hurried email to Bud, it was determined that the best thing to do was remove the offending tiles.

As quickly as possible, I dug out the grout, which by this time was starting to set quite firmly.

Here, the grout has been removed and the first two tiles are out.
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Here's the mess in the corner after the tiles were out and some of the underlayment was ripped out with them.
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Fortunately I had extra tiles on hand for the replacement. Doesn't look quite so bad now.
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After this pic was taken I added a third seal coat over the whole floor, and the colours have blended in much better.

Grout tomorrow providing we don't have any more nasty surprises.
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Ran out of grout yesterday with about 40 square feet to go.

With the Labour Day holiday today I will have to wait until tomorrow to call my supplier to see if they have more in stock.

In the mean time, here's a visitor I had in the garden yesterday.
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...and last night's sunset.
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Ran out of grout yesterday with about 40 square feet to go.

With the Labour Day holiday today I will have to wait until tomorrow to call my supplier to see if they have more in stock.

In the mean time, here's a visitor I had in the garden yesterday.
Buddy, that does look good, hopefully the grout will match up good, it never did for me when I ran out and had to get more.

Those are beautiful pictures Keith, that frog will be some good eating in a year or so. Do y'all have big bullfrogs up your way?
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Buddy, that does look good, hopefully the grout will match up good, it never did for me when I ran out and had to get more.

Those are beautiful pictures Keith, that frog will be some good eating in a year or so. Do y'all have big bullfrogs up your way?
Jim, as far as I know we don't have the big frogs on this island yet. But they are over on Vancouver Island, and apparently they are causing some sort of trouble.

A couple of years ago on TV, they showed some of the frogs, and the B. C. Government had hired a chap to see if he could get rid of the frogs in one particular pond. I don't know how he was planning on doing that, but my money would be on the frogs!

So far, I have been lucky with the grout matching. The Mapei ultracolor seems to be consistently coloured the same.
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Jim, as far as I know we don't have the big frogs on this island yet. But they are over on Vancouver Island, and apparently they are causing some sort of trouble.

A couple of years ago on TV, they showed some of the frogs, and the B. C. Government had hired a chap to see if he could get rid of the frogs in one particular pond. I don't know how he was planning on doing that, but my money would be on the frogs!

So far, I have been lucky with the grout matching. The Mapei ultracolor seems to be consistently coloured the same.
Good gravy, I would love to get in on some of those frogs if they are bullfrogs, around here they are so few and far between that the ones we do see are wearing bullet proof vests. I am serious, frog legs are great. We use to go frog hunting and fight off the snakes, skee biters and spiders at night to get a good mess of frogs. A big batch of fried frog legs, thickenin' gravy and hot biscuits just don't get no better.
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I took it easy this weekend too. I spent most of it outdoors competing at a horseshow. Isaac held off and just gave us breezes and showers during the day and then poured on us at night. Not too bad.
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Usually I don't get bombarded by visitors over the Labour Day weekend because most visitors are busy locking up their cabins for winter. Draining any water lines and so on.

But I had a list of stuff for sale up on the notice board, and every day it was like a three ring circus here.

Yesterday was a little quieter, but the president of our local property owner's association came by for a chat, that's the gal on the left, to be joined just a few minutes later by an old friend Nick from the south end of the island. He celebrated his 83rd birthday last Saturday...quite a character.
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While they were here a group of kayaker's paddled by - it was pretty bumpy out there - and asked if we knew one of the locals here. Of course, so we directed them to his place at the wrong end of the island.
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Before Judy and Nick arrived, I had been able to get one of my projects for the day done, which was to paint the band across the front of the master bedroom deck. All 50 feet of it, and some a little awkward to get at because of the apricot tree in the way.
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