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Old 05-26-2010, 09:08 AM   #1141
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Man, those must be expensive tiles.

Looks like the ones from the Space Shuttle where none of them are the same shape.

OMG...that never crossed my mind...I'll have to give NASA a call and let them know where all those tiles are that fell off the shuttle!

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Old 05-26-2010, 09:15 AM   #1142
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sometimes those white roller lines are directional markings. curious to see if they are same size vertical, also sounds like you got diff lots as they fixed/made adjustments to machining during tile fabrication
Some of those lines appear to be white, some sort of light brown.

What has happened is that some of the raised ridges (that's what the lines are) have been rubbing on the tile below and have become more of the colour of the bisque. If I were to wipe off the back of the tile, you might be able to see that better.

I do now remember those arrows which you reminded me of, but these definitely do not have those or any other directional marking. They're just cheap tiles. In fact, when I was doing all the cutting yesterday, I noted that a few of the tiles have incomplete glazing on one or two of the edges.

And they have proudly printed on the boxes "First Quality". Doesn't speak terribly well for their quality control, does it?
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Well, we were going to go over to town today, but some kind soul has left the fire hose open upstairs. So, more tiling to come. Should have pics by the end of the day. See you all later.
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Coco: I'm only on page 10. I'm still reading in the month of January. I'm taking my time to read it all. I have never been so amazed by anything so up scale as this sir. You have it all in these posts Coco! You have history, humor, how to DIY information on even the smallest of details. And I'm all about details! You have what goes on with your neighbors, what happens in everyday life there....I can go on and I've not even finished your textbook! But, I will! You betchya, I will!

And your craft...trade knowledge....the amazing and wonderful landscape there! I'm an artist and I'm telling you.....this whole thread is an ART! I'm laughing at my craftsroom I posted about here, and I feel quite humbled. But, "I know nuttin' about birthin' no huge houses" Heh. The Boss, my husband, and I think we are doing well with the small things we make. But, then....I'm a smalltown girl working in a smalltown high school and my husband is just an old linehand, a powerlineman. But, reading through your pages here, I feel like we are neighbors! So down to earth you are sir! Love it!

If you ever do a book on this, PLEASE let me know. I want to purchase it! :D

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Coco: I'm only on page 10. I'm still reading in the month of January. I'm taking my time to read it all. I have never been so amazed by anything so up scale as this sir. You have it all in these posts Coco! You have history, humor, how to DIY information on even the smallest of details. And I'm all about details! You have what goes on with your neighbors, what happens in everyday life there....I can go on and I've not even finished your textbook! But, I will! You betchya, I will!

And your craft...trade knowledge....the amazing and wonderful landscape there! I'm an artist and I'm telling you.....this whole thread is an ART! I'm laughing at my craftsroom I posted about here, and I feel quite humbled. But, "I know nuttin' about birthin' no huge houses" Heh. The Boss, my husband, and I think we are doing well with the small things we make. But, then....I'm a smalltown girl working in a smalltown high school and my husband is just an old linehand, a powerlineman. But, reading through your pages here, I feel like we are neighbors! So down to earth you are sir! Love it!

If you ever do a book on this, PLEASE let me know. I want to purchase it! :D

I'll be back,

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Tracy, Tracy, Tracy...please...no "sir" for me, OK? Call me coco or Keith if you prefer. I don't mind which. But since they haven't knighted me yet...

And a thousand thank you's for the very kind words.

Now I need to know about your craftsroom, what is the thread called? I want to have a peek.

And if you are an artist, you undoubtedly would love it here. The island is still relatively unspoiled. In fact, in the local area of surrounding islands, there is a large arts community. Saltspring Island, just a few miles south of us has literally hundreds of artists of all stripes there. It's an amazing place to visit.

We met a terrific painter there last year, and get this...his wife makes cast bronzes! She's incredible!
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More troubles with the tile saw this morning. Well, I guess, not actually troubles, but a repeat of what has happened right from the git-go.

When you push the tile right through the saw, which of course you obviously have to do with every cut, the sliding table keeps running into the plastic tube which carries the water.

As a result of this, the tube keeps getting knocked off the pump.

The immediate solution is to clamp the tube to the pump. What would be much better is if the table didn't hit the tube in the first place. More great planning by the design team.
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I got a nice early start on the curved wall this morning, and here is the bottom row of tiles in.
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Shortly thereafter I was up to the third row...
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We made it to the top!
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Sorry, when I left, I had to leave in a very big hurry..at night! I have not one pix, it is all inside my head, which seems to detiorate on an N squared factor!
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I'm sure you have noticed the unfinished window to the right.

That has been tiled below the windows right to the end of the wall inside the shower. I have a short return to tile before the inside is done. Then the shower floor will go in, and then I will do the bottom row of tiles above the floor.

After having read several opinions on the best way to do a shower floor, that is what I have decided.

One school of thought has it that you make the edge of your mud floor level all round. I agree that this is a good idea, except if there is much variation in the distance from the shower drain to any given point on the wall.

Let's say you have maybe 3 feet from one spot and only 1 foot from another. The floor slope at the 1 foot point would be pretty severe. It could get slippery and be the cause of an accidental fall.

So I have chosen to make my floor with a consistent slope all over. The fact that the bottom row of tiles will not be identical doesn't bother me in the least. It does mean that I will have to measure and cut every tile individually. No big deal.
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Sorry, when I left, I had to leave in a very big hurry..at night! I have not one pix, it is all inside my head, which seems to detiorate on an N squared factor!
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with my wet saw i have enough water depth to lay the pump on its side which keeps the tubing out of the way and sucks up less gunk off the bottom
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Tracy, Tracy, Tracy...please...no "sir" for me, OK? Call me coco or Keith if you prefer. I don't mind which. But since they haven't knighted me yet...

And a thousand thank you's for the very kind words.

Now I need to know about your craftsroom, what is the thread called? I want to have a peek.

And if you are an artist, you undoubtedly would love it here. The island is still relatively unspoiled. In fact, in the local area of surrounding islands, there is a large arts community. Saltspring Island, just a few miles south of us has literally hundreds of artists of all stripes there. It's an amazing place to visit.

We met a terrific painter there last year, and get this...his wife makes cast bronzes! She's incredible!
Okay NO sirs, but you have to remember I'm from the south. That's what we say for "respect"

I would LOVE it there! By what pics you have posted, I only know my colored pencils would go wild. That's right. I don't paint. I use colored pencils. I have painted, but my "love" is colored pencils.

I'm trying not to READ this page. I'm also a reader! I do NOT read the END of any book. I did once and I totally regreted it! Not that I would regret this, but I want ALL the details before here.

PS.......thank you so much for taking the time out to post in "my craftsroom" what I total honor Coco. Now, back to reading your wonderful story............
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tp, this pump fits right into a cast in holder. I tried to tip it over, but there's not enough room. The plastic holder is a very snug fit. Plus, the area surrounding the pump has sort of a "well" which the water can flow into, but any debris is kept out. I'll put up a pic when I clean it all out.

My smaller wet saw doesn't have such a holder, you just stick it to the bottom of the water tray with the four little suction cups. And that one you can easily lay on its' side if need be.

I have a "fix" in mind for this one.

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