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Old 06-09-2010, 05:24 PM   #1321
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Just remind wife# 2, tile on steps looks great untill you come down with wet feet.

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Old 06-09-2010, 05:30 PM   #1322
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Had a few minutes today between cooking dinner and starting to paint the master bedroom of our home.I ran across your thread here and could not believe it.Amazing!!! You sir are indeed a craftsman!!I have just skipped through some of the pages and I'm almost speech less.I had a good friend who passed away months ago from panceatic cancer and he would have loved reading this thread.He to was carpenter/finishing/cabinet maker.A do it right man.I hope to read more of this thread when I get time.I love the ocean.We have friends who have a cabin on the Sunshine Coast and have enjoyed visiting there many times.
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Old 06-09-2010, 05:32 PM   #1323
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Just remind wife# 2, tile on steps looks great untill you come down with wet feet.
Very true...especially in the case of marble or nice shiny granite.

However, if you haven't had the pleasure of holding a piece of the hand made terra cotta in your hand, then you might not be familiar with the texture of the surface. It's something like 60 grit sandpaper!

We thought long and hard about what to put in the house for flooring. Heaven knows - we sure have had enough time to think about it !

And the Missus always wanted tile in the kitchen area - at the very least. And her choice there ended up being the terra cotta which we now have.
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Had a few minutes today between cooking dinner and starting to paint the master bedroom of our home.I ran across your thread here and could not believe it.Amazing!!! You sir are indeed a craftsman!!I have just skipped through some of the pages and I'm almost speech less.I had a good friend who passed away months ago from panceatic cancer and he would have loved reading this thread.He to was carpenter/finishing/cabinet maker.A do it right man.I hope to read more of this thread when I get time.I love the ocean.We have friends who have a cabin on the Sunshine Coast and have enjoyed visiting there many times.
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Watch out folks...this guy collects CHAINSAWS of all things. Shades of the Texas chainsaw massacre...

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Like I said i'm a plumber. but the fact that i've remained married 28 years (and i'm still on #1) will show you that i can appreciate how nice those terra cotta steps are gonna look.
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NEWS FLASH!!!

We interrupt this thread for an announcement.

We have decided that the whole main floor, except for the bathroom and utility room, will be done in terra cotta. The wife was about 90% responsible for this choice. (I made the mistake of showing her some pics off the web of t/c floors, and a magazine I subscribe to arrived yesterday with a great shot of a t/c floor in a house with curved walls of all things, which she absolutely loved.)
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Like I said i'm a plumber. but the fact that i've remained married 28 years (and i'm still on #1) will show you that i can appreciate how nice those terra cotta steps are gonna look.
Comments like that just absolutely make my day!!!!
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I'm surprised that your not out looking for a kiln to start making your own tile
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I'm surprised that your not out looking for a kiln to start making your own tile
Don't laugh...the missus wants a kiln to do some pottery! Only trouble is that it would need to be wood fired - not enough electricity here. So we may end up with something like a wood fired pizza oven instead!!!
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OK...where was I now...continuing on from 1319, here I am lining up the cut line on the saw using a straightedge. Turned out I didn't really need that, as the blade throws a nice water line when it first starts up, so you can check that way to see if you need to adjust the tile or not.

And I used a wedge to keep the tile from moving once the cut was underway.
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This pic shows just how much space gets "lost" after cutting just one tile. In other words, you can only lay out and cut one tile at a time. Then you need to move the next one close to continue the layout.
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So after the smoke cleared, this is how the row of tiles will look around the step.
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Looks as though I will need to be checking all the square footage of the floor area. We have located a tile supplier, only about 2,500 miles away, who has enough tile to do the entire job.

We just don't know how much to order yet...
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Just tried out the new porcelain blade. Unbelievable! I thought at first maybe I had picked up a cheapie ceramic tile...but no. This thing cuts porcelain like there's no tomorrow. It really is hard to believe.
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Looks as though I will need to be checking all the square footage of the floor area. We have located a tile supplier, only about 2,500 miles away, who has enough tile to do the entire job.

We just don't know how much to order yet...
Yes we do, 800 square feet. Now trying to find a trucking company to deliver from St. Louis, Mo to B.C. So, if any of you might know that...

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