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Old 06-12-2010, 08:00 AM   #1351
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I have trouble with the German packaged stuff. I might be using the wrong things but so far nothing has fallen down. dorf dude...
Gotta tell you a funny story Shu.

Before I had any clue as to what to use in the way of thinset, I picked up some Custom Blend standard thinset from the House of Pot.

After I got it, I thought it might not be a bad idea to see if it was OK for my needs. If anyone asks, it got used for the slate around the two woodstoves.

Anyway, I went on to a dedicated tile website - and the fellow that answered my question said "That stuff is only dirt in a bag!" So after I finished laughing my head off, he said to go with Versa Bond, which I have done.

Honestly, I couldn't tell the difference between one or the other at the time. And I have certainly not had any issues at all with the Custom Blend.

I must admit I really like the Versa Bond, it seems to have exceptional hang.

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Up at 5:20 this morning, put a first coat of varathane on the woodwork in the solarium.

I made cardboard templates to go alongside the wood to cover the tile. The varathane is pretty drippy, so I didn't need it on the new tile.

Notice how it looks just like white paint? It dries clear as a bell.
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Big panic in the old household this morning.

Daughter just phoned - can mum come over to Vancouver RIGHT NOW - her labour has started!

Off to catch the ferry PDQ...I'll update you all later.

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Will this be your first grandchiild? Either way, congratulations!
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Notice how it looks just like white paint? It dries clear as a bell.[/quote]

The gel I'm using is exactly the same. Milky white then dries clear. dorf dude...
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Will this be your first grandchiild? Either way, congratulations!
This will be Rachel's second. A baby brother for Jordan, who is 2 1/2.
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How exciting! All the best to her and the baby!

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Congrats to Jordan for getting a new brother!


(...and to Rachael).

(......and to YOU and the rest of the family, of course)!

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Oh, wow! Thank you all very much.

Yes, baby brother Liam Matthew arrived safe and sound yesterday afternoon - all 6lbs 9ozs of him - before Grandma managed to make it to the hospital!

Apparently he looks just like his older brother...I smell trouble coming up!

Mum and baby are doing extremely well and are expected home today from the hospital.
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Honestly, I couldn't tell the difference between one or the other at the time. And I have certainly not had any issues at all with the Custom Blend.
Before we get too far down the road let's clear up any doubts about the Custom Blend thinset.

Custom Blend is an inexpensive and low-end unmodified thinset but it is fine for what you used it for. It certainly IS NOT "bagged dirt" but it also is not on the better end of the scale of unmodified thinsets. Custom Blend is basically (as far as I know) the thinset-blend created/invented by Henry Rothberg Sr. some fifty years ago. Those products still have their place today but they ARE NOT comparable to any of the modifieds. You'll be OK with what you used it for.

Now, (and not necessarily in the order of importance) CONGRADULATIONS on being a new grandpa. I have two grand kids and another on the way.

We had a helluva storm here Friday night with seventy mile per hour straight-line winds. We were spared (with the exception of having no electricity for fourteen hours) and only had tree limbs to clean up while some friends lost several out-buildings, a shop, and a horse barn. Just returned from their place surveying damage and shoring-up the roof of one shop building. Seems it's hard to get answers from insurance companies on a weekend. Maybe Mother Nature should only destroy property during week days. This way victims of storms will know what funds they can expect to have available for cleanup.

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Thanks Bud.

If I remember rightly, the custom blend was the first thinset I got, and that was some time back. Knowing me, it was most likely because it was cheap! I have been using the versa bond since then.

Just to be on the safe side, I will visit the real tile store and find out which thinsets they have available. I expect in future I will stick with modified only as they seem to be a generally better product.

Working on the tile around the sink this morning. I'm having to build a little raised area behind the glass sink so that the tap can actually get the water into the sink! Not a bad idea I thought!

Thanks for the congrats...but I think they should be directed to mum...after all, she's the one who does all the hard work! I'm going to pass along everyone's message.

Bad news about that storm. The last one here managed to deposit a big arbutus branch - the top of the whole tree really - right through a cabin roof at the south end of the island.

I'm fresh out of contacts with mother nature, so it looks like I can't help with the weekend storms! But you might think that the insurance companies would have a 24 hour hotline available for such events.
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Should metion that thinsets have a shelf-life. Maybe six months maybe a year. Just depends on the invironmet they are stored in. Thinsets can "go off" in their bag and not turn into a big rock. So their quality can be questionable even when they seem fine. It may be best to discard anything that has been opened and then left sitting in storage for a year or so.
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Should metion that thinsets have a shelf-life. Maybe six months maybe a year. Just depends on the invironmet they are stored in. Thinsets can "go off" in their bag and not turn into a big rock. So their quality can be questionable even when they seem fine. It may be best to discard anything that has been opened and then left sitting in storage for a year or so.
Ahhhh...thank you for that. I have a horrible feeling that I used up all the newest thinset, and all - or some - of what I have on hand is older than that.

I wonder if there is any date on the products? I'll have to look. If not, next time I buy some - like maybe tomorrow - I will write the date on it with felt pen.

What happens when you use old stuff? Does it no longer adhere to the tiles? Or...?
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In general the products are coded/dated. The techie at the respective manufacturers will tell you what the codes mean if you call them.

Here's a "rub" I can't seem to explain nor can/will anyone else. I have noticed repeatedly that those kind of products I purchase from Home Depot do not in fact have any codes on the bags in a lot of cases. I wonder if that is done intentionally. Yes sir, I am somewhat cynical at times. Without codes and verifiable manufacturing dates HD would not have to deal with the return of outdated products or a project failure due to using outdated products. They just sell everything that comes through their doors and the public would never be the wiser.

Oh well...just a thought from a distrusting installer that was recently burned using some Custom Level Quick that was old and outdated.

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