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Old 02-26-2013, 11:02 AM   #1
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So I made a post a couple weeks ago about helping me understand how someone would price doing a porcelain tile install in my kitchen. We had vinyl flooring that had to be removed before install and frankly the idea of doing it myself was a bit overwhelming.

After some back and forth I finally decided to do it myself. And I did it! The longest, hardest part was the removal of the old vinyl and the adhesive but once that was out of the way it was smooth sailing from there. Since it was the kitchen it was a really disruptive event since my family and I had to eat out all weekend and stay out of the kitchen while I worked. It was really tiring and a lot of work but I'm glad to say its done!

I'll post some pictures from my phone in a bit once I get somewhere with reception.

Thanks to everyone for their great advice!

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Old 02-26-2013, 11:08 AM   #2
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Here are some before and after pics
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:20 PM   #3
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looks great!
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:44 PM   #4
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Very nice.
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:25 PM   #5
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Nice job - it looks great. I would do this in my kitchen but the removing the vinyl and adhesive sound like a lot of work.
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Looks good now BUT the true test will come 8 months from now to see whether any cracks develop in tile or grout.

Hope not.
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Are you going to seal the grout? You will hope you did when someone spills juice on the floor and it stains the grout.
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Instructions on the grout said to wait at least a week or two to seal it. I've got the sealant already but was just waiting another week or so
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Instructions on the grout said to wait at least a week or two to seal it. I've got the sealant already but was just waiting another week or so
Sounds good. My flooring ceramic project was about 450 Sq. ft (kitchen, laundry, bath, foyer area.) The tile was a 12x12 with a few off-color 12x12 randomly thrown in. The tile was laid in a brick-bond pattern.

For the floor, I did the labor removing all old flooring, appliances, toilet, shoe-molding and doors. Floor tile guy took about 45 hours to lay cementboard in mortar, install tile and grout. I did the sealing and reinstalled molding, doors and toilet.
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Its been almost 21 months and no cracks anywhere
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I can see no reason I'd develop cracks. The concrete was well exposed (adhesive removed) and in good shape, the thinset went down at the proper thickness and there were no irregularities in the elevation in the floor.

I'm expecting no issues. I'm just trying like hell to ensure my kids dont spill anything on the floor until I get to seal it!

I've got another area of the home I want to tile on the first floor and I'll likely get into that not this weekend but next.
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I can see no reason I'd develop cracks. The concrete was well exposed (adhesive removed) and in good shape,
I take it you are on a slab with no basement below?
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I take it you are on a slab with no basement below?

Yep I live in Texas - we dont have basements 'round these parts
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Are you sure you never did this before?
Looks like a pro did it. By the way, thanks for your service if you're a vet or active duty military.

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