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Old 02-21-2013, 05:20 PM   #106
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What kind of gloves do you guys use? I have literally worn the skin off a couple of fingers.
Gloves? How you gonna set tiles with gloves on? Orange gloves used when I grout. Where are you puttin those fingers?

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Jaz, I am washing my mud bucket out after each batch I mix and the easiest way is to use my hand to rub the sides of the bucket. I am just mixing small batches at a time because I am so slow, so I have to wash the bucket a lot. I also wash my trowel and putty knife each time. I also drop mud on tiles below and rub it off with my finger. Sometimes I will get the mud on the wall a little heavy and will run my finger across the top of the tile to get some of the mud off so it won't ooz out between the tiles. Ya got to remember I am an ole man and my skin is really thin.

I will get a few pictures here in a little while. I found out why I am having some problems with spacing, these cotten pickin tiles aren't all the same size, kinda makes you want to pull your hair out.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:54 PM   #108
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I found out why I am having some problems with spacing, these cotten pickin tiles aren't all the same size,
Oh, Oh, You musta bought some "specials" at the big box store. And I would not use spacers, they'll mess you up with the cheaper tiles that are off-size.

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Jim---get yourself a green scrub pad or a small scrub brush---always keep a finger bucket close by with water and a sponge---

You remember the wedges I mentioned? From the Home Depot? Those may be helpful if you had out of size tiles---that's bad---it will add a lot of extra time----

Wear rubber gloves when cleaning your equipment----and grease up your hands----that lime in the thinset will really dry out your skin.
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Jaz that is what I wound up doing, the spacers are really fouling things up. I don't remember where we picked the tiles up now, it probably was Lowe's. Hmmmm, the brush makes good sense, it will sure save the ole fingers. I came in here to rest a few before going back at it, jumped right off into one of my social security naps, going to grab a cup of coffee and install the last 8 tiles. How long should I wait before grouting?

The border will need sealing before I grout, how many coats. it is tumbled trevitine ( I can't spell that word and neither can spell checker)
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Over night is enough time to wait----knife out any squeeze out as soon as you can---

seal the travertine tonight before bed ,if you can---one coat should do---let the sealer dry for at least 4 hours--12 is better before grout---
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Thanks Mike, I appreciate that buddy.
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Try rinsing your hands with vinegar after washing them. I hear that work well. I usually apply some hand cream on my drive home. The one I've got now is called Udderly Smooth. Seems dairy farmers like it.
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Try rinsing your hands with vinegar after washing them. I hear that work well. I usually apply some hand cream on my drive home. The one I've got now is called Udderly Smooth. Seems dairy farmers like it.
Jaz, I got some stuff that may be about the same thing, it is called bag balm, farmers use it, it does seem to help. I will try the vinegar. My hands are rough as 80 grit sandpaper. You are sure right about shower walls taking a lot longer than a floor.
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Finally, the tile is set, yesterday was one of those days, I had to cut the bottom run and the tile saw kept breaking the tiles about 1/2 inch before the cut was finished. I found out the table had a bow in it so I took it off and heated the bottom support and clamped it with a reverse bow until it cooled off, hey, it worked. I put the table or sliding carriage or what ever it is called back on. Next the pump wasn't pumping very well at all so I fooled with it forever and got it so it would soak me from head to toe really good, now I am wet, freezing and disgusted. The plastic hose had a kink in it so I heated the hoes and got the kink out.

Anyway, I took the water line loose because it was spraying water but not on the blade. Mean while I touch the running blade ,,, twice before I learned where it was. To make a short story longer, I got the tiles finally cut with a machine that looks like a bicycle without the chain guard.

The rest of the day went great, our daughter and two of our grandsons called and wanted us to come over, well we needed a shower so we went over there, our daughter had bought me a new Ipod, I was beside myself, I have wanted one of these for a while but they were just out of reach. I got one now and am texting all over the place. This is a new game to me, I have never used one before. I did replace the glass on our grandson's Ipad, that was an experience, touchy like devils. I am a happy ole man today.

Well until I realized I really fouled up yesterday when I installed the last run of tile. This morning I realized I have a problem that I have to over come before I can grout. The sides walls are fine, I ran the durock on down like I was supposed to, the back wall I ran the durock down inside the lip of the shower only about an inch, this leaves about 2-2 1/2 inches of space where there is nothing behind the bottom tiles for 1/2 inch X 2-2 1/2 inches. In other words the last couple of inches of the tile is touching noting. My thoughts at the time were, if there is nothing there then water can't wick up or touch anything to cause mold.

Well today the realization set in, what am I going to stick in there to keep from filling the void completely with grout. Would the grout ever dry, will it fall out, any suggestions other than taking the tiles back off, I don't have enough extras now that the saw wasn't cutting right.
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Congrats about the generous daughter, she sounds sweet.

I would have placed a gob of thinset to the back of the affected tile for support then cut away any excess while still plastic. But with 12" tiles you should still be ok. Just grout it trying to force a little more grout in that area. It won't fill the entire space unless you mix it like soup. Should work well. You're gonna caulk along the tub anyway.

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Thanks Jaz that is a relief, I was afraid it would sag being that deep, I may cut some styrofoam and fill the joint so there is still 3/8 inch for the grout. I really hate to ask this but I honestly can't remember and I have done tile several times before. My memory is just terrible now days. What consistency should the grout be? By the way, here is a couple of picture of the tile before grout. It sure isn't a pro job but it is better than what we had. By the way, how long after I seal the grout can we use the shower?
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That is a nice looking shower----I really like the trim around the niche----

how are you treating that exposed wood I see on the left of the niche?
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Thanks Mike, I appreciate that coming from a pro. The border is just some extra 12X12 tiles that was on sale and I figured I could make a border out of them. The inset is discontinued stuff on sale, they had 9 and I needed 6. If a person watches it and can figure out different ways to do something they can save some money, that stuff is high if you buy the regular border.

I got fired up on the grout and after a little while I knew I had mixed the grout too thick, I fought my way through the first batch and finally remembered how to do it. Man this ole memory stuff is for the birds. If I don't hurry up I am going to run out of grout. Just having a good ole cup of coffee before I go back.

Oh, that is a stud outside the shower, I am redoing all the walls in there, we hate sheetrock so we are going back with wood.
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Grouting done, when do I seal and how long after that do we have to wait before we can use the shower? Bed time.

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