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Old 09-13-2011, 12:25 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm tiling my kitchen floor. Unfortunately, I don't have the space elsewhere to move the stove and fridge. What I was hoping I could get away with, was tile one section, then set the stove and fridge on that once the mortar sets, then tile the other section, etc.. My concerns would be:

Can grouting be done in sections as well?
Should I try to tile the center of the room first? (for a reference point)
What's the best way to move heavy appliances across ungrouted tile (no helpers available right now)

13 x 13 porcelain tiles btw

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Old 09-13-2011, 12:38 PM   #2
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The layout would more than likely begin from the center of the room but the tile once the layout is determined can begin anywhere.

After the tile is installed you would want to stay off of it for forty-eight hours before moving appliances across the floor. Grouting could be done in twenty-four hours however.

The problem with grouting in stages (of days) is atmospherics could effect the grout coloration's and mottling may occur but it wouldn't be a major deal. Over time the floor will get dirty and the grout will probably blend.

I would buy some of those little furniture-moving discs (whatever they are called) and place the range on them. They will help you to slide the appliance with little effort. Most refrigerators will easily move in one direction (forward) without any trouble.

Plan plan plan, then execute.

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Phew, thanks
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"Phew" ???
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Its just an expression of relief.

Next question:

When doing it in sections, I'mn starting to see excess thinset just hanging out. What do I do with this stuff when it comes time to resume the tiling (since it'll be dry at that point)? Will wetting it make it workable again?
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Okay now you've lost me.

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I'mn starting to see excess thinset just hanging out.
Hanging out where? Clean it up each time you finish a section. If thinset purges between the tiles clean that up as you go. Keep a bucket of water and a wet sponge at your side at all times.

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Will wetting it make it workable again?
I realize you don't know and that is a fair question but that is the type of question that would normally cause a few of us to double over with laughter and of course that would be uncalled for and a flurry of compassionate posts would then begin taking this thread off course and making you mad at all of us. So suffice it to say: No.
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Thanks. Need to find my sponge then D:
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After laying a box of 14 tiles down so far, my back has had it.

...I still have 10 boxes to go

How the hell do the pros deal with this lol

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No one said it was going to be easy.

Some days I can set a box or two and other days I can set thirty boxes, just depends.

If your layout is made of a grid pattern and you can spread and lay four tiles at a time, that's about the best way to see some progress.

When you spread your thinset, spread it (comb it) in a straight line manner across in front of you from left to right or vice-versa, that way when you place the tile you are causing the highs to collapse into the lows and achieving a maximum contact and bond.
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Remind me not to complain when I hear prices that tile installers charge. It's much deserved.

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