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Old 12-07-2009, 10:23 PM   #16
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Can marble tiles be cut by scoring and snapping them?


I used a cheap wet saw from Home Depot for my bathroom floor.
I put narrow spacers in for grout but I got a lot of voids and even doing it over again I failed. Still not sure what I did wrong. I think you can butt them together since they have a bevel, but I don't know. Maybe something to think about.

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Old 12-07-2009, 10:39 PM   #17
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velvetfoot are you using a sponge after grouting...if so then make sure you ring it out so it isn't very wet. I had the same problem when I used premixed grout. I found that when I sponged the tile to remove the excess grout I had to make sure that the sponge didn't leave any water behind and sit in between the grout lines. This helped immensely. I find that the premixed stuff is junk but thats just me.
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:59 PM   #18
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I think you're right about the excess water. I'll try a small section first on my next try.
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:53 AM   #19
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also one more tip to try is that don't grout a huge area and then sponge. I know some of the grout products say to wait 5-10 minutes the sponge. Honestly, this isn't the case with a certain type of grout that i used. It dried so hard on to my tile that I'm still trying to get it off. What I found to be better is to grout a small area 2 or 3 12x12's and then use your sponge. Then I go over the tile(just the tile not the grout) with a cheese cloth a couple of times. This helps the headaches later on of removing the haze left on the tile. Some grouta are more forgiving then others and will give you more time to grout. This mapei premixed stuff was crazy, it dried in like 2 minutes.
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Hey, thanks again.
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Old 12-09-2009, 05:45 PM   #21
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I put narrow spacers in for grout but I got a lot of voids and even doing it over again I failed. Still not sure what I did wrong.
If unsanded grout is used and mixed too thin air pockets will develope and burp to the surface. Grout should be installed wiping (with a rubberized grout float) in all directions to force the grout into the joints and to force out any air that gets trapped in the joints and even then some pin holes can still develope.
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Old 12-09-2009, 08:26 PM   #22
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Thanks. That might have been a factor as well. I did use a rubber grout but maybe it wasn't that thick.

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