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Old 03-18-2011, 01:22 AM   #16
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odd, I heard folks on here recommend people practice techniques with a few tiles on a board, such as laying thinset on a piece of CBU and laying some tiles on it, etc. Thought you might have recommended that but maybe not.

Anyway I got the laundry area grouted tonight with the Laticrete 1500, and OMG it looks about a bajillion times better than the kitchen area! Still working on getting that old stuff knocked out, now that is a tough job!

I was having trouble getting uniform grout joints, since my tiles are textured and also have a bit of a taper around all the edges. So even though I have 3/16" tile spacing, some of the grout joints looked more than 1/4" wide. Well I discovered that immediately after laying the grout in the joints, I can tool the joint with the curved corners of my grout float to get 100% perfectly even, uniform joints. Saved me a good bit of time while cleaning the grout off the tiles since I didn't have to go around trying to clean up the joints. All I did was smooth them just a bit with the edges of the sponge.

Finally tomorrow night or Saturday we'll have our washer/dryer back after nearly 10 days without it! I'll try to post a pic up tomorrow to show the difference between this and the Mapei Keracolor.

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Old 03-18-2011, 04:58 PM   #17
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odd, I heard folks on here recommend people practice techniques with a few tiles on a board, such as laying thinset on a piece of CBU and laying some tiles on it, etc. Thought you might have recommended that but maybe not.
Yeh, I don't remember ever suggesting doing that type of thing but no harm done. If it works for you do it.

Anxious to see some pictures.
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:51 PM   #18
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Well folks, finally got the kitchen re-grouted this past weekend. And everyone said "ahhhh finally!" Got all the dining room done during the last week, working a little bit each night.

Saturday morning I removed all the rest of the old grout in about 20 minutes using a diamond blade on my angle grinder. Went through that stuff like butter! I tried to cover everything with plastic but the dust still found its way into EVERYTHING!

I got a few very small tile chips here and there (like 1/8" or smaller) but at that point I didn't care. I just wanted to get it done. I did end up with a large chip on one tile while removing the grout by hand, of all things (grinder couldn't reach the area) so I just broke up that tile and re-set a new one. Also went over all the tile with sulfamic acid to remove the haze from the previous grout before starting with the new.

Now all that's left to do is grout the pantry and reinstall the base boards and this kitchen floor reno is done! Only 3 weeks later! Unfortunately my one bag of grout ended up not being enough due to wasting so much while making many small batches. I'll have to go buy another 25 lb. bag just to finish this <25 s.f. room.
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Ahhhh finally!

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