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Old 02-16-2010, 04:19 PM   #16
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when using the square make sure the 12 is on the same side of the square. either both on inside or bth on outside

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Old 02-16-2010, 04:51 PM   #17
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when using the square make sure the 12 is on the same side of the square. either both on inside or bth on outside
Good point, I didn't think about mentioning that. Thanks!
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I rechecked to make sure the 12 was on outside on both legs. I am using ceramic tiles. m assuming that the rest of what i said was correct. Is there anything special to look for on a wet saw? What to get or not to get?
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I'm getting ready to do my 2nd bathroom - and my main advice is to get a book about your project - and read it carefully.

Not every page will concern your project, of course - but having something on hand that you can carry with you when you go to the hardware store and into your project-room is very helpful. These types of books often have clear pictures and illustrations that go along with instructions, tips and hints - and are usually very thorough.

If you don't have money to buy then you can check one out from a library.

There are so many ways to make mistakes - everything seems simple until you're knee deep in it So your approach to 'starting to start' is a good one.
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Thank you for that advice. I wouldn't think about doing any project without reading first. but a book only says what it says. Cant ask problem questions. The information in this chatroom in priceless. Thank you again!
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I agree that having a book or two is a good idea while at the same time most books tend to gloss over issues, if they talk about them at all. The books can give you the (how to's) but they can't begin to address every possible eventuality. Most of those DIY books are written by authors wearing "rose-colored-glasses". I have seen ceramic tile instructions in tile books where it is quite obvious the author has no idea what the hell is the correct or industry-recommended way to do things. BE CAREFUL using those books!!!

It is worth mentioning that when it comes to ceramic and stone tile...the book "Tiling 1-2-3" from Home Depot is one of the worst books on the market.

Every one's "best bet" is asking questions in these forums. There are some very knowledgeable tradesmen and women that frequent these places and can help a person immensely.

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True - not all books are equal!

I've learned ALOT from this forum - not even from asking questions, but from reading other people's posts and input. The more time I spend, here, the more I learn and the more I understand about things I've done (wrong) in the past.
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Im about to purchase the wet saw, can you let me know what or what not to look for? (midprice rance) Thank you.
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I have had good luck with the MK Diamond Mod: 770. I have owned about four of these saws and they are my mainstay. The 770 is a 7" saw with a sliding table. It will tilt to cut 45's and it will raise to make plunge cuts. This saw is perfect if the tiles aren't over 13". The cost is a very reasonable $450 thereabouts and worth every penny. I have three ten-inch saws, one of them is an overhead rail saw and will cut 24's on the diagonal. I also have a diamond band saw, but the ole MK-770 is my best all-around performer and easy to set up.

There are other good saws on the market but for the money........
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where would I find that saw at that price? I went to the mk web site and its about 640.00. .
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The first two I bought where $499. The next one I bought and gave to a friend but I paid around $468. This one I have now was $449 so I just assumed they were coming down in price.

I bought them all at Menard's here in the Midwest. Don't think you have menard's in CA. I'll see if if I can find one some where and let you know.

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Jheeezh! This is nuts! Here's what I found:


Here it is for $609.http://www.contractorsdirect.com/Concrete-Saw-Tile-Saw/MK-Diamond-Tile-Saws/MK-770EXP-Wet-Saw

and a smaller version for $439http://www.contractorsdirect.com/Concrete-Saw-Tile-Saw/MK-Diamond-Tile-Saws/MK-370EXP-Wet-Tile-Saw
I think I see what they have done. The 370 has the same basic capacity and bells and whistles and must have been introduced to cover that price range so they could increase the cost of the 770.

Here’s a reconditioned 770 with Full Factory Warranty for $449
http://www.mkdiamonddirect.com/produ...categoryId=124

And they say there is no inflation in this country!!!! What a bunch of crap. The last 770 I bought has been only about one year ago.

I Checked the Menard’s website and they must not want to sell anybody anything there.

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Thank you for your research time. I was actually looking at the 370(it is only 346.00 @ the web site,no stand), i was waiting to hear what you thought. Do you feel that would be reliable and lasting or should i go with the reconditioned 770? By the way my room is finally full of grids now. waiting for the tiles to come in.I went to the web sites you provided, I am ready to purchase one or the other-I think the 770 is my pick if you feel thaat reconditioned is ok(its only $10 more than the 370 and with stand).

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also, before putting thinset on the concrete do i need a primer?
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Wow, great thread.

Would it be possible to post a picture of that grid you have on the floor? It would help me to understand Bud's instructions instead of trying to draw it on a piece of paper.

Looking forward to the completed photos.

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ok,(update) they no longer make the 770,they are making the 770ex though. and they no longer have reconditioned ones so i think im going to go with the 370.Also ive been reading and from what i understand there are different trowels for different jobs, which one do i need?12x12 ceramic.(b'cuz ceramic IS porcelain)lol! To drtbk4ever: As for the pics I will try but i tried to take a pic for myself and didn't really show the lines. when i get a good one, will try my best.


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