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  1. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Hi all! I'm in desperate need of help fixing the mess our contractor made while laying our EXPENSIVE slate tile. It seems they did not even use a wet saw, causing the tile to chip along the cut lines. This became obvious when they were laying the light gray grout (against the dark gray tiles)...
  2. Flooring
    Hello all, I am new to this community, and some of this info has been very helpful. I am about to lay Slate tile in my kitchen that has already been purchased, and noticed now (maybe too late) that the flooring may need reinforcing. The kitchen is on 2x8 joists (not sure wood type) @ 16'oc ...
  3. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Hello there - been "lurking" for weeks but thought I would make my first post now I'm working on my first home, and I have an enclosed (but not insulated!) back porch approximately 8' x 20' that I want to tile with some slate tiles. Currently the sub-floor is 3/4" plywood (new) over the older...
  4. Roofing/Siding
    Buying a lake home w/ slate roof. Roof looks in good shape, but we will be adding a dormer (or two) and so will have to re-roof is slate any more expensive to tear off? Has anyone had experience with this? My other concern is the garage, an older block structure w/ wooden and shingled roof. I...
  5. Flooring
    I am contemplating laying slate tiles over an existing concrete driveway. I am seeking comments and or suggestions about doing this. The driveway area is about 1225 sf. I had a quote to overlay the driveway with a product called "LimeCoat". LimeCoat has been described to me as a concrete...
  6. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    I read a ton of posts but just need some clarification. Our shower is just over a year old, we have some small chunks of Grout coming up from the floor. The tile is slate, and the grout used was sanded, dry mix. (not the pre-mixed stuff). Grout level 3. There was also a sealant (3 coats put...
  7. Flooring
    I am about to overlay slate (12" x 12" x 1/2") onto an exterior porch and a new step and slab. The porch is 55 years old, covered by the home's roof, and is in amazingly great shape. My only concern is that the surface of the older concrete is rather smooth. (I put a broom finish on the new...
  8. Flooring
    Here's my situation: Original to the house is slate tile in the foyer, approx 150-200 sq. ft. Over this was a layer of 2" ceramic tiles, adhered with mastic. Over *this* was 6" ceramic, installed with thinset. I've now removed both layers of tile, and am in the process of removing the mastic...
  9. Flooring
    need help removing mortar residue on slate tiles Hello all, My husband and I just renovated our kitchen and this past week we laid slate tiles (what an adventure!). We wanted the textures and colors of true slate but we didn't realize how difficult it would be to grout. Because of the...
  10. Roofing/Siding
    I want to put a roof over existing roof. Purpose is to add an insulation and to create an overhang (now roof ends when meets the wall,). Roof is pretty steep in most places, Tudor house 1927. Existing roof with asphalt shingles and fiberglass insulation doesn't have ridge ventilation, attic is...
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