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Bdogg
09-03-2001, 09:49 AM
Hey all. Johnny Mac recommended this board to me and I'm learning a lot. I've gotta redo my bathroom floor and shower. I know most people think of tile, but how feasible is marble? I'm wondering if you can stop by a quarry somewhere when you're out on vacation or something and buy it "direct"...just throw some marble in the trunk of your car and bring it back. Are there such places? And how big of a pain is marble to install? Thanks.

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John Bridge
09-03-2001, 12:27 PM
Throw it in the trunk, eh? The chunks that come out of the quarries are huge. They are shipped to mills where they are whittled down into slabs, blocks and tiles. Then they have to be polished. Besides that, most of the marble we use comes from overseas. It would be a long drive.

I don't recommend marble to do-it-yourselfers. It's not because I'm snooty (I'm not), it's just that marble takes a lot of skil -- skil that is picked up over the course of years. You could probably do the small floor and make it look good, but the shower would be very difficult.. I'd go ceramic in the shower.

I've got a little article on marble in another area of the site.

http://www.johnbridge.com/Characteristics%20of%20Marble%20Tile%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20% 20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20John%20P.htm

Yeah, that's before I learned not to leave spaces in titles when posting to the Internet. Servers have a field day with spaces.

Rob Z
09-03-2001, 08:06 PM
Hi bdogg

I agree with john on this one. Try a ceramic job first. Marble goes in much the same way as tile, but with much, much less tolerance for error. Beginner mistakes that would go unnoticed on a tile project will likely be glaring on a stone job.

Rob

Bdogg
09-04-2001, 07:05 PM
Thanks for the tips guys!