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Old 07-01-2004, 02:27 PM   #1
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Grout Depth

From a previous post, it was suggested by the moderators that I change from a non sanded grout to a sanded grout when grouting my nearly 1/8" grout joints. Initially when I grouted it with the non-sanded grout, the grout started to crack diagonally across the joint due to shrinkage. Now I have begun to regrout with sanded grout but am having great difficulty getting the grout all the way in the joint. At best I am able to get the grout 2/3 of the way in on a tile that is about 3/8" thick. I have thinned it out considerably. Should I try to grout again with the non-sanded but this time be more careful about the amount of water used during cleanup or am I ok with this sanded grout??


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Old 07-01-2004, 02:32 PM   #2
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I wouldn't thin it out too much. Try using the short end of the float to squeeze it into the joints instead of spreading the grout with the long edge. You shouldn't have any problems.
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Old 07-01-2004, 03:08 PM   #3
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2/3 should provide sufficient depth for residential applications.

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Old 07-01-2004, 03:12 PM   #4
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Don't know what happened before, but I would be using unsanded for joints 1/8" and smaller.
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I think people gauge there grout joint width differently. My eithth-inch joints might be narrower than your eithth-inch joints, for instance.

The grout should be pliable and easily spread. I think it's possible you need a dab more water in the mix. It's very difficult for me to say. I can't see it.
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Old 07-01-2004, 09:59 PM   #6
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John,
I added more admix to the mix. The end result was grout that was kinda like stew. This mix, although messy was easier to push into the joints. To my surprise, it set fairly quickly and the end result was a good looking joint with no cracks.! Yeah!!! I was very worried that too much moisture would result in a lot of shrinkage but thankfully this didn't happen.


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Old 07-02-2004, 08:45 AM   #7
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Uneven Grout Color

Well I finished with the grouting last night and the overall apearance is great, However, the grout is uneven in color. I didn't think that this was possible considering that it is white Hydroment sanded grout with ad-mix. I was a little worried that the thin mix made in order to squeeze it into the nearly 1/8" joints would cause crackin, but this is not the case. Now the problem seems to be that I may have created a color inconsistence with each batch that I mixed up. I didn't measure out the mix but I did pay careful attention to the viscosity of the mix. Also I am wondering if the rubber grout float I used may have discolored the grout. It has only been about 10 hours since I've finished the application so I may just need to wait a little longer and things may even out. Any ideas????



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Old 07-02-2004, 09:14 AM   #8
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Hi Kurt, glad to hear it's working out. The sand keeps it from cracking but only mix it as thin as necessary.
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Old 07-02-2004, 09:19 AM   #9
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Kurt,

We are going to try to keep you in one thread. I'm going to merge the two together.

Well sanded and unsanded can result in different colors.

I suggest wating until the first of the week before getting too concerned.

Two ways to handle it if it still bugs you.

One- wait until it gets a little dirty. Dirt is a great equalizer

Two- Aquamix carries a grout paint. You can even the color out by applying this later.
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