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Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-02-2009, 11:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,817
Posted By George K
The scarifier left a surface suitable for...

The scarifier left a surface suitable for tileing. I did not find it necessary to acid wash after I scarified the concrete. The depth of those grooves are controllable by how close the cutter...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-28-2009, 07:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,817
Posted By George K
I looked into a shot blaster and decided that a...

I looked into a shot blaster and decided that a scarifier would do my job better. I, without any help, at the age of 65, did my 1300 sq. ft., sealed concrete, below grade, basement floor. I made a...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-27-2009, 02:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,569
Posted By George K
FloorLife.com I have not purchased from them...

FloorLife.com

I have not purchased from them yet, but that is where I'm going to try.

Let me know if you find a better deal.

Lowe's is supposed to be a Laticrete distributor, but I was not...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 02-25-2009, 01:25 PM
Replies: 1,382
Views: 732,220
Posted By George K
How to remove Spectralock Grout?

Meowloud

I also need to know how to remove spectralock. I need to remove a few linear feet of just the top surface of a 1/4" spectralock grout line so I can apply more spectralock to make a color...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-23-2009, 10:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,558
Posted By George K
Avoid the problem to begin with. After I set my...

Avoid the problem to begin with. After I set my tile and am satisfied that it is level with the adjacent tiles, I use a Popsicle stick that has been cut to the grout line width to clean out the wet...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 02-13-2009, 08:32 AM
Replies: 1,382
Views: 732,220
Posted By George K
Snets I use vinegar water to clean my mixer...

Snets

I use vinegar water to clean my mixer paddle. You might need an old toothbrush to get in all the nooks and crannies of those blades. I also think, that you might not have the time to clean...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 02-12-2009, 08:18 PM
Replies: 1,382
Views: 732,220
Posted By George K
I tried this using a mixer I got from a thrift...

I tried this using a mixer I got from a thrift shop. I used just one blade and chucked it up in a variable speed drill. I selected a blade that was square shaped so that I could get in the corners...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-08-2009, 08:01 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,246
Posted By George K
Tight. Nothing popped up. :shrug: No...

Tight. Nothing popped up. :shrug:



No condensation yet.

:confused:
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-07-2009, 09:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,246
Posted By George K
I would eliminate an application problem, either...

I would eliminate an application problem, either slab to DITRA, or DITRA to tile.
It is unlikely that I would have erred in a arc pattern EXACTLY where a future stove would be placed and nowhere...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-06-2009, 04:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,246
Posted By George K
The first picture clearly shows that the hollow...

The first picture clearly shows that the hollow tiles are not under the stainless steel sheet that the stove rested on, but form an arc around it. Remember that these tiles are not yet grouted.
...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 02-04-2009, 09:14 PM
Replies: 1,382
Views: 732,220
Posted By George K
LatCSRNC I tried mixing with the putty knife...

LatCSRNC

I tried mixing with the putty knife that ddmoit suggested, but wound up using a margin trowel. The trowel was easier to grip and it handled the stiff mix better.

A small mixing blade...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-31-2009, 07:35 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,246
Posted By George K
I have divided the floor into 1/3 sections with 2...

I have divided the floor into 1/3 sections with 2 soft joints at the 1/3 field points. It was a challenge with that pattern. The soft joints follow the grout lines and are not straight lines as they...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-31-2009, 07:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,246
Posted By George K
My plan :confused: Next week, I'll...

My plan :confused:

Next week, I'll SpectraLOCK up to the hollow sounding area. I'll then move the wood stove and check out the sound of the tiles that are under that stainless steel sheet. ...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-31-2009, 07:32 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,246
Posted By George K
What is the best way to pop one up without...

What is the best way to pop one up without destroying the DITRA or adjacent tiles or destroying the evidence?
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-30-2009, 10:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,246
Posted By George K
Yes it was the same golf ball. I was testing...

Yes it was the same golf ball. I was testing each section just prior to grouting that section, until I found the hollow area. Then I proceeded to test the entire 1300 to see if I had a larger...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-30-2009, 10:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,246
Posted By George K
The golf ball really does work great. I like the...

The golf ball really does work great. I like the fact that you do not have to bend over. You can test a large area just as fast as you can bounce and catch it. You can't miss the change in sound. ...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-30-2009, 10:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,246
Posted By George K
Good suggestion, and I might take the gamble, but...

Good suggestion, and I might take the gamble, but I'm using Spectra Lock PRO epoxy grout and a down-the- road problem would be a big problem to remove that kind of grout. It's tough stuff.
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-30-2009, 08:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,246
Posted By George K
The stove was not turned on until 5 months after...

The stove was not turned on until 5 months after the last tile was laid.
The basement floor is cool concrete below grade. While the tile surface near the stove is warm to the bare feet, it is no...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-30-2009, 01:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,246
Posted By George K
The tiles were not set wet nor were they stepped...

The tiles were not set wet nor were they stepped on soon thereafter.
That end of the basement has the first strip of DITRA that I put down.
The strip runs parallel to the wall behind the wood...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-30-2009, 10:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,246
Posted By George K
Mystery of the hollow tile ???

Only the area around the wood stove sounds hollow. Why?
I laid my last tile in June of 08'.
Wood stove fired up mid November 08'.
I started grouting just this past week.

I test each area that...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-29-2009, 05:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,776
Posted By George K
I bought the scarifier on e-bay. I'm finished...

I bought the scarifier on e-bay. I'm finished with it now and I will eventually get around to selling it. No it was not hard to use, but it was not an easy job (1300 sq. ft.). I still had to use an...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-28-2009, 02:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,776
Posted By George K
I roughed up my concrete basement floor with a...

I roughed up my concrete basement floor with a scarifier. It is much better than an angle grinder or one of those two disk concrete grinders that seemed to only polish the surface.
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-27-2009, 01:38 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,768
Posted By George K
health issues

Concrete dust is hazardous to your health, (think lung cancer). A shop vac without a HEPA filter will not cut it. A shop vac with a HEPA filter will clog very quickly. At the very least, use an...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-25-2009, 09:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,449
Posted By George K
I successfully removed 1300 sq. ft. of cutback...

I successfully removed 1300 sq. ft. of cutback from my basement floor using Bean-e-doo from Franmar chemicals. [ www.franmar.com ]. It is a soybean based product with a very good looking MSDS. I...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 01-09-2009, 02:13 PM
Replies: 1,382
Views: 732,220
Posted By George K
Thank you Dan and Steve I'll give the putty...

Thank you Dan and Steve

I'll give the putty knife a try.
That blade you show looks about 4 quarters long and about 3/4 of a quarter wide. It might be easier to use than a margin trowel.

George
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