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Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 04-12-2010, 09:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,411
Posted By astrojeff
Hi Steve: We love our tiled kitchen...

Hi Steve:

We love our tiled kitchen countertop. I used matte through-body porcelain tile (Marazzi Graniti "Emerald") that had matching bullnose pieces and I grouted with SpectraLock. Since we...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-16-2010, 08:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,141
Posted By astrojeff
Just remember to consider your toekick depth in...

Just remember to consider your toekick depth in the layout. We sometimes forget that when doing a plan view layout of a tiled area since there's that cabinet overhang. It's not that big of a deal,...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-03-2010, 11:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,720
Posted By astrojeff
I just buy one of the gallon containers of...

I just buy one of the gallon containers of Tighbond II, pour it out over the base layer and trowel it with an adhesive trowel for vinyl floors (or a credit card with small 1/8" v notches). If you...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-02-2010, 09:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,720
Posted By astrojeff
Kevin: It appears to me that adding an...

Kevin: It appears to me that adding an additional 1/2" could potentially double your countertop stiffness, if it is very well laminated into the other two plywood sheets. I have no threshold...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-26-2010, 03:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,720
Posted By astrojeff
Sorry if I'm just going on about something you're...

Sorry if I'm just going on about something you're not interested in, but it's much more interesting than my work at the moment...:bonk:

I attached a picture of what I meant in the last post. You...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-26-2010, 03:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,720
Posted By astrojeff
We just had a very similar question recently...

We just had a very similar question recently about using metal inserts versus corbels. I won't go into the horrible details again, but you can read my opinion in this thread:...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-26-2010, 02:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,033
Posted By astrojeff
My suggestion here would entail additional prep...

My suggestion here would entail additional prep work, but it might help alleviate the problem that John mentions. If you predrill your upper plywood layer with a drill bit that's the same diameter...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-17-2010, 08:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,230
Posted By astrojeff
I tend to chamfer my outside corners (I think you...

I tend to chamfer my outside corners (I think you can see that in my picture)--they seem to be less bump-into-able that way (and the outside corner seems less useful to me anyway), but it does make...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-16-2010, 03:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,230
Posted By astrojeff
And I completely understand that there are...

And I completely understand that there are situations or personal preferences for which corbels are not appropriate.

I just want to make sure that folks understand that there is a lot more care...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-16-2010, 01:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,230
Posted By astrojeff
I don't need any new jobs, but thanks, Bob! ...

I don't need any new jobs, but thanks, Bob!

Here's a picture of my own kitchen counter with the bar overhang. It's a 9" overhang with corbels every 24" and two laminated sheets of 3/4" ply...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-16-2010, 12:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,230
Posted By astrojeff
Some numbers for perspective

Let me add some engineering numbers to the corbels versus steel reinforcement debate here. These are more or less theoretical numbers from a mechanical engineering text, and I have only done tile...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-08-2010, 09:28 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 12,178
Posted By astrojeff
I'm wondering if the screwdriver you are using is...

I'm wondering if the screwdriver you are using is strong enough? I've noticed that the initial screwing of the hardi can cause it to "tent" up on the screw, but then the last little bit of power...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 02-08-2010, 09:13 AM
Replies: 378
Views: 84,735
Posted By astrojeff
OK, big disclaimer here that I don't have shower...

OK, big disclaimer here that I don't have shower tiling experience, but I can't help from chiming in here. But "pinholes in the grout" causing water to leak below the tiles? Are they claiming that...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-01-2010, 12:23 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 12,178
Posted By astrojeff
I'm assuming you've got through-body porcelain? ...

I'm assuming you've got through-body porcelain? In other words, the inside is the same color as the surface?

I talked to a stone fabricator about polishing porcelain versus granite tiles. That...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-26-2010, 04:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,075
Posted By astrojeff
I had some Hardibacker sitting outside on the...

I had some Hardibacker sitting outside on the ground for a little over a year now and it's completely crumbled. Whether it's rated for exerior use or not, I wouldn't use it. That hardi siding must...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-20-2010, 08:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,808
Posted By astrojeff
Like Brian said, burning in is important to do in...

Like Brian said, burning in is important to do in a very thin and even skim on the back--you shouldn't be adding any measurable thickness of thinset to the tile. The purpose is to make the back of...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-13-2010, 03:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 824
Posted By astrojeff
I was wondering the same thing a few years ago. ...

I was wondering the same thing a few years ago. Here's the discussion:
http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=46445&highlight=nails

Of course, I could not find hot dipped...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-13-2010, 11:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,389
Posted By astrojeff
I've done my cutouts using a jigsaw and a carbide...

I've done my cutouts using a jigsaw and a carbide blade. The carbide blade is regularly available in the tool section at hardware stores. You can also keep scoring it on both sides with a carbide...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-13-2010, 09:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,389
Posted By astrojeff
Hi Steve: As Ed mentioned, what you are...

Hi Steve:

As Ed mentioned, what you are proposing is not recommended for the sake of quality and longevity. We can help you do it right... However, you can do as you wish in your own house. You...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-08-2010, 01:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,606
Posted By astrojeff
I'm just brainstorming...

My purely intuitive thought is that you're risking breakage with such a long overhang. I don't know the engineering properties of your granite tiles, so I can't answer quantitatively how much of an...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-08-2010, 11:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,492
Posted By astrojeff
I did my two countertops with Hardibacker, which...

I did my two countertops with Hardibacker, which is slightly different than Ditra, so be aware of the difference: I first added some extra lumber supports in the long spans between cabinets--at the...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-07-2010, 11:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,492
Posted By astrojeff
Hi Gary: First, I would say that you could...

Hi Gary:

First, I would say that you could do even better than 1/3 the cost of slab if you tile yourself. The general recomendation for granite countertops is 2 pieces of 3/4" plywood, plus a...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 12-02-2009, 09:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,191
Posted By astrojeff
There are other internet forums where you can get...

There are other internet forums where you can get electrical advice (at your own risk), or you can always consult an electrician. You run the risk, of course, of an expert telling you not to install...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 11-27-2009, 11:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,191
Posted By astrojeff
Like Ed, I am also assuming that you have an...

Like Ed, I am also assuming that you have an extra cord that you could dissect?

I'm wondering the exact same thing as you, however. That ground doesn't do too much if it ain't hooked up to...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-20-2009, 09:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,742
Posted By astrojeff
Just adding one more picture from the other side...

Just adding one more picture from the other side since most of my "during" pictures were of that wall.

Thanks!
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