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Forum: Professionals' Hangout 08-15-2017, 09:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,161
Posted By COBALT
You're right - deflection was the wrong word. ...

You're right - deflection was the wrong word.

It's an old 1926 house - about 800 square feet of total basement space partially finished. Concrete is extremely old and very hard and thin in spots...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 08-13-2017, 12:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,510
Posted By COBALT
My wife dropped a gallon of milk after coming...

My wife dropped a gallon of milk after coming home from the grocery once and of course it busted open. At that point I was wishing we had porcelain tile on that section of floor with a nice seal. ...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 08-12-2017, 08:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,161
Posted By COBALT
Need basement floor leveling consult (seattle)

Long time no post for me - we're tackling our basement now and it's obvious after some work with a set of levels and a tape measure that we have a very uneven, old, very hard and thin-in-spots...
Forum: Cleaning, Restoration and Sealing 06-15-2012, 11:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,501
Posted By COBALT
Ug...I know the feeling, sir. Wanna know the...

Ug...I know the feeling, sir.

Wanna know the best part? My wife saw what was happening, but too late to stop it. She did have the guts to ask him what the heck he was doing tearing all of that...
Forum: The Mud Box 06-14-2012, 05:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,121
Posted By COBALT
We live in a country controlled by the perception...

We live in a country controlled by the perception of fairness and liability today.

Schools banning swing sets because too many kids were getting hurt and parents were going after the school...
Forum: Cleaning, Restoration and Sealing 06-14-2012, 05:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,501
Posted By COBALT
I had a floor where I had set a ton of hex...

I had a floor where I had set a ton of hex porcelain mosaics (white) with a very dark gray grout. The walls weren't plumb in this old house, so above the chair rail I needed some plaster work done...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 10-13-2010, 07:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,574
Posted By COBALT
Interesting...I was thinking anywhere between...

Interesting...I was thinking anywhere between $25-50 depending on the variables I mentioned. I wasn't far off. I'd say plenty of you are easily worth well over $50 per hour considering the quality...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 10-13-2010, 06:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,574
Posted By COBALT
What would a quality professional expect to earn?

I had someone who has been hitting me up with tile questions in my office lately ask me this question:

How much would a professional tile setter expect to earn - not necessarily for a given job...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-07-2010, 10:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,558
Posted By COBALT
No prob on the thread combine. I'm a member of...

No prob on the thread combine. I'm a member of so many forums I forget subtle rules like that. I think that was a std practice back when I joined too - just forgot.

So, back to the marble. I'm...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-07-2010, 01:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,558
Posted By COBALT
I'm wondering what people think about me beveling...

I'm wondering what people think about me beveling my own piece of marble? Should I wet saw a bevel into it or grind it somehow?
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-06-2010, 11:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,558
Posted By COBALT
Already tried that, and it looks good. I know...

Already tried that, and it looks good. I know I'm putting SOMETHING in that's 6" wide - but the WHAT hasn't been answered yet.

Found a piece of non-beveled 3/4" by 6" by 72" marble I can cut...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-05-2010, 09:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,265
Posted By COBALT
I've mixed enough grout to know the difference. ...

I've mixed enough grout to know the difference. This wasn't too loose or too wet. In fact it was plenty firm when I started (I was actually worried I'd have to throw half of it away before I was...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-04-2010, 11:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,265
Posted By COBALT
I've used vinegar before - probably start with...

I've used vinegar before - probably start with hot water and move to that last.

As for mixing I didn't use a high-speed drill. I have a 1/2" drill that has a low speed for high torque - perfect...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-04-2010, 01:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,265
Posted By COBALT
Much appreciated. I'll check out the article...

Much appreciated. I'll check out the article and go from there. I was planning on sealing it anyway...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-03-2010, 10:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,265
Posted By COBALT
Polyblend grout issue

I've used tons of the stuff over the years - mostly the sanded variety, and never had a problem until now.

Recently I picked up a couple of 25lb bags for a project I'm finishing up, mixed it up in...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-03-2010, 10:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,122
Posted By COBALT
Of course the first best move is to make sure the...

Of course the first best move is to make sure the subfloor is structurally supported correctly! Nice work, and I'm glad it helped to solve your leveling issues. I was mostly commenting...
Forum: The Mud Box 10-02-2010, 06:09 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 15,410
Posted By COBALT
I wouldn't have seen this if you hadn't left this...

I wouldn't have seen this if you hadn't left this thread open. This isn't sympathy, but words spoken from someone who at least understands how tough it can be to loose someone close to you.

I'm...
Forum: Cleaning, Restoration and Sealing 10-02-2010, 05:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 7,302
Posted By COBALT
Not to mention the fact that you'd be potentially...

Not to mention the fact that you'd be potentially poisoning yourself spraying that much. Trade the respirator and heavy gloves in for a simple bottle of sealer and a sponge. I also work on my cars...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-01-2010, 09:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,558
Posted By COBALT
Bad news - the opening is at least 38" and not...

Bad news - the opening is at least 38" and not the std 36". Finding a piece of marble to fit is going to be a big pain. Time to start the search I guess.
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-01-2010, 02:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,122
Posted By COBALT
Personally I haven't found a floor that was flat...

Personally I haven't found a floor that was flat enough to be able to use that tip. I end up having to float the floor with straight edges anyway, so I just relent, tape, mud and let it cure. Then...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-29-2010, 03:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,558
Posted By COBALT
Trust me - once it was down and you walk from the...

Trust me - once it was down and you walk from the kitchen toward this room you can see it. Now, it may just be me and the folks that see it, but it's going to bug them nontheless. I don't have to...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-29-2010, 11:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,558
Posted By COBALT
Lol, I like that. The only concern I have about...

Lol, I like that. The only concern I have about marble is finding one wide enough. It's a 6' exterior wall after all. Do you think I can pick one of those up at a tile store, or am I going to find...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-29-2010, 11:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,558
Posted By COBALT
Yes, cutting it back that far is certainly an...

Yes, cutting it back that far is certainly an option.

So...use the same hardwood material as a threshold? Not a bad idea, but I don't know if they have any more of that stuff left - they set this...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-29-2010, 12:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,558
Posted By COBALT
What do I do for a transition - given the fact...

What do I do for a transition - given the fact that I have this flaw to deal with?
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-29-2010, 12:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,558
Posted By COBALT
I need a hardwood to tile transition!

I have a small 8' x 10' TV room project in which my parents needed pre-selected 16" x 16" ceramic tile set. The room was originally carpet with hardwood flowing into the doorway, which is set at an...
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