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Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-19-2009, 07:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,691
Posted By SSM
We moved the stove and fridge 2 days after...

We moved the stove and fridge 2 days after grouting, used cardboard (packing materials from the cabinets) to protect the floor, no problems:tup1:

Squaring the brackets is important, will probably...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-18-2009, 07:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,691
Posted By SSM
Bar top overhang

Trying to make sure my breakfast bar top will be stable enough. Seems the most concern is with natural stone, and mine will be porcelain, so I figure I don't need the extreme measures I see in other...
Forum: The Mud Box 03-14-2009, 12:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,887
Posted By SSM
Mike, thank you for sharing this and posting such...

Mike, thank you for sharing this and posting such a wonderful tribute. The story about the lady's room at the Worship Center that needed its own zip code is very inspirational. She was...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-13-2009, 09:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,691
Posted By SSM
How soon after grouting to move in appliances

OK, the tile is down on the kitchen floor. Tomorrow will start grouting with Spectralock Pro. The instructions say to wait 24 hours for heavy foot traffic (at 70 degrees) and full cure at 14 days. ...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-11-2009, 09:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,491
Posted By SSM
Hi Matt, We took out our kitchen wall to the...

Hi Matt,

We took out our kitchen wall to the ceiling, leaving a half wall to create an island 8' long. We drywalled, taped, mudded, and textured the gap, and the ceiling transition matches well...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-10-2009, 07:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,691
Posted By SSM
OK, localized the problem to 2 CBU panels, pulled...

OK, localized the problem to 2 CBU panels, pulled then up and scraped down the subfloor and replaced. Close inspection and a consultation with the rest of the Installation Team (wife and son)...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-09-2009, 02:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,691
Posted By SSM
Yup, I agree, not a good thing. It's either the...

Yup, I agree, not a good thing. It's either the moisture-sucking or (more likely methinks) this newbie didn't do a nice even job spreading the thinset.:o The hardest lessons are the most valuable. ...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-09-2009, 11:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,691
Posted By SSM
Ack!!! CBU Re-do?

Over the weekend we installed the Hardibacker on the kitchen floor (plywood). Used unmodified thinset (as per Hardibacker website), applied with 1/4 x 1/4 notched trowel, did one piece at a time,...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-05-2009, 02:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,691
Posted By SSM
CX, thanks for the good word as always. In...

CX, thanks for the good word as always. In recognition of outstanding accomplishments in the field of excellence, I hereby nominate all the upaid help to a 50% raise! :tup1:

Picked up a used...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-03-2009, 03:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,691
Posted By SSM
Tiling floor soon - Yippee! - questions about installing CBU

Hot dang, gonna go pick up the floor tile. Some CBU questions before the fun begins:

1. For installing Hardibacker over plywood, their website says to use "dryset mortar" or modified thinset. ...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-22-2009, 11:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,691
Posted By SSM
Add a layer of 3/4" OSB under bar top base?

For the bar top, which will be 8 feet long and about 18" or so wide, I plan to use 3/4" BC plywood with corbels and'or or angle irons every 16" or so. I'm thinking of doubling the thickness of the...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-21-2009, 05:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,691
Posted By SSM
Counter edges and window dams

The countertop tiles are through-body, so it looks like we'll have some options. When the tiles arrive we'll test out various approaches to the edge treatment. The bar top will definitely need...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-21-2009, 01:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,691
Posted By SSM
Thanks Bob! We just got back from visiting the...

Thanks Bob! We just got back from visiting the kids in MO. Helped my son with his kitchen remodel. He'll be doing a porcelain tile countertop with Spectralock grout. Sadly, we didn't get to the...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-13-2009, 01:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,691
Posted By SSM
Sterling's kitchen: floors and counters

Hi folks. Would kindly Mr. Moderator please change the name of my thread here to "Sterling's Kitchen?" Thanks! And I'll just keep my posts right here. We are getting ready to go full bore on this...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 12-21-2008, 12:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,691
Posted By SSM
Thanks CX. I think I was half asleep when I...

Thanks CX. I think I was half asleep when I wrote the post. In the 2nd question replace "joists" with "studs" as in the studs in the knee wall. The third question wants to ask whether the...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 12-20-2008, 08:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,691
Posted By SSM
Sterling's Kitchen

[posted earlier and lost the post, probably posted to a forbidden place by accident, my bad, re-posting the questions now]

I'm putting in an island 8' long with knee wall and standard 24' depth...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 12-20-2008, 01:07 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,611
Posted By SSM
Postscript and next phase

We completed the floor stabilization project about a year ago. We installed a supporting wall under the 14' beam, dividing the downstairs into a cozy den and a home office for me. Switching to...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-11-2007, 10:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,611
Posted By SSM
To build the support wall

Here's my draft plan for my support wall. Comments are welcome! Yes, I'm also running this by my bro the builder guy.

Use 2x4 stud grade lumber. A single piece at the bottom (is this called the...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-09-2007, 10:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,611
Posted By SSM
All good thoughts, indeed. The wall would be 11...

All good thoughts, indeed. The wall would be 11 1/2 feet long, that's a fair piece of load spreading. I'm going to resist the tempation to build the mother of all walls out of 2x6s ;)

I used to...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-08-2007, 11:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,611
Posted By SSM
I have no reason to believe the concrete...

I have no reason to believe the concrete foundation slab isn't reasonably sound...but that's negative assurance. How does one test the soundness? My garage is on the same level, it is two bays...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-08-2007, 06:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,611
Posted By SSM
Yup, brosky is in Wenatchee, I'll haul him over...

Yup, brosky is in Wenatchee, I'll haul him over here for beer and consultation.

Mike, your early recommendation was a support post in the middle of the span, which solves the beam problem neatly...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-07-2007, 11:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,611
Posted By SSM
Thanks Mike. So I'm firmly down to replacing the...

Thanks Mike. So I'm firmly down to replacing the beam with 4 x 8 steel I-beam, if I am to put down a tile floor upstairs. Damn, that would be a ton of doing. Comes down to the question, just how...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-07-2007, 08:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,611
Posted By SSM
Thanks very kindly for all the replies, it's good...

Thanks very kindly for all the replies, it's good to be thinking this through. For one thing, I had no idea I'd be talking about steel beams. Glad I haven't plunged ahead with anything yet.
...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-07-2007, 03:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,611
Posted By SSM
Thanks for the comments. I'm thinking that the...

Thanks for the comments. I'm thinking that the thing to do is run some type of sister beam alongside the entire length the existing beam "E". The sister would go on the side that has the longer...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-07-2007, 12:07 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,611
Posted By SSM
The basement area was once a rec room, is now our...

The basement area was once a rec room, is now our master bedroom until the last bird leaves the nest, and then will be a rec room again and/or my home recording studio :-). A post smack dab in the...
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