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Unread 10-25-2002, 10:52 AM   #1
Robert Villa
 
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Mind you, I am a thrifty guy. In the East Coast, you'd call me a Yankee. Others call me cheap.

I religously re-use tile spacers. I have a helper remove them, and squeezes them to remove the dried thinset and I have him put them in a large 1 gal. plastic jar.

I have be laughed at this week on the job 'cause I am so cheap.

Does anyone out there re-use tile spacers?
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Unread 10-25-2002, 11:14 AM   #2
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Positively, Robert!! Nice to know another tight a-- . In fact, I even use small old MASTIC buckets to hold the different sizes and shapes. (Now, granted, it wasn't MY mastic, but still). Heck, why wouldn't you... over several jobs you can actually buy a cup of coffee with the cost savings.
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Unread 10-25-2002, 02:24 PM   #3
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What the hell would you do with them if you didn't re-use them...leave them in the floor???

I've got a bucket full of several sizes that goes everywhere with me and I've had this bucket of spacers for years. I occaisionally must add to it due to attrition. The long livers though have had a muratic bath any number of times.
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Unread 10-25-2002, 05:44 PM   #4
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So far, full agreement.

I throw mine away when two things happen: I find a source for some new ones, and the old ones get so brittle you can't squeeze them anymore.
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Unread 10-25-2002, 06:15 PM   #5
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Whew...man am I glad too see I'm not the only "frugal"
tile man around....hhhmmmm....do ya tink it's sumpin
in duh tinset ? I keep 3 sizes.

all right who else waxes their buckets ?...
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Unread 10-25-2002, 06:53 PM   #6
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I'm guilty, too.

I keep them in one of those parachute bag thingys.
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Unread 10-25-2002, 06:57 PM   #7
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Same here, ziplock bags for me.

If you guys haven't figured it out by now I am tight with money on things. I do spend on quality though.
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Unread 10-25-2002, 07:34 PM   #8
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Me too...Skippy peanut butter jars.
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Unread 10-25-2002, 08:07 PM   #9
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I've never used spacers.I use the little red plastic shims.Can adjust from 1 mm up to 5 mm and more if you use two together.I use them over and over again too.They are stored in a old plastic cut off Coke bottle in my toolbox.Does anyone else use the shims instead of spacers?

All right,I mean from 1/32" to 3/16" then .
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Unread 10-25-2002, 08:13 PM   #10
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I use lots of those plastic wedges, too...but none of them have those millimeter thingys on them.
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Unread 10-25-2002, 08:46 PM   #11
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Well, I save them in an old mastic bucket too....and it's MY mastic bucket!...Mine I tell you! MINE MINE MINE!!!!..HA, HA, HA, HA!!!!.......oh......sorry...
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Unread 10-25-2002, 09:26 PM   #12
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Unread 10-25-2002, 10:33 PM   #13
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OK now see...you had to get technical didn't ya. I was happy calling them tile spacers (which is what I use them for) but actually what I use is Pergo shims. Green, white, blue. different size on either end and when combined with another shim they offer everything I ever want to do.
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