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Unread 04-24-2008, 05:09 PM   #16
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The reason you don't see marble on countertops has less to do with staining and more to do with sanitary issues. Think raw chicken and all the nasty things that the liquid it has contains will be absorbed by the marble.
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Unread 04-24-2008, 07:59 PM   #17
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We never set raw food, or cooked, directly on our counters anyway. We always use cutting boards when prepping food.
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Unread 04-25-2008, 07:48 PM   #18
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There's light at the end of the tunnel. My wife and I have spent the past two days working hard on the kitchen. Tomorrow we'll be ready to install the tile, at least that is the current plan.
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Unread 04-26-2008, 09:07 AM   #19
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Unboxed the sink today and there is a large chip in the back left corner. Dug out the receipt so it can be returned and exchanged today.
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Wonderful, Joe. That's a great excuse to procrastinate the project for another month or so.
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Unread 04-27-2008, 10:25 AM   #21
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I had nothing to do with stalling his project...not even close to that sink.

Ya know, get rid of those pots and pans under the counter and install some wine racks. Run some power from the stove and make it a refridgerated unit. That should add three weeks.....
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Unread 04-27-2008, 11:30 AM   #22
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My wife exchanged the sink yesterday. I installed enough of the counter tiles to install the sink, looks good except the faucet fittings are a different size than the old faucet so I need to get some plumbing supplies today. Running out now to do that.

There will be no multi-week delay in this project!
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Unread 05-03-2008, 01:05 PM   #23
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Penny Round fun

Ok, I've set one sheet of the penny round tile (3/4" glass round tiles mounted on mesh backer.). The problem I have is thinset oozing between the tiles. I didn't think I used too much but apparently I did. Anyone with some hints/tips to help avoid this?
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Unread 05-03-2008, 08:25 PM   #24
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Joe, I recently finished my tile marble tile job. Ill try to post pics tomorrow to show you. everything came out like planned. Tile was able to be polished on the edges with progressively finer sand paper. The only surprise was how brittle the marble was when cutting it for tight areas. Im very happy with the way it turned out.
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Unread 05-04-2008, 01:03 PM   #25
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Hi trouble,

Sounds good, now where are those pics?

I just finished grouting the countertops today, used Spectralock. It was very easy to work with. I didn't need the full amount so I mixed one third of the unit. I used an electronic scale to get the proportions correct. Pics will be up in a little while, need to finish cleaning first.
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Unread 05-05-2008, 10:34 AM   #26
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Hi Joe, how's it coming today? I know my eyes are bad, but wheres
the pics? What size/shape trowel did you try on your penny rounds?
I would think a *new* 3/16" v-notch would be my choice. Whith those
rounds mounted on netting I probably wouldn't go any smaller in notch size.
If you are still getting too much thinset between the tiles you can use a
paint brush dipped in water to knock it down. Just make sure to shake most
of the water out of the bristles. Wipe with a sponge and your tiles should be pretty clean.
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Unread 05-05-2008, 10:58 AM   #27
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Hi Jack,
Sorry about the lack of recent pics. Camera is at home with the memory card. I'll post some tonight.

Doh! Trowel size, definitely sounds like my problem. In my rush to put some of the penny rounds up I just used my 1/4" square notch trowel. Worked great for the marble, not so great for the penny rounds. I've got a 3/16" V so I'll give that a try.
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Finally, a few pics to show recent progress. Still have to set the rest of the penny rounds.
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Unread 05-15-2008, 09:45 AM   #29
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So you're not done yet?
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Unread 05-15-2008, 09:50 AM   #30
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Set a tile, drink some wine, set a tile, drink some wine, sett a tyle, drink som whine, set a til, drkl sommmmmmm winee....
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