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Unread 05-02-2005, 06:21 AM   #1
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Tile Gap/Grout Line - less

Where to start? O'yea, laid part of my backsplash this weekend and now I have tile gaps to be grouted. They are all about a standard 1/8" to 3/16" thickness except for a few that are very, no "very" tight. Yes, there is still a gap but what kind to grout should I use? Sanded? Unsanded? What's the difference?

I was also a little messy with some of the thinset. Is there an easy way to get this off?
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Unread 05-02-2005, 06:26 AM   #2
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Rich, you will need to use sanded grout because your tile spacing exceeds 1/8".

First you will have to scrape the thinset off. If it's only been one day since you laid the tiles it will come off with a little coaxing. What type of tile?
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Since you have a range of grout lines widths, you have a couple of options: 1) you can mix sanded and unsanded grouts and do everything. 2) you can grout using sanded in the wider areas, then unsanded in the thins areas., and 3) you can grout with unsanded everywhere.

The advantages: Option 1) your grout will be the same color and texture everywhere. Option 2) the right grout is used where it belongs. Option 3) you need only one type of grout, the color and texture will be consistant.

The disadvantages: Option 1) you need two different types of grout. Option 2) you need two different types of grout, and they may not match in color, will not match in texture. Option 3) You may get shrinkage cracks in the wider joints, so you will have to regrout those areas with a looser batch of grout.

The pros use Option 1 because it saves time.

Thinset in the joints has to be dug out by hand, using a margin trowel or a grout saw. The longer you wait, the harder it will be.
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Mike2,
I used tumbled marble 4" on diagonal.

Out of curiosity how long should it take to tile a kitchen backsplash that is about 200 inches long?

It seemed to take me for ever to tile a 4' section yesturday especially when I got to the top and electric outlets that needed cutting.
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Unread 05-02-2005, 06:56 PM   #5
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Getting the thinset out.

Saturate it with a sponge and it will get a lot softer, especially if you just set it.
Just scrub the thinset with the sponge, a lot of times it'll come right off.

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Thanks, Thinset is clear and I am going with Option 1. Do you have a guideline on how to mix the different grout? Is it in equal parts, etc?
Thanks again
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50-50 should work.
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I used a Dremel to get the thinset out of the seems. It worked great.
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