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Unread 09-30-2020, 07:37 PM   #4756
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At a local AT&T store:

"How about you start setting tile at that end of the room, I'll start at this end, and we'll meet up in the middle. What could go wrong?"

I found about ten of these in the room.

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Unread 09-30-2020, 08:13 PM   #4757
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Oh, you meant that side of the line.
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Unread 09-30-2020, 08:31 PM   #4758
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I couldn't get over all these little 1/2 inch dutchmans everywhere. And right out in the middle of the floor. I know there's no ideal solution for that, but I'd rather cheat a 1/16" of the last four tiles to try and make it up than to put a shorty in the middle of the floor.

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Unread 09-30-2020, 10:25 PM   #4759
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why is it called a dutchman
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I've never understood why standards for commercial work are so low.
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Unread 10-01-2020, 05:07 AM   #4761
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I don't know, Jim. I heard that term years ago, probably here.

I've seen a lot of the same mistakes on different jobs, even dutchmans like that.

But this one was a first.

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Did they make you buy a new phone before allowing you to take all those pictures?
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No, I'm not on AT&T, just went there with a friend who was buying some things. I noticed the floor when I tripped over some lippage.
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Maybe AT&T tiled that floor theirownselfs, Kevin.
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My brother taught me about dutchmen, and he started back in the fifties.
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Why is it called a dutchman
There is a little history to it Jim. My guess is that it started after a few drinks in a bar somewhere irrelevant, but greatly significant, as you have now revealed.
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Unread 10-04-2020, 12:36 AM   #4768
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very interesting
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I used to work with a guy that we called "Dutchman Don".

He wasn't Dutch but he earned his nickname.
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I didn't know that it emanated from carpentry, and that's interesting. I haven't used a "dutchman" in years and remember doing it mostly when 4-1/4 tiles were the norm and tiles saws were not.

I used them mainly on kitchen splashes when trying to center the field under the sink window. Sometimes centering would leave something ugly. A dutchman would cure it and would mostly hide behind the faucet.
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