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Unread 12-01-2001, 11:41 AM   #16
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Jim

I don't know how small "small" is, but it is not normal to have cracks in your grout.

Did you mix your grout really wet?
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Unread 12-01-2001, 12:07 PM   #17
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no it was very slightly dry. If that helps at all. I was not runny more like a paste
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Unread 12-01-2001, 12:13 PM   #18
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to get a reference to the size. I could not see them untill I added the sealer it would give darker wet lines where the grout cracks are. After that when you put your face about 10" to 6" from the grout lines you can see the cracks. They are very small, But they run all over the grout lines in between the tiles.
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Unread 12-01-2001, 12:18 PM   #19
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Hi Jim

It sounds like the tiles are moving ever so slightly and have broken free of the grout in the joints . You used a good thinset, so this doesn't seem like it could happen. If these tiles were set with mastic, I could see it happening.

We need the voice of experience on this one.


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Unread 12-01-2001, 03:43 PM   #20
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The grout in extra wide joints will "craze" when it drys occasionally. This is more an aesthetic concern than it is a stuctural one. The only other thing that comes to mind is that the plywood drew the moisture out of the grout prematurely.

In either case, I doubt it's going to threaten the installation. I would not worry about it at this point.

Dave, anybody else?
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Unread 12-01-2001, 04:31 PM   #21
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Thanks for your thoughts on this John. You calm my nerves on this one. It' doesn't look bad at all. I was worried of how long the floor would last now that it has the cracks

I guess I'll just wait and see how long.

For future planning if I had to rip this tile up. I would have to get all the mortor out under the tile and then do it right this time with a sheet of CBU as mentioned before and retile the area. Remember all those screws...I don't want to remove that board out also. I leave that to the new owner or my kid when I'm dead and gone.

Do I have to remove the plywood also? I almost feel this is a stupid question..why not ask anyways.

Thanks again
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Unread 12-01-2001, 05:07 PM   #22
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Sit tight. Maybe the lord pughbaw guru, the exaulted one, Dave G. will happen upon this thread and further reassure you.

I think your installation is okay. Why worry about it now?
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Unread 12-01-2001, 05:27 PM   #23
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Well you won't have to rip up the floor maybe but give some more detail on these cracks please.

Where are the cracks? In the grout itself or along the tile edge.
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Unread 12-01-2001, 07:53 PM   #24
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the crack do go along the edge of the tile and in some places go across the tile to the other edge of the tile
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