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Unread 12-15-2007, 09:53 PM   #1
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Question need answer asap

QUESTION 1:The "tilers" just left and there is alot of thinset or?? on my new porcelin tiles. They are coming back tomorrow and didn't seem too concerned about all the stuff on the tiles or in my super thin grout lines. Should I get busy and try and clean them up tonight??? or wait 'till they come back??
QUESTION 2 and 3:I've read all the books and watched all the shows, now I want to try and tile my tub surround. I had someone put up Hardybacker with a barrier behind. Do I have to tape the seams before I tile? also they installed the boards all the way over the tubs little raised lip. This doesn't look right to me. Should I have them trim it back??
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Unread 12-15-2007, 10:42 PM   #2
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Hey Flipmick I wouldn't worry about the mortar on the tile. It will come off.
You do want to make sure they cut it out of the grout joints as it could lead to blotchy grout color.
Backer board over the tub flange is ok as long as it doesn't angle out where it does go over the flange. If it does angle out well then the installed tile won't look right. If it does your should get it set on the top of the flange.
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Unread 12-16-2007, 11:11 PM   #3
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Thanks JTG, The guys are finishing the kithen floor and I'm in the tub. Tiling is alot harder than it looked on TV!!! It's a good thing I don't need this tub. I'm still glad I'm trying. Hmmmm? maybe I'll do my backsplash. Thanks again for the help.
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Unread 12-20-2007, 01:07 AM   #4
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Exclamation they want to use a buffing machine!!

1st it was really messy cement, but it dried and the tiles were all straight and level. The cement all came off and they started the grout.....I went to work. When I got home they were gone for the day and the Polyblend non sanded grout was dried just they way they applied it. They only wiped off 1/3 of the floor to a haze, but the rest of the grout lines have thick 1" borders of dried grout!!! They didn't show up today because of rain and traffic ( I'm in the O.C.). they said not to worry because thay are going to bring a buffing machine to remove the excess grout. Is this going to be OK?? Will this ruin my tile?? I'm pretty sure they "Are not sure" either. I can stay home and stop them and make them try something else 1st. I tried vinegar and it's not coming off. They are Interceramic "Iron Slate" porcelain, and the grout is charcoal colored. HELP!!!!.....again.....
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Unread 12-20-2007, 08:54 AM   #5
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I merged your two threads together so we could see the background information from your first post.

Going forward, if you have additional posts on this project, please add them to the bottom of this thread.

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Unread 12-20-2007, 03:51 PM   #6
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I have done grout like that with a buffer and if they know what they are doing it will be fine,with a little touch up.
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