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Unread 11-22-2005, 06:52 AM   #1
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grouting a large area.

I am not looking for to grouting the 380 square feet of tile I just installed, but i know it's gotta be done . The tiles are 12x12 with 1/4" grout joints. I would like to do it all in one shot, but if I cant, what is the best way to do it to avoid grout mismatching? It's a darker grout with a darker tile,....so I think it may be noticeable. I will be using custom products grout (not prism).
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Unread 11-22-2005, 07:04 AM   #2
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i would use for eg:a cup or somethin to measure the same amount af grout and the same amount of water tha i would use to mx the first batchto mix the second batch but thats what iwoulddo maybe someone has a better idea goodluck happy grouting
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Unread 11-22-2005, 07:27 AM   #3
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Hi Larry,
if you're concerned about mismatch grout color and if you've put a fair amount of effort into getting the tile laid properly, I'd suggest you try to avoid the question altogether and maybe just get a buddy to help. Wouldn't you hate to actually end up with a slight color mismatch.
I did a kitchen and laundry about the same sq feet but with epoxy grout which I think is much more difficult to put down. I've never used regular grout, but my impression is that it's considerably less effort compared to epoxy grout. You're right though; I was dead tired after doing it.
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Unread 11-22-2005, 07:40 AM   #4
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Larry, in addition to drafting a helper, make sure you dry mix all of your grout prior to starting. Get a large bucket and dump all of your bags of grout into it a little at a time and keep stirring. Use additional buckets and mix between them if necessary. Take your time and try to keep the dust to a minimum. Buy more than you think you will need. I would rather throw some away (or keep the extra in an airtight bucket) than have to open a new bag in the middle of a job. I grouted a large area over two days after dry mixing and I had a perfect color match. You can not tell where I stopped. Taking your time and doing it right is more important than doing it all in one day, especially if you are using non-epoxy grout. If you get tired and sloppy in a marathon grouting session, you will have to stare at the results for a long, long time. Don't worry, the project will go faster as you gain confidence and experience. Start slow and get the hang of it first. A good clean-up of the area you have just grouted is more important than doing it all in one shot. Just my two cents.
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