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Old 08-04-2011, 11:55 AM   #1
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Mike's Bathroom Remodel

I recently contstructed a mortar bed shower stall using instructions I found on this site, THANKS!

Anyhow, it went smoothly (err, mostly smooth) and now I am grouting. I made an observation the other night while I grouted 1 of the 3 walls in my new stall. That observation is that me + grout + gravity = mess.

I ended up just sort of buttering my float first, then running it over the grout lines however, because 30% of my grout ended up on the floor, is there some sort of "trick" to this which I can employ for the last part of this job?

thanks in advance to all!

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1/8" grout lines
sanded grout purchased from home depot
mixed with water to slightly thicker consistency than tooth paste
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:07 PM   #2
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I tend to just take small amounts on the float at a time. Less to drop. If I have a pan underneath the good news is it is half grouted by time you get to it
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:33 PM   #3
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I smear a bunch on the wall in a few spots, then take from them as I need.

You can get a lot on your float and spread it thin on the wall so it hangs. Unsanded is easier to do that sanded, but it still works
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:36 PM   #4
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Use your notch trowel as a hawk. Hold it under the grout float as you spread the grout. This will catch some of the drops. Spread in upward motions to transfer the grout to the wall, then diagonally to spread the grout.

If you were using Spectralock, you'd figure this out PDQ.
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:46 PM   #5
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What is the consistency of your grout? Have you read the handy dandy Grouting tutorial in the library?
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Everyone grouts different. I grout down on walls not up. By the third wall you'll get the hang of it. It's all in the wrist.
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Old 08-05-2011, 05:48 AM   #7
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Thank you all for the helpful input. I just wanted to make sure it was not me.
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Old 08-05-2011, 11:32 AM   #8
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Can you hammer-drill through ceramic tiles?

I need to set my closet flange at this point. even though my toilet drain is set in a concrete basement floor, I still want to use screw the flange down to the tile. Can I just load up a standard mason bit in my hammer drill and drill through the tile or will that destroy and crack it?
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You can use a hammer drill. Results will vary, depending on the hardness of the tile. 90% chance everything will be fine.

There are bits that grind away the hole instead of the hammer action. they cost about 20$ a bit at HD or Lowes.
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Old 08-05-2011, 11:42 AM   #10
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Welcome Mike.

Please keep all posts about your project in this thread so folks can see what you're workin on and what's been previously asked and answered. We can give it another title if you'd like. Thanks.

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or will that destroy and crack it?
Probably. But without knowing exactly what you have, there's no way of knowing for sure. Better to use a diamond bit suited to your particular stone, ceramic, porcelain, etc........
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