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Old 02-01-03, 08:06 PM
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Ceramic Tile Survey

Jump in Here! I have just done a little unscientific survey here of the last twenty-five threads as of now.

There have been 2.205 views of those threads. That's an average of 88.2 views per thread. Of course some threads get more attention than do others for one reason or another.

Those of you that lurk but don't post must have some interest in these topics or you wouldn't be here to begin with.

Why not jump in? Surely you have questions nagging away at you or comments just waiting to jump out.

Jump in here folks we can't bite too hard.

Any and all comments are most welcome.
 

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Old 02-01-03, 08:54 PM
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Tile Research

There are posters who are independent researchers who read and research and collect info for their DIY projects. There are other mods like myself who read every post that is posted on this forum and don't have a tile project looming in the horizon. We read out of curiosity and because we want to learn. I agree, that based on your research results that more folks should probably be posting to the site. Why not? Perhaps we have done such a good job posting answers that they don't need to post additional answers or questions to inquiries. What is fearful is that we do not present a climate that invites the casual inquiry. While it is very important to maintain a level of professionalism that properly represents the website, it is also important to facilitate discussion and make folks feel welcome here. I am part of those 'clicking' statistics because I read just about every post that is posted on this website. How many others read out of curiosity? So, it is difficult to get a handle on accurate stastics on this website.
 
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Old 02-02-03, 09:47 AM
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sometimes thats exactly the case as twelvepole stated.I read some of these post and feel that any more info will just confuse people or start a debate about whos right and whos wrong.If there is no blatant errors that will cause a failure i will jus t read and move on without adding fuel to the fire
 
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Old 02-02-03, 10:36 AM
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31 hits and 2 (valid) comments at this point.
 
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Old 02-02-03, 03:34 PM
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I have a question Bud, Whats the temperature in Cabo San Lucas
 
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Old 02-02-03, 04:32 PM
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I did my first 2 tile projects over the past couple of months. A bath floor and whirlpool surround, and a fireplace front. I got loads of advice here, but I think I posted only 2 or 3 questions, at most.

I also got advice and tips on electrical, plumbing, yard, fireplace, etc. But, again, I didn't post every question I had.

When I am looking for advice or tips, the first thing I do is search the particualr forum for the subject I'm looking for. Most of my questions have been covered in previous posts. By searching and not posting questions that have been previously answered, it keeps the board fresh, and not cluttered with redundant topics.

I follow a VW forum, and have been made the defacto moderator. (VW Bugs are my passion) I sometimes get frustrated when I have to answer the same questions over and over again, and usually end up referring the poster to a previous thread.

Other than that, I (like twelvepole) also am curious about things I'm not currently working on, and just want to learn about certain trades and procedures.

I think that just because we aren't getting people to physically post here, doesn't mean that we're not helping people on their projects.
 
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Old 02-06-03, 10:59 PM
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You make a good point Bud. Usually if I have a question I do a search to find the answer, which can sometimes take forever, and also being a junior tile guy I sometimes don't give advice just in case I'm wrong, but then again when I look at the other responses I end up saying to myself "Hey, I was gonna say that".
 
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Old 02-07-03, 01:14 AM
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Greetings from a Lurker

This is one of the forums to which I subscribe and the little icon notifies me, whenever there's a new post. When I'm doing my round-robin, multiple times a day, I flash in and out absorbing the new information; Plus, I've searched the forum several times and as a result, I can honestly say I've learned a lot, discovered ideas, identified subjects for additional research and have been blessed by a few laughs.

But, I bought a fixer-upper and am on a multi-year plan. Tile will be going in the baths, the kitchen, the entry hall and over the fireplace. Unfortunately though, the tilework isn't scheduled to start until after I've addressed the more pressing issues; But, when I get to the tile, not only am I sure that I'll be better prepared and have some creative ideas due to the time I've spent lurking in this forum, but I'm equally sure I'll be posting several questions for the more knowledgable to answer.

Keep up the good work and Bud, you should really follow the directions in Tom's sticky and become moderator of this forum.

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Old 02-07-03, 02:25 PM
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magister,

Thanks for your vote of confidence it's appreciated.

I have been trying to raise a slight breath from Tom but to no avail so far. In fact I am at this moment (in another thread) holding a small mirror in front of his nostrils in an attempt to see if he is still alive. I've checked his pulse but frankly it's not good news at this time. I'm thinking about notifying the family members soon.

Who is Tom anyway?
 
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Old 02-09-03, 05:35 PM
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Lurking & Learning

I thought I'd give my $.02, for what it's worth.

I have really learned a lot from this forum, and from others on the net regarding ceramic tile and other topics. I don't always post here because I'm certainly not an expert, but have learned from recent experiences and the discussions that I have read here.

I'm proud of my recent project, my first tile project, and a pretty ambitious one since it involved rebuilding a shower and the pan. I learned how to do this from the Michael Byrne book and the John Bridge site. Here are some photos of how it turned out:

http://bellsouthpwp.net/w/l/wlmc/OurOldHouse.htm

My wife has since completed the wallpaper, and we've put up the crown molding. The sink, toilet and shower connection will be completed on Tuesday. Hooray!

Thanks for all the input and expert advice I have received here!

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Old 02-09-03, 06:52 PM
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Great looking work my friend now wasn't that fun???

Is that a "Better Bench" I see?
 
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Old 02-10-03, 09:00 AM
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Thanks Bud. I'm pretty pleased with the results. Yes, it was a lot of fun--not always easy, but now I have the confidence to tackle our other (larger) bathroom! Stay tuned...

Yes, that is a "Better Bench"--the smallest one for my girls to have a "leg shaving" step. But I get to take the first shower!

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Old 02-10-03, 01:02 PM
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"Better Bench" is a great product. They can be built into a tiling project or installed after the fact, it's a pretty slick idea. The fine people at Innovis Corp are also developing wall niches. Can't wait.
 
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Old 02-10-03, 01:18 PM
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I used the pre-formed wall niches from Bonsal. They worked great, too.----> http://www.bonsal.com/tilepage.html?sid=1713

I installed the double one (12"x12" on top of 6" x 12") on one side of the shower(as seen in the photo on the link I posted above) and the small 6" one on the opposite wall.

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Old 02-10-03, 01:58 PM
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I always have Bonsal niches in my stock and they are pretty neat, but, Ima tellin ya, when the Innovis niches hit the streets it will be so much easier to install them you ain't gonna believe it.

In fact I have a prototype sitting right here. Pretty neat.
 
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Old 02-11-03, 06:31 AM
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Hello everybody!, I am mostly a lurker, I know a little about alot of things or can figger out what makes it work. Not an expert about anything but,maybe duck hunting. So it is kind of hard to give advice. I always was better at take advice than giving it. OK please DO NOT confirm with the wife she might give you a wrong answer. I enjoy reading all the post!!!!I might not say alot but I will always be there! Keep up the GREAT work.
 
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Old 02-11-03, 03:46 PM
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You would be surprised how beneficial your comments would be to some folks. Don't hold back-jump in.

Hell...if you had to be an expert to be able to ratchet-jaw here, I wouldn't be here.

So what are you "mad" about anyway Madfowler?
 
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Old 02-11-03, 07:31 PM
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Hey Bud, I am not really mad. My wife calls it a maddness when duck season opens up. My wife pretty much rules the house until duck season. I told here during duck season the only thing I was going to do is hunt if you need something done " hire it". So when I was thinking of a handle she came up with Madfowler. Maybe that was more than you wanted "The more you know the less you understand" Tao te Ching
In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities but in the expert's mind there are few!!!!
 
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Old 02-11-03, 07:46 PM
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JB Forum members AWOL??

Bud and Todd and friends....

Does John Bridge know you all are out here at other sites??

Funny seeing you all here. I was hanging around JB forum for a while as "Israel." I'm better with wood than I am with tile though. Alas, my tilework will most likely always be mediocre at best.
 
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Old 02-12-03, 03:50 PM
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I don't know what John knows to tell you the truth. John fired me a few days before Christmas for getting a little mouthy with some gal that sent me an email and called me a prick. I shot back and John doesn't like that. John wants to rule so rule he does.

I like it here it's much slower and quieter.

Stick around Isreal I can use the company, and now that Todd is AWOL for a week or so there's plenty of room.
 
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Old 02-12-03, 06:58 PM
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interesting! So you got banned, huh? I enjoyed hanging around there for a bit but to be honest I didn't quite feel welcomed after a while so I don't visit there these days. Quite the tight knit group they have there. I just stumbled on DIY.com a bit ago and have enjoyed it. There are some knowledgable people here so that is good.

Maybe some of my tile skills will one day improve. I just never do enough of it to get great at it, you know? John didn't seem much interested in posting my pics when I got the tile done in the new house so that should show you how mediocre my tiling can be. Wife and I are pleased with it though and that is what counts.

But hey- they gave me great advice and I finished the house just before the baby came so I have been blessed in many, many ways.

DIY.com will do well to have you and Todd here I should think.
 
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Old 02-13-03, 05:46 PM
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No I wasn't banned but my Moderator privileges were abruptly withdrawn. There was an old crony of his waiting in the background that wanted the job.

Tight-knit group yes but all great people.

As far as the pictures...John did reserve final say on what got posted and what didn't.

I was the creator of the "ALUMNI ALBUM" and it was my intention to allow anyone to post photos of their completed tile jobs that were coached by those of us at the site. But John chose to control that I guess.

I also was the creator of the "LIBERRY". I didn't name the silly thing but the concept was mine and it took me a long time to make John understand the concept. I guess John thought the "name/title" was funny in a Texas sort of way.

John uses the title "MUDMEISTER"...that was also my creation.

In addition I was also THE ALL-TIME MOST ACTIVE PARTICIPANT at his site with over 7000 posts in less than two years.

John has been lucky to assemble such a large group of qualified and fun people at his site but you know how that goes...IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME.
 
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Old 02-19-03, 04:10 PM
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Hi Israel. I'm sorry you didn't feel welcome, and I honestly don't know why that is. Last I recall we posted pics of your newborn son (Caleb?).

I won't legitimate what Bud is talking about here. I don't feel I should have to defend myself. I will say, though, that Bud fell victim to the same type of conduct he is displaying here -- generally taking out his frustraton in public. He has not been banned from our site. In fact, he posts there frequently.

John Bridge

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Old 02-19-03, 06:07 PM
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The big difference is John can't censor or delete me here, others can but John can't.

When I posted the above information at John's site taking credit for my creations there he immediately deleted my post. It's a little harder for him to do here.

There is nothing wrong with my conduct here or anywhere and I certainly don't take credit for the creations of others.
 
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Old 02-21-03, 05:30 AM
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Let it go Bud!!
 
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Old 02-21-03, 01:59 PM
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Old 02-21-03, 03:17 PM
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Well HELLO Dave, I was wondering how long it would take you to show up here

Stay close my friend, someone needs to keep me in check you know.
 
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Old 02-27-03, 10:09 PM
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Just wanted to get thrown in the patty wagon with that group...HEY WARDEN.

Bud and John need to have one of those nights around a campfire with some good beer ( leave the hugs and drums at home)
 
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Old 02-28-03, 08:55 AM
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I'll make some beer if other can pull it off......
 
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Old 02-28-03, 09:53 AM
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INTRESTING reading . Funny who you find when your lost in the woods.
 
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Old 03-02-03, 12:28 PM
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Gee... How did I miss this eclectic run of information?

Going back to Point A: I surf the entire forum because I like to learn. I was just incredibly inquisitive (annoying) as a little girl and my brother was not interested in "work." So, I was Dad's little helper. He built two houses while I was still at home and it all just kind of stuck in my brain. We never took anything anywhere to get it fixed, etc. He did everything and was obsessive about it being done right. I can never bring myself to do anything half @#% if you know what I mean. See, I digress... I review all the info so I can see if I can pick up pointers, etc. and I do!!! There is just so much to learn!

There is one problem though: Seems the more I find out about something, the worse it gets here on the homefront! I think, "Oh, crap! Now I know that needs to be fixed too!" My imagination flicked to the Motor Home Forum, maybe I should ditch this house...
 
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Old 03-29-03, 03:43 PM
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Re: Ceramic Tile Survey

Originally posted by Bud Cline
Jump in Here! I have just done a little unscientific survey here of the last twenty-five threads as of now.

There have been 2.205 views of those threads. That's an average of 88.2 views per thread.

My opinion, you have too much time on your hands! LOL

P.S. floorman thanks for the note about my porn mascot avatar! Why in the world did you people let me put that up there? I changed it, thank goodness someone told me!LOL
 
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