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07-10-05, 04:08 PM
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Thanks for the replies. The idea of doing the...

Thanks for the replies. The idea of doing the poly first is a good one. Paint could saturate the grain and force me to do a lot of sanding if it gets on areas I intended to poly later.

The only...
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Views: 5,290
Posted By COBALT

Depending on the type of wood that was used for...

Depending on the type of wood that was used for the top/bottom of the plywood (birch, fir, oak, whatever) and its finish grade you can always make your own trim edging to cover it. Buy some clear...
07-08-05, 10:35 AM
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Views: 1,100
Posted By COBALT

I agree. I settled on a water based satin poly...

I agree. I settled on a water based satin poly to finish my new natural fir trim. I'm slowly replacing all of the window casings, doors, baseboards in the house, and initially this was an...
07-08-05, 10:29 AM
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Views: 1,785
Posted By COBALT

Paint one side - Satin Poly on the other (door...

I have one of those wierd situations where i have a custom built natural fir door I've installed for my remodeled bathroom, and the natural finish looks great on the outside of the bathroom in my...
06-24-05, 11:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,614
Posted By COBALT

That is a pretty big span for 2x6 floor joists,...

That is a pretty big span for 2x6 floor joists, but they're only 11" apart, which is better. You may have to do some blocking or sistering. If there's a way to have the deflection measured I'd do...
06-24-05, 10:56 AM
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Views: 1,211
Posted By COBALT

There's more to this issue than just...

There's more to this issue than just discoloration or stains. The idea is to protect the grout. The more it stains the dirtier it looks first of all. Over time mildew, and other organic particles...
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Views: 2,149
Posted By COBALT

Yeah I thought about posting it there...just...

Yeah I thought about posting it there...just thought I'd give this a shot.

;)
06-16-05, 12:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,023
Posted By COBALT

Is it sanded grout? This is a tough one, because...

Is it sanded grout? This is a tough one, because with that amount of discoloration usually people start thinking about regrouting. There are acid solutions available you can dillute and see if that...
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Views: 2,149
Posted By COBALT

Restoring old cedar chest...

Help! My wife inherited a 100 year old cedar chest from her Aunt who died recently. She didn't live in very good conditions, so the chest suffered some abuse. The top was scratched up by animals...
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Views: 1,359
Posted By COBALT

lol well don't pat me on the back just yet. I'm...

lol well don't pat me on the back just yet. I'm a pretty experienced DYI'er, but I've never set a toilet believe it or not. There's always been someone else around to do that. Anyway, it took me 5...
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Views: 1,359
Posted By COBALT

Well.....while waiting for a response to my...

Well.....while waiting for a response to my thread I reset the toilet using two wax rings again. This time I had the wedges taped to the floor in the right place, so it was a...
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Views: 1,359
Posted By COBALT

Problems seating toilet...

I have a problem seating my elongated toilet onto the new closet flange in my remodeled bathroom floor. The flange was set on the subfloor, but the 1/2" CBU and 1/4" tile has resulted in a 3/4"...
12-06-04, 10:28 AM
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Views: 27,209
Posted By COBALT

I personally think it's tragic that products like...

I personally think it's tragic that products like Acryl-pro skate really close to mis-labeling their products. Thinset doesn't always = portland cement in other words. People buying materials for...
12-01-04, 10:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 747
Posted By COBALT

John Bridge's book(s) are excellent. That first...

John Bridge's book(s) are excellent. That first link is his latest book, but this is a link to his first one:
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12-01-04, 10:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,356
Posted By COBALT

I agree with that assessment. One of the things...

I agree with that assessment. One of the things you might want to investigate is the higher quality TileLab sealer called SurfaceGuard. It's a sealer you have to apply with an applicator or sponge,...
12-01-04, 09:52 AM
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Views: 1,168
Posted By COBALT

Yes, that's excellent advice. Nice catch. ...

Yes, that's excellent advice. Nice catch.

:cool:
12-01-04, 09:43 AM
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Posted By COBALT

Well, if you're planning on tearing it up in 5...

Well, if you're planning on tearing it up in 5 yrs why do it now? Just curious. Tile is a good way to provide good looks and durability for several decades. It's also expensive and time consuming,...
11-30-04, 02:17 PM
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Views: 1,168
Posted By COBALT

Just a couple of things to add: 1. There...

Just a couple of things to add:

1. There are costic solutions you can use to effectively "prime" a slab for SLC, mortar, and thinset. This can be an alternative to grinding. It's important...
11-30-04, 02:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 945
Posted By COBALT

I don't think anyone's mentioned this but not...

I don't think anyone's mentioned this but not using a clean bucket can sometimes put you in these situations. Contaminates can turn a batch of concrete, thinset, grout or any other portland cement...
11-23-04, 09:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,824
Posted By COBALT

It's important to get a nice flat subfloor before...

It's important to get a nice flat subfloor before putting wonderboard down. You may need to use a solvent to get the glue up. The idea is to provide a good surface to use the unmodified thinset for...
11-19-04, 10:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,074
Posted By COBALT

In the future put more steps into your grouting...

In the future put more steps into your grouting process. Grouting can be a difficult process, but mostly because of the constant washing you need to do.

Basically I end up washing the surface 3...
11-19-04, 09:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,661
Posted By COBALT

I've seen a lot of these and they're beautiful. ...

I've seen a lot of these and they're beautiful. Yes, you'll want to invest time and energy looking into various porcelain mosaics and pool tiles. Choose your substrate wisely, and use a...
11-19-04, 09:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,696
Posted By COBALT

Sharp Advice: the question was "what about the...

Sharp Advice: the question was "what about the "Good" stuff that last a lifetime...". Translation: I think you're looking for a rating of materials based on longevity. Well, depends on the room,...
11-09-04, 10:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,018
Posted By COBALT

Since you're using uniformely sized tiles of...

Since you're using uniformely sized tiles of alternating colors, and aren't incorporating a smaller tile as in an inset border or anything I would carry the same pattern regardless of the size of the...
11-08-04, 11:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,217
Posted By COBALT

Take a look around at some tool rental places and...

Take a look around at some tool rental places and see if you can get a larger tile saw. The only thing about HD is they usually rent out the least common denominator for tools. You need something a...
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