laying granite flooring


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Old 02-10-03, 01:04 PM
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Angry laying granite flooring

I laid a granite floor (12" squares) in my foyer at home...an 8 X 16 area. Using a 1/8" spacer, I found that my finished work was less than desirable in that there are uneven edges between the tiles. In hind site, I feel that the mud was too stiff to allow better leveling, but no use in looking back.

Is there a process whereby I can polish the finished floor with some type of equipment (i.e., sanding/polishing) and media similar to what one finds for wood floors. I would hope to be able to even the whole area?? If such a process exists, would it be done in a dry mode or would it have to be wet???

I appreciate any comments.
 
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Old 02-10-03, 01:55 PM
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I'm sorry to hear that!

Yes the floor should be able to be 'stoned' and repolished but you can't do it I don't think. This requires very specialized equipment that I'm not sure you can get your hands on.

You should check with the nearest terrazo floor specialist for some suggestions. Those guys would have all the right equipment and should be able to either do it or recommend someone.

Sounds as if you know what caused the lippage in your floor. I would agree with you. This could be the cause.
 
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Old 02-10-03, 02:29 PM
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thanks for the comments...unfortunately..was afraid that would be your response....

now...whom can I call in town and I wonder what that's going to cost.........hummmmm......maybe I should tear it out and start all over....

bet that'd be an expensive prospect.

thanks anyway.

Tom
 
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Old 02-10-03, 02:43 PM
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I'm almost positive you won't have a problem finding someone in a place like Huntsville.

A-n-n-n-n-d if you are in procurement I can tell you that the Government uses terazzo all the time in their projects, you should have contractor information at or near your fingertips even as we speak.
 
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Old 02-11-03, 06:33 AM
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yes..in procurement...but if you think I can afford the kind of pricing that the government pays for their services....."NOT"......

but enjoyed finding this site....just bought an industrial tile saw of my own to do some more work on the house...hopefully with a more professional outcome than my granite foyer.

and on that point...my foyer...think someone wanting to do a project (their first) in such a visable area such as a foyer should first try some non-discernable location to gain "lesson's learned". no matter how much you're able to glean from video's and web sites and books...it's the hands on experience that is invaluable...so...try some other part of the house and then go to the more visable location like a foyer....

second...I found that I spent more time setting my cement board and dry laying the whole foyer before I set it with mud....take your time...don't hurry...don't rush....so a small section and do it right....then expand....

so...now I'm off to do marble around a fireplace upstairs....and then marble a back foyer to the back yard....seems you can find marble at Home Depot and Lowes as unexpensive as regular tile....

so with that and a quarter my friends- will buy you a cup of coffee..

thanks again.

tom
 
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Old 02-11-03, 03:44 PM
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Well I was a Government Contractor in Texas for thirteen years and I can tell you that only "THE GOVERNMENT" pays those outrageous prices, no one else does.

Get an estimate, I think you'll be surprised how reasonable it will be to have done.

"THE GOVERNMENT" brings all that profiteering onto itself. The way "THE GOVERNMENT" spends OUR MONEY is a disgrace.

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