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Old 07-10-2007, 10:48 PM   #21
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I forgot to add that the walls aren't necessarily straight, either.

I don't know about a wet grinder, but HD had some grinder thingy to rent, but you had to rent or buy a blade to go with it and it was pretty darn expensive compared to the electric jackhammer...3x or 4x the cost IIRC. The bushing bit just breaks up the surface which lowered it the fraction of an inch I needed quite quickly...seconds compared to the hours I spent with a chisel and hammer.

Also a note on positioning the tile. All the instructions I read say to start in the middle. For such a small room I decided it made more sense to put the whole tiles next to the most visible edge which was the shower door edge. This made for some short tiles around behind the toilet, but you don't really see those as much, and the others go under the counter top. I lucked out and the tiles and gaps left a full tile stopping at the doorway, although it was slightly crooked with respect to the doorway. (Will hide that with a threshold when we lay the laminate in the adjoining room.) In short I--with my vast experience of 25 square feet of tile laying--say consider centering the grid but look at what it does to the most visible edges.

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Old 07-10-2007, 11:15 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by cute fuzzy bunny View Post

Thats one of the biggest things a home fixer has to learn and adapt to is that almost nothing in a home is level or square. ...

$%#@ got that righ! New daughter = new bedroom remodel, got brave and tried wood laminate for the first time. The end result is nice, but thank God for 1/4 rounds! I still had to cut the last row 3 frickin' times, and you better believe I used half a tube of filling compound for my "learning experiences". Phhhbbb!

As far as tile, I tiled our second bathroom, and it's still a point of contention in our household. My advice? Have a couple extra sponges to wipe the extra grout off the tiles. Mine got saturated and parts are still foggy, even after a couple of grout removal treatments (the chemical took years off my life!). And the grout lines look terrible now, and I have to re-grout them. (Sigh), at least the toilet went back easy, and so far the floor seems level.

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