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Subject:  Bathroom tiling Date:  7/20/2003  9:42 PM
Author:  koralis Number:  2446 of 4658

Bathroom tiling in marble... from subfloor (after removing the 50 year old linoleum!) to pre-grout. Grouting happens this evening....

Subfloor just after I got the last of the linoleum up. The water dampness is self-inflicted to help peel up some stubborn glue. In hindsight I'd have installed the backerboard over the linoleum instead of removing it. Major pain...

Backerboard cut to size, studs chalked.

Backerboard has been installed over thinset, screwed down to the subfloor, and the joints have been mortared with fiberglass tape. In addition, the old toilet seat had a new cover installed over it and leveled via some thinset. It's screwed into the subfloor for strength.

The backerboard has been painted with a waterproofing rubber paint, basically. It keeps any spills (overflowing tub, backed up toilet) from getting through the tile/grout into the subfloor. Strictly voluntary... not required... but I didn't want to ever rip up the tile to get back at the subfloor. Probably overkill :)

Fitting tile around a curved tub is a major hassle. It got a whole lot easier after I discovered that a Dremel tool with a silica oxide grinding bit will cut through marble like butter though. Forget the wet saw and straight cuts... Alluminum oxide bits work too, but seem rougher on the tile (though much more durable.)

The two toughest rows... done. Ahhh. Now we're basically just dealing with minor wall deviation adjustments. Time to call it a night. :) (no, I didn't do all of this in one day!)

Next day I finish up the tile layout...

Still to come.. .grouting. I just bought some. Hopefully the grouting comes out as well as the tiling did. Almost done!!

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