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DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 04-30-2008, 08:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,264
Posted By MattCoops
Grout takes 3 DAYS to fully cure, not weeks. ...

Grout takes 3 DAYS to fully cure, not weeks.
AquaMix makes a same day sealer.
And there IS a difference between different sealers. There's some that last only a year and there's some with 15 yr...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Tools 04-14-2008, 03:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,461
Posted By MattCoops
I bought a $15 grinder from Harbor Freight about...

I bought a $15 grinder from Harbor Freight about 3 years ago, and the thing still runs strong.
Sometimes cheap tools work magnificently.

I bought a little 7" compact wet saw for $65. It looks...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 04-14-2008, 03:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,939
Posted By MattCoops
You could have pumped out Self Leveling Compound...

You could have pumped out Self Leveling Compound and had a perfectly flat, and level surface to tile over.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 10-06-2007, 02:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,063
Posted By MattCoops
If you read the can of stain you have it will...

If you read the can of stain you have it will tell you to sand.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 10-05-2007, 03:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,063
Posted By MattCoops
I would definitely sand the floor. Then a few...

I would definitely sand the floor.
Then a few coats of stain.
And a couple coats of poly.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 10-04-2007, 06:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,936
Posted By MattCoops
Wood is no good. Tile is in style. Ceramic...

Wood is no good.
Tile is in style.

Ceramic tile or stone is by far the best floor covering solution for bathrooms.
Has been for a long time.

And you don't have to use concrete board,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 10-04-2007, 06:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,024
Posted By MattCoops
the pro is to seal the grout the con is to Not...

the pro is to seal the grout
the con is to Not seal the grout
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 10-04-2007, 06:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,764
Posted By MattCoops
I wouldn't use that style of drain, with rubber...

I wouldn't use that style of drain, with rubber gasket, in my shower pan.
I'd buy a three piece drain that is threaded and screws together.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 09-21-2007, 07:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,024
Posted By MattCoops
hey TileGuy, whereabouts in NC are you? ...

hey TileGuy,

whereabouts in NC are you?

do you subcontract?
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 09-09-2007, 05:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,349
Posted By MattCoops
Cork looks nice and is pretty durable. It's...

Cork looks nice and is pretty durable.
It's spongelike so messes get absorbed.
It can last a while. There is a home older than 100 years old in the Newport, Rhode Island mansions district with cork...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 09-03-2007, 12:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,316
Posted By MattCoops
Use thinset and install. Use a wet saw for...

Use thinset and install.
Use a wet saw for cuts, and miter on the corners.

Is there a leak problem?
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 09-03-2007, 12:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 957
Posted By MattCoops
Use the Better Business Berau to file a complaint.

Use the Better Business Berau to file a complaint.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 09-03-2007, 12:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,024
Posted By MattCoops
And if sealing, or resealing, use aquamix sealer,...

And if sealing, or resealing, use aquamix sealer, available at your better tile shops. It will last 15 years.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 08-27-2007, 02:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 908
Posted By MattCoops
If the cracks are in-plane you can still tile...

If the cracks are in-plane you can still tile over the slab.
If the cracks are out of plane, or unlevel. Then you can't tile.

I would suggest installing Ditra underlayment over the slab before...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 07-13-2007, 04:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,045
Posted By MattCoops
Very creative. I've seen it done before in a...

Very creative.
I've seen it done before in a herringbone pattern.
I like it. But wouldn't want it in my house.

How was the grout composed?
It looks like it screams maintenance.

Looks like...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 07-13-2007, 04:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,263
Posted By MattCoops
Tile and Stone

Have you ever thought about ceramic tile or stone?
Both will be plenty durable enough and last for years.
Tile will be plenty low maintenance compared to a laminate or wood that will scratch or...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 07-07-2007, 06:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,117
Posted By MattCoops
I don't like the floor but that is great glass...

I don't like the floor but that is great glass tile work on the wall/shower.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 07-07-2007, 06:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,198
Posted By MattCoops
You CAN install tile over drywall. TCA (Tile...

You CAN install tile over drywall.
TCA (Tile Council of America) approves of installation of wall tile over gypsum board.
You don't necessarily HAVE to use a backerboard system.

I would NOT use...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 06-30-2007, 03:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,577
Posted By MattCoops
If you use a quality sealer, you'll only need to...

If you use a quality sealer, you'll only need to apply two coats and need to reseal after 15-20 years.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 06-30-2007, 07:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,577
Posted By MattCoops
Your sealing the grout, not the porcelain tile....

Your sealing the grout, not the porcelain tile. The tile probably won't accept any sealer. The tile has a glaze over it already.
You should seal the grout lines. Aquamix makes an excellent sealer...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 05-22-2007, 07:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,456
Posted By MattCoops
I agree with acid staining if you don't want to...

I agree with acid staining if you don't want to tile the area.
Paint will get marked up fairly easy over concrete and eventually chip and peel.
Why not tile the area?
Makes for a nice finished...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 05-22-2007, 07:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,037
Posted By MattCoops
How bout attaching a picture of the space to...

How bout attaching a picture of the space to better give an idea of what to base the design options off of.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 05-22-2007, 03:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,064
Posted By MattCoops
Hire a plumber.

Hire a plumber.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 05-22-2007, 03:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,653
Posted By MattCoops
I think they look better if you tile the whole...

I think they look better if you tile the whole thing then screw the stainless steel sheet over the tile using a masonry bit.
The stainless steel you have is just a sheet over the stove, right?
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 05-22-2007, 02:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,202
Posted By MattCoops
Well first, if you can get granite slab for $40 a...

Well first, if you can get granite slab for $40 a square foot, then buy it.
It starts at $50 here.

You can save some money by installing granite tile.
Remove existing formica. Install 3/4"...
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