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  1. Thread: Sealing Grout

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    Sealing Grout

    I have just had a new en-suite bathroom built.

    It has tiled walls and floor in room, and in shower recess.

    I have been advised that it is a good idea to seal the grout, especially in the...
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    Thanks mate Cheers Mark

    Thanks mate

    Cheers

    Mark
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    Thanks mate Mark

    Thanks mate

    Mark
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    stairs rise and run?

    Can anyone help me out with the BCA max rise, and minimum run, for internal stairs?

    Cheers

    Mark
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    filling gaps under skirting

    I have put on pre-painted skirting boards over a newly-tiled floor.

    The fit is not bad, but there are a few sections of a metre or so with a gap of up to 1mm.

    Does anyone have suggestions of...
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    Thanks mate, I appreciate all that detailed...

    Thanks mate,

    I appreciate all that detailed info.

    Unfortunately I did the job today before I read it. It's worked out ok, so far. Architraves on tomorrow.

    I know what you mean about the wave...
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    constructing a door jam

    I am putting into a timber stud wall, a 770 X 2040 solid core door.

    Next step is to construct and install the door jam.

    Does anyone have any hints to do this properly?

    thanks

    Mark
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    Thanks Mate - 5-6 mm it is. Planing has never...

    Thanks Mate - 5-6 mm it is.

    Planing has never been my forte :doh:, so I hope it fits :2tsup:


    Mark
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    Door Jam width for a Solid Core Door

    I am planning a door jam to hang a 770mm solid core door on.

    As a rank amateur, I don't know how much gap to allow each side of the door. That is, how wide should the jam be, internally.

    I have...
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    Thanks Joe, Will give it a try Mark

    Thanks Joe,

    Will give it a try

    Mark
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    Carpet just too short

    I have made a doorway in what was previously a wall.

    The carpet now ends up about 10 mm away from the edge of the door. The room on the other side is on a new slab, which is to be tiled.

    I...
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    Well, Thanks again everyone. I am sure that...

    Well,

    Thanks again everyone.

    I am sure that there is something that works well in there.

    Cheers

    Mark
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    Thanks Rod Maybe I will just chip, or...

    Thanks Rod

    Maybe I will just chip, or angle-grind the brick away. Then re-fill it. Its only about the size of a 50c piece.

    Cheers

    Mark
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    Marker pen showing through paint

    I have just had a small extension built. The existing external brick wall has become part of one wall of a new bathroom.

    I have near-filled the mortar joins with polyfilla, and skim-coated the...
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    Thanks everyone, Keep the suggestions coming ...

    Thanks everyone,

    Keep the suggestions coming

    Yonnee, I have decided on a traditional square layout, and have bought the square tiles

    Cheers

    Mark
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    Thanks for the tips. Do you mean a normal...

    Thanks for the tips.

    Do you mean a normal angle grinder?

    Cheers

    Mark
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    Floor Tiling around architraves

    I have 20 sq m of floor tiling to be done in a family room on a new slab.

    I am going to have a crack at it myself.

    I have done a little floor tiling years ago, but very basic.

    I have got the...
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    Thanks everybody, I will follow all advice ...

    Thanks everybody,

    I will follow all advice

    Cheers

    P.S. Is it my imagination, or is the currently available Villaboard thinner than what is in my 15 y.o. house?
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    Patching villaboard after window removed

    I have had a 600h x 1200 w window removed from my bathroom.

    I am planning to patch the stud wall inside, by putting in a section of villaboard, then trying to make the joins invisible.

    All I...
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    Thanks Juan, Great suggestion. I found the...

    Thanks Juan,

    Great suggestion. I found the empty bag in the junk pile. It was SupaCoat 400 joint compound. I rang the manufacturer, and they said it was ok :2tsup:

    Cheers

    Mark
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    Supercoat as tile underlay?

    I am getting an ensuite bathroom built by a builder.

    One shower wall is brick. We have agreed that he will render and tile the wall.

    I was expecting cement render, but he has rendered it with a...
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    Thanks everyone. I spoke to the builder, and he...

    Thanks everyone. I spoke to the builder, and he has agreed to get a prof. tiler in. :2tsup:

    Cheers

    Mark
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    tiling by a non-tiler?

    I am getting an ensuite bathroom built on to my house by a reg. builder.

    He has just told me that he and his workers are "a bit quiet" at the moment, so they are intending to do the tiling and...
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    Can I tile over new render immediately?

    Following on from my last thread "tiling over brickwork" : After such great advice from members of this forum, I am considering getting the wall rendered, then tiling.

    (the wall is above the join...
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    That sounds like a good way to go. Does anyone...

    That sounds like a good way to go. Does anyone know if the render can be tiled immediately, or does it need to be left for a period of time ?

    Cheers

    Mark
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    Thanks Bob and others, I did a search of the...

    Thanks Bob and others,

    I did a search of the forum, and found that there is a 16mm thick furring channel from Boral, to attach the Villaboard to.

    Tiles going up about 2m, Bob.

    I will check...
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    Tiling on brickwork

    I am getting an en-suite bathroom built in a new extension to my brick veneer home. One wall of the new bathroom is a single brick ( with piers) wall of my existing garage. Part of the wall is to be...
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    Thanks Bob

    Thanks Bob
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    Grout - Sanded or Unsanded?

    I am getting 150 X 150 ceramic tiles laid on my bathroom floor. They are normal tiles - not laser cut (I don't know the correct terminology).

    I am supplying materials. Should I get sanded or...
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    Thanks Tom I will just put on the plaster as...

    Thanks Tom

    I will just put on the plaster as is

    Cheers

    Mark
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    Tom, It's the water pipes in the wall. I have put...

    Tom, It's the water pipes in the wall. I have put silicone in the holes in the studs where the pipes go thru, and will look into the lagging suggested above

    Thanks

    Mark
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    Thanks everyone - sounds like it is back to the...

    Thanks everyone - sounds like it is back to the tile shops to try (with my very limited interior design skills ) to decide on some new small ones.

    Cheers

    Mark
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    big floor tile cut to small

    I have some porcelain floor tiles 430 X 430. I would like to cut each one into nine squares about 140 X 140, to use on a small en-suite floor.

    Is this possible? If yes - how is this done?
    ...
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    Well, thanks for all the advice everyone. I...

    Well, thanks for all the advice everyone.

    I guess I'll have to make the decision at the time. My gut feeling is "skirting last" - then it can easily be removed if it ever needs to be. The...
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    Thanks Bob, Yes, its a slab. No, the...

    Thanks Bob,

    Yes, its a slab.

    No, the height wont be a problem, except toilet and vanity will be effectively lower.


    Does one need to prepare the existing tiles before laying the cement for...
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    Floor tiling over tiling

    I have been told that it is possible to tile over existing tiles, without having to remove them

    I have a bathroom and laundry floor tiled in very strong colours, that are not restful to my soul.
    ...
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    Well, the others seem to agree to do the...

    Well, the others seem to agree to do the opposite. I must say that the argument about the floor tiles not being level won me.

    I will go with skirting down first. But that leaves the problem of wet...
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    tiles or skirting boards first?

    I am having a new room built on a concrete slab.

    I am going to tile the floor myself.

    Should I get the builder to leave the skirting boards, and do the tiles first?

    Or should I tile up to...
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    tiles or skirting boards first?

    I am getting a room built by a builder.

    He is completing everything, apart from the floor tiles. I am going to try laying them myself.

    I dont know whether to let him attach the skirting boards,...
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    Thanks everyone Cheers Mark

    Thanks everyone

    Cheers

    Mark
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