by Eric Stromer, Posted Aug 13th 2008 11:56AM
Filed Under: Experts, Eric Stromer
The area between the kitchen counter and beneath the cabinets, also known as a backsplash, can be tough to keep clean. By installing ceramic tiles, you can make your space beautiful, and simplify your clean-up time.
We did this back in the 50's and it's very hard to keep the grout from staining and it also tends to chip over time. I'd never use it on countertops or backsplash again..................floors are great. I use paint or wallpaper and use plexiglass over it above the sink and stove for protection and easy clean.
Seal your grout lines! This seals out most stains and water/moisture. We also have tile from the 50's in a bathroom that looks great still! Granite and marble also come in tiles - so grout lines need to be sealed!
Well, this is almost a good thing to do. I have 18 in square porcelain tile over my cook area. The grout is very thin; cleaning this is simple as pie.
OMG, what an awful installation, not to mention a horrendous choice of color and materials. These segments should be titled, "How To Decrease Property Values". I dunno, maybe I was the only one that noticed the inconsistencies in grout lines, tile set, and grout color. But in Eric's defense, a tile saw is a great way to cut tile, however with straight cuts on ceramic tile a scoring cutter will "always" leave a cleaner edge, fyi.Oh well, thanks Eric for giving me something to gripe about.
Once again with the videos ... doesn't anyone know how to use a camera and write copy? The whole world isn't yet hooked to DSL!
The ""Prima Donna"" (as always!!!) forgot two of the most important steps in setting tile!! Number one ~~ PREPPING THE SURFACE AND SEALING THE GROUT!!! Also using a tile saw leaves a jagged edge, I prefer using a scorer or best of all, a wet saw!! I would not trust this "swelled head" about much of anything he says or does. I wonder who reads the instructions to him while he seems to ad-lib!!! He is SOOO over paid!!!
Wow, this is hideous. Where did he get hsi so called sense of style? This would not add to your property value at all. It's tacky. And when someone doesn't like it, removal will be a nightmare. Clearly he knows nothing about tile installation. get rid of him, adn while you're at it get him a haircut.
Give the guy a break.......he, at least, is giving some of us women a look-see at how to do, things.......I am always a bit timid in regard to a project such as this, but seeing him lessened my fear. The choice of tile was poor, yes and the grout color and lines left a lot to be desired, and also it should have been sealed......that I just learned from all of the above. So, I can honestly say, I learned quite a lot about tiling my back splash....and I am going to give it a whirl....thanks every one....!
Yes...the video is poorly produced and shot. The materials used are hideous. That said.......Why is everyone whining about grout lines? What grout lines? He butted the tiles together, one edge against the other. There is little or no space between the tiles. Maybe 1/32 - 1/16 of an inch. He used no spacers between the tiles, as you would when laying a ceramic tile floor. The way he did the install, there could only be a paper thin grout line. Big deal, nothing to fret over.
I read several posts where they stated using a tile saw leaves ragged edges. You're supposed to sand the edges down after you saw them... then they're smooth as silk. When you decide to do a tile job, it takes time, patience and the right tools. The thinner the grout line, the easier it is to keep it clean later on....
First off, with 4x4 tiles, each tile has a bump cast on each edge so there is no need to space them. They are made to be butted together. Doing so leaves a 1/16" grout line. Secondly, a wet saw produces a perfectly fine cut. A saw or snap cutter work equally well on straight cuts but when you need an odd cut, a saw beats a nibbler hands down. From the comments above, it is obvious there is very little real experience here.
No idea why we have to deal with the grainest poorest quality video ever shot...you would not be using this as a "how to" since it looked like you were viewing an underwater scene. Secondly, why no spacers used? That tile looked so tightly set that there really aren't going to be any grout lines to seal, from what I can see. And why would he pick the bargain bin 1960 ugly bathroom tile for a backsplash in the year 2010? Come on guys, let's get a little quality going in all aspects here.
LOL you said exactly the same comment I made--where in H are the grout lines and spacers? ROFL!
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