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Re: Home Improvements
« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2013, 02:25:51 PM »
Is there a how to video to grout?  the grout between the tub and first set of tiles is coming off after a few months on a new bathroom.

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Re: Home Improvements
« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2013, 02:45:43 PM »
Is there a how to video to grout?  the grout between the tub and first set of tiles is coming off after a few months on a new bathroom.
youtube?

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Re: Home Improvements
« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2013, 09:24:18 AM »
I need durable blinds/shades that are aesthetically pleasant and durable for the little crew. Any ideas?

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Re: Home Improvements
« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2013, 09:50:00 AM »
I need durable blinds/shades that are aesthetically pleasant and durable for the little crew. Any ideas?
i buy the cheap ones and replace them when the crew pull them apart

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Re: Home Improvements
« Reply #19 on: July 02, 2013, 01:13:23 PM »
Is there a how to video to grout?  the grout between the tub and first set of tiles is coming off after a few months on a new bathroom.

That would actually be caulk, not grout.
Try this:

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Re: Home Improvements
« Reply #20 on: July 02, 2013, 01:37:57 PM »
Im in to DIY stuff... Thinking of installing a backsplash. Is that crazy?
Not crazy at all, I've done it twice. If you buy a mesh backed tile, its as simple as applying the adhesive to the wall and then slapping the tile up against it. (Not exactly that simple and there are more steps, but a fairly painless process.) DON'T use a peel and stick tile, there's a reason they're so cheap. Any idea what color scheme or material you'd like to use?
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Re: Home Improvements
« Reply #21 on: July 02, 2013, 02:07:56 PM »
Not crazy at all, I've done it twice. If you buy a mesh backed tile, its as simple as applying the adhesive to the wall and then slapping the tile up against it. (Not exactly that simple and there are more steps, but a fairly painless process.) DON'T use a peel and stick tile, there's a reason they're so cheap. Any idea what color scheme or material you'd like to use?
Im nervous mostly about the cutting to size, mesh should make things easy :)... Re. color wifes gonna have to choose; material probably ceramic-what's cheapest?

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Re: Home Improvements
« Reply #22 on: July 02, 2013, 03:22:08 PM »
i buy the cheap ones and replace them when the crew pull them apart
same here, will probably upgrade when we get a house. They do have some that are pretty durable.
« Last Edit: July 02, 2013, 03:58:14 PM by smee123 »

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Re: Home Improvements
« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2013, 04:10:37 PM »
Im nervous mostly about the cutting to size, mesh should make things easy :)... Re. color wifes gonna have to choose; material probably ceramic-what's cheapest?
My personal feelings on this are that the backsplash you're going to put up is going to be there right in your face for a long time, so don't go the cheapest route if you don't have to. The 2 backsplashes I've done (for myself and my sister) needed only 8 square feet and 18 square feet of tile. We paid something like $14 per sq ft of mosaic tile, so its really not that big an outlay of money when you think about it (unless you have a huge kitchen). And they both look beautiful. Like straight out of a magazine beautiful. You're not going to get that with ceramic.

I used this tile for my sister's kitchen http://www.glasstilestore.com/fusion-shagbark-1x1-marble-glass-tiles.html. (One of the pictures on that page is actually from the job I did.) I got the other tile from there as well but can't find it now. Both of them were mosaics that were on a mesh sheet, which makes it really easy to cut away where you need to. The only hard part was cutting around an outlet, there were 3 squares that I had to cut through. I borrowed this huge table saw thing from a friend of a friend (I think Home Depot rents them, they're called wetsaws IIRC) and learned how to use it from youtube - got it perfectly on my 2nd try. The grout covered up any jaggedness that was left behind.

You must use non-sanded grout or you will ruin the glass, and you need to wipe it off really quickly. I'm sure I have other tips but its been a couple years, so you'll have to jog my memory with questions.     
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Re: Home Improvements
« Reply #24 on: July 02, 2013, 04:53:01 PM »
My personal feelings on this are that the backsplash you're going to put up is going to be there right in your face for a long time, so don't go the cheapest route if you don't have to. The 2 backsplashes I've done (for myself and my sister) needed only 8 square feet and 18 square feet of tile. We paid something like $14 per sq ft of mosaic tile, so its really not that big an outlay of money when you think about it (unless you have a huge kitchen). And they both look beautiful. Like straight out of a magazine beautiful. You're not going to get that with ceramic.

I used this tile for my sister's kitchen http://www.glasstilestore.com/fusion-shagbark-1x1-marble-glass-tiles.html. (One of the pictures on that page is actually from the job I did.) I got the other tile from there as well but can't find it now. Both of them were mosaics that were on a mesh sheet, which makes it really easy to cut away where you need to. The only hard part was cutting around an outlet, there were 3 squares that I had to cut through. I borrowed this huge table saw thing from a friend of a friend (I think Home Depot rents them, they're called wetsaws IIRC) and learned how to use it from youtube - got it perfectly on my 2nd try. The grout covered up any jaggedness that was left behind.

You must use non-sanded grout or you will ruin the glass, and you need to wipe it off really quickly. I'm sure I have other tips but its been a couple years, so you'll have to jog my memory with questions.   
Thanks alot!
Not sure when Il get round to it but good info.

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Re: Home Improvements
« Reply #25 on: July 03, 2013, 11:17:21 AM »
Anybody have experience using an airless paint sprayer to paint a couple of rooms? There is one in Home Depot that is going for 50% off (from $200 to $100)-any insights would be appreciated.


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Re: Home Improvements
« Reply #26 on: July 03, 2013, 12:10:12 PM »
That takes out all the fun! Painting old school is awesome.
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Re: Home Improvements
« Reply #27 on: July 03, 2013, 12:32:43 PM »
i think spray gets on celing etc and is best for new construction. CMIIW

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Re: Home Improvements
« Reply #28 on: July 04, 2013, 02:45:48 PM »
i think spray gets on celing etc and is best for new construction. CMIIW
+1 spray is mostly used for the primer which is put on before any flooring... its messy and gets all over. For painting (semi gloss or eggshell) you'll want to use a roller which gives the paint a bit of a texture. (flat paint may be diff)

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Re: Home Improvements
« Reply #29 on: July 14, 2013, 10:11:26 AM »
Whats the going rate to have a room (converted garage, not huge. Currently is hot pink..) painted? {The owner will buy paint and supplies.}