Tile work Sucks.
Saturday morning I went to Home Depot and rented a tile cutter. I wanted to get the tile in the bathroom done. That ended up being a bigger headache then I thought. I should start by saying I have no idea what I am doing. I have seen tile work done on the home shows. That is the extent of my training and familiarity with tile work. I knew enough from reading to understand I would need time and patience. Neither of which I am very blessed with. Halfway through the wall I realized the tile cutter wasn’t going to cut it. It had an arm that would not let me use the guide on 12 x 24 inch tiles. I ended up buying a wet saw that looked more like a table saw. I should have done that from the beginning. Cutting tile to fit around the window was a special trip into hell. A simple “L” shape shouldn’t be that hard. It is with Porcelain tile. I should also point out that Saturday might have hit a high of 40 degrees. It was also windy. As I worked the various angles trying to fit around my rental saw I slowly realized my hands were numb.
|See the window - not fun.|
With the new saw I was able to move quicker. I ended up stopping for the night when I couldn’t see anymore. Dark + diamond blade = bloody stumps for fingers.
|Had to stop here. No more light.|
I had to go grocery shopping and run a couple of errands to keep things moving in the right direction at home. I was looking at a one-piece, dual-flush toilet at Costco. I didn’t buy it right away as it had been there for awhile. So I thought I would pick it up today. Of course it wasn’t there and I can’t find it online.
This ate a couple of hours off of work time. Plus I had to stop to run Jason to his friend’s house at 2pm so they could work on a school project. Luckily they dropped him off later. Today was almost 70 degrees. No more hyperthermia and frostbitten fingers! I only got the second wall done. I have the wall with the showerhead and faucet left. I am dreading cutting holes in the pieces of tile. I am guessing that will not be easy. I also ran out of adhesive. Instead of mixing the thin-set, the kind folks at Home Depot recommended a premixed adhesive. This stuff was ultra sticky which helped with sag. Plus it dries waterproof. I picked up two gallons thinking that would do it. I didn’t think I would use the economical 3 gallon bucket. I am out and will be buying my third gallon.
|That little bit of wall was 6 hours in the making.|
When we redo the basement I see solid surface in our future.