Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The grouting... done. I hope my work does not disappoint. It was easier in some ways than I thought it would be and harder in others. It would have been nice to have an assistant, but I had to be my own assistant.

I did not know that grout is cement and I did not know what it would do to my hands. They're pretty dried out. I did half the kitchen floor yesterday and under the appliances. My husband wanted to use my Kitchen Aid mixer to mix the grout. Uh uh, I said. No way, so we used his electric drill with what looks like a giant mixer attached to it. It doesn't fit in the drill well and I couldn't handle it at all well. In fact, today, I think I whittled some of it away trying to mix more grout, so on my second batch, I went to the Kitchen Aid.

And it worked! And the mixer is unbroken, so, small miracles. Grout works well when it is the consistency of chocolate pudding. If it is the consistency of chocolate frosting, it's less mercurial and won't seep as well, but in either case it wipes up fairly easily. Lots of wiping, by the way. Lots.

We do need tile in our master bathroom. Let's see if grouting and tiling are like childbirth and if we'll forget what a drag it is to do. If that memory lingers, we'll have to hire that job out.

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Anonymous luther said...

By Kitchen Aid mixer you mean a food mixer? I'm surprised that has enough power to mix grout. When I tiled at our old house I mixed it by hand.

Grouting, just like laying down tile, pretty much sucks in my opinion. Squishing the grout in the cracks is very fast and easy - but I was taken aback at how long it took to clean up the tiles so you don't end up with "grout haze".

4:28 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Holy crap, Luther! Your comment scared me, so I went back over the whole floor with a clean sponge. I hope I've got it all off, but up close, I think I see haze.

Until I read your comment I thought it was just my (lately) bad up-close eyesight!

BTW, I do mean food mixer. It worked great!

5:45 PM  
Blogger Mike LaRoche said...

Tiling and grouting? Doesn't sound like fun, but then I've never had to do it.

It is easier to do than washing and waxing a car or mowing a lawn in nearly 100-degree heat with high humidity? I did the latter this afternoon before the coming tropical storm hits tomorrow morning.

BTW, I caught a baby snake while mowing the lawn today!! I'll post a pic at the Swamp later this evening.

6:53 PM  
Blogger Mike LaRoche said...

Oops. The beginning of the question at the start of second paragraph should have been "Is it.."

Latent dyslexia.

8:54 PM  
Anonymous luther said...

I think it is impossible to not have some grout residue if the tile has any texture to it - so if you have to analyze it closely to see anything it sounds like you are good. Can't wait to see it!!

9:23 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Latent dyslexia.

Join the club.

10:58 PM  
Blogger Mike LaRoche said...

Any more remodeling news?

6:45 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

The news is that my husband is insisting I pick a color for under the chair rail by this weekend. That and we'll pick a stain for the cabinets and I suppose stripping them of their current stain.

I fear the staining, but we'll see how it goes.

8:30 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Tech Support is always coming up with some really wacky ideas. Some are brilliant, but you can never be totally sure they won't turn out to be a disaster.... I wouldn't have wanted to use my own Kitchen Aid, either! But then again, I just have a cheapo hand-held mixer scored for like $3 at a garage sale, so maybe that....

10:41 PM  
Anonymous cassandra said...

Ack, Nancy I did that - ceramic tile in the bathroom thing. I hope you're younger than I because it's hard getting up and down so much. Anyway I squooshed out the cement and placed the tiles and put the grout on. Hubby did the cutting and that really helped. I left one dark high spot of cement that bothers me no end now, probably no one else sees it.

I don't think I could do it again.

Did ya put sealant on it?

10:07 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

We haven't put the sealant on yet--perhaps this weekend.

My DH did a lot of the cutting, but then we got into a rhythm where he'd mark the tiles and I'd cut and he'd lay them. We waited a week before I grouted.

I hope you're younger than I because it's hard getting up and down so much.

I don't know how old you are, but I will say the project has aged me greatly!

Elizabeth, what I've learned about Tech Support is that he's never really sure, and you may be familiar with this term, b/c you're married to a techie, but when you hear "it should work," that means you're in for a wild ride.

11:13 AM  
Anonymous annie said...

Sounds like it's time for a trip to the nail salon and a parafin wax.

11:43 AM  
Anonymous luther said...

I have this image of you sitting at the dining table and doing a Marlon Brando immitation repeating the words "the grouting ... the grouting ..." over and over.

3:46 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I'm actually relaxing a bit. Gene is relaxing too, though he relaxes by putting trim on the wall, caulking it and painting, which is doubly nice for me!

7:22 AM  

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