Monday, August 12, 2013

Homo Sapien

Hello!  We are back and better than that, I am standing and walking!  Sunday morning was the turning point in the back injury and Eric even announced "homo sapien" when he saw me walking around standing up straight.  Mind you, four hours later I was hunched over like the hunchback of Notre Dame again (I kind of got a bit excited and overdid it that first day back), but I am feeling pretty good today.

When last we left off, we were discussing floor prep prior to tiling.  I bet you thought we were done with prep, hugh?  If there is one thing that Eric and I have learned, it is that you cannot be thorough enough when it comes to prep work.  So, some may say that we have gone overboard in our next step, but we just like to think that we are being responsible home owners.  This brings me to introducing you all to what I think is one of the greatest inventions ever, RedGard (better known as "red goop" in our house).

This stuff is wonderful!  It creates a waterproof membrane that is crack resistant due to the elastic nature of the product.  It is an absolute mess to deal, will ruin any clothes it gets on and basically just glops everywhere, but it is sooo worth it.  In most instances, people will use RedGard to paint over the seams of their hardy backer joints, but we like to use it everywhere.  Case in point:

In about fifteen minutes, our bathroom went from this to hot pink.  I simply roll it on with a roller brush.

Note, the walls are not painted in red goop, just the floor.  Once we are ready to tile the shower, red goop will also be applied there.

 I think of it as an additional insurance policy against water damage.  Whereas concrete mortar will crack with time due to the natural shifting of the house, red goop will not.  Seems like a no brainer to me.

After giving the goop a three hour drying time, we were back to do our final step in tile preparation, which is to lay out our tile placement lines.  Essentially, you just want to create a perfect perpendicular and parallel line across the center of your floor to place your initial tiles with.

It is definitely easier said than done because no walls were perfectly square to one another.  It usually takes us a couple of tries with the chalk lines to get it looking visually perfect.  Another thing to consider when doing this is to account for how to maximize your tiles and minimize the number of complicated cuts that you have to do.  Luckily, Eric likes to figure out these types of things so after an hour of his calculating and considering, we had our lines down just as we wanted them.

Up next, we actually get to start tiling!  See you on Wednesday for that update.

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