Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Kitchen Project Part 4 - Floor Slating

This was a bit of a challenge for me because aside from the fact that it would be my first time installing tiles, I have chosen the most difficult media - the slate. Slates have irregular shapes and height that doing it perfectly leveled with one another is almost impossible. Also slates are natural stones with no glaze coating that's why grouts can easily penetrate and would be very hard to remove once it dry out.

I've had to invest on wet tile cutter for this particular job. The cutter was easy to use but very messy. The slates needs to be all layed down the floor because once you've mixed the thinset with water you really have to act fast for the cement will dry out easily. The hardest part was the grouting. You don't want the grout to dry on your slate and constant scrubbing with sponge and water after 15 minutes is the only way to prevent grout haze.

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