Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A day of distractions

We were planning to grout the bathroom tile first thing in the morning, but we decided to get a second grout float so the two of us could work at the same time. So, after taking care of a few hours of business, we headed to Home Depot to get the float and the materials for our TV wall unit.

When we got back, we decided to clean up the garage to make room for the plywood and tools. The plywood was going to temporarily lean up against the garage wall where the hot water recycling pump was plugged in. To get the outlet closer to the pump, I reconnected the circuit for the old electric water heater that the previous owner must have removed.

To make room for the plywood, we had to move all the scuba gear and remaining pile of flooring inside. After that, we were finally ready to start mixing grout. Neither one of us had ever grouted this kind of tile before, but it went fairly well.

Using the floats, we worked the grout down into all the nooks and crannies of the tile stones, trying to remove as much off the top as possible.

After finishing the grout, we let it sit for about 20 minutes and then started sponging the excess off the top. Two hours later, we used cheesecloth to scrub each stone to remove the grout haze.

Here's a close-up shot of what the tile looks like:

The grout is supposed to sit for three days, and then we need to seal it again. In the meantime, we'll be working on building that TV wall unit.


gracerx said...

Is it heated?

Jared said...

Not heated. If it was the main bathroom I might have considered that.