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Topic by MarkTheFiddler posted 08-10-2012 02:54 AM 4225 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MarkTheFiddler

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08-10-2012 02:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: trick tip floors tiles

I think it can. I let the pros tell you I did the wrong thing but maybe they won’t.

I had a chip in a tile at a transition next to wood. I probably never caught it when I cut the tile but I would guess that the chip was loosened at the tile saw. My solution was going to be, rip out the entire tile, scrape out the thinset, clean real well, replace with new tile, regrout, reseal, add a new transition seal – IF – it would stick to the silicone contaminated wood.

It just wasn’t a pretty prospect. I said, I’ll try epxoy because there is nothing for me to lose.

I used a wood epoxy putty because that’s what I had that wasn’t GREEN. I stuffed it into the hole, shaved excess with razor blade and waited an hour. I grabbed a brown, silver and black permanent marker and placed a few dots at a time on the dried epoxy. Then I smudged it and tried the next color.

Can you see it?

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.



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J

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08-10-2012 03:09 AM

That looks like a good solution to the problem. I cant see it in the picture.

The real issue is how well will this fix hold up over time, will it discolor or fall out? Let time guide you. I’m sure you have enough other tasks that require your focus. I would still keep a couple of extra tiles in the inventory, just in case.

-- I found the board stretcher... finally!

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MarkTheFiddler

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08-10-2012 03:31 AM

Agreed J. I have some old tiles left over from a 12 year old job I did on my shower. I’ve got a leak and I’m going to need those tiles by the time it’s all said and done. As far as the tile I repaired, I have 10 extra tiles. 4 will go under my dish washer when I replace the counters in the kitchen. The other 6 – You guessed it.

I appreciate your input because I sure don’t want to lead anyone astray. If the fix comes loose – I’m the kind of weirdo who is good with confessing a mistake. I’ll find this post and tell on myself. ;)

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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Dan Lyke

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08-13-2012 03:59 AM

Nicely done.

I’ll provide a counter-argument to J: If it starts to look bad, you can still go back to your original plan [grin].

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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MarkTheFiddler

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08-13-2012 04:29 AM

Thank you much Dan. We’re all on the same page on that one. If it lasts a few years – I’ll do the patch again. Job security don’t ya know. ;)

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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shanford

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08-13-2012 05:25 PM

I believe you need to stack up more tiles in any case that solution won’t last long. I love the fact that you successfully made it up.

-- Material Specialist

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MarkTheFiddler

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08-13-2012 09:18 PM

Thanks Shanford! I’m ready for disappointment. The tiles are at the ready.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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GaryL

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08-13-2012 11:53 PM

It’s worth a try to see how it holds up. You’re probably notice the marker fading eventually. They don’t have much UV resistance. Just touch it up now and then.
Or replace as necessary….rinse and repeat…...

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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MarkTheFiddler

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02-13-2014 11:02 PM

How about that? A year and a half later and we have completely forgotton about the fix. It still looks great.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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Dan Lyke

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02-13-2014 11:03 PM

Woot! Thanks for the update, Put that in my arsenal for a rainy day!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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