December 26, 2015
Q: I had tile laid in my upstairs bathroom. Unfortunately, the floor is a little springy in this spot, and the grout just crumbles. I have had the floor redone, but the same problem occurred. Is there a more flexible grout that could be used? - J.W. A: How frustrating! I love tile and stone, particularly in bathrooms, but tile really does need a solid backing. I'm surprised your tile installers didn't point that out to you in the first place. It doesn't make these installers look very good, and probably doesn't make you feel comfortable with the rest of the installation.
August 10, 2014 |
Q uestion: My townhouse is built on a slab, and I have ceramic tile in the kitchen. A few of the tiles have chips where items were dropped. Is it possible to have the ceramic tile removed and replaced with vinyl? This is not a job I would do myself; I would hire a professional. Just looking for some ideas and what the pros and cons might be. Answer: I'm glad you will be hiring a professional, because I've seen so many botched jobs by amateurs. It can be done. I assume the tiles are in a mortar bed on the slab.
June 16, 2013
Jack Grout A Legacy in Golf Blue River Press. 320 pp. $24.95 By Dick Grout, with Bill Winter Reviewed by Carl B. Everett Most golfers who witnessed the glory days of Jack Nicklaus can tell you that the architect of his powerful, fairway-eating swing was Jack Grout. And that alone is enough to secure Grout's place in golfing lore. But there was more to this exemplary man than a sweet swing and a knack for teaching golf, and his son Dick, with help from journalist Bill Winter, introduces him in Jack Grout: A Legacy in Golf . Jack Grout saw virtually every American professional golfer of note during the 1930s and 1940s, including the emerging young Texas pros Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan.
March 16, 2013 |
Question : I live in a condo and recently had my carpet pulled up, plywood put down, and then tile on top in my master bath dressing room. After six months, the grout in the upper area began to crumble and came out. The tile man came back and re-grouted the area. He does not know why it is happening; there was no water leakage. Now it is happening again in the same area. The tile man has 25 years experience and came highly recommended. Can you offer some advice? Answer: I'd probably blame the plywood used as the underlayment.
December 25, 2012 |
What do shopping-center development and grout cleaning have in common? His name is Robert M. Hill. Not that the president of Retail Sites L.L.C. in Maple Shade has spent any time tackling the detestable chore of scrubbing between the bathroom tiles in his Moorestown home. "Not any more than the typical American male," Hill said of his cleaning involvement. But his Grout Gator is headed for mega-exposure - most likely, next month - on QVC, to be pitched by a guest host who estimates that he has sold between $75 million and $80 million in home-improvement products over 13 years of appearances.
July 15, 2011 |
Question: The contractors who installed my tile floor six months ago left a haze of grout over the tiles and I'm unable to remove it. Answer: Removing grout haze from a tile floor as the work is in progress is one of the keys to a job well done, and it seems that your contractors didn't care. I've installed several tile floors over the years, and the Hometime video I watched 200 times in the late 1980s stated clearly that if you removed the haze as you worked on the floor, clean water and a clean sponge were all that was necessary.
May 20, 2011 |
Question: When we had our kitchen remodeled about 11 years ago, we had a ceramic-tile floor installed. The floor is very durable; however, the grout is about one-eighth of an inch below the surface of each tile. Little did we know that this space would become a trap for collecting spills and debris of all sorts. Can we fill the remaining area with grout to eliminate this problem and make it level with the surface? Answer: I would say no. The rule with grout lines is to have them all at a consistent depth of at least halfway down the thickness of the floor tiles installed.
September 25, 2009 |
A couple of weeks back a reader asked me about painting bathroom tile a different color instead of spending thousands of dollars to replace it. As I always hope, many of you wrote in with recommendations based on your experience. I'll share a few. Marilyn Harris of Hatboro and her husband are the second owners of a house built in the 1940s. They bought the house in the mid-1970s, and the bathroom had pink and maroon tile set in a concrete base. The tile was "in good condition - except for the color," she says.
January 23, 2009 |
Question: My wife and I are thinking of building a home. One of the things we are having trouble figuring out is what is going on with the costs of building materials. I look online, and the only thing I can find is average lumber prices. I can't find anything for vinyl, roofing materials, tile, granite or drywall. It seems there is no tracking of them that gets published. In these times, when most things are coming down in price, I am curious to see whether the cost of building a home is coming down, as well.
September 12, 2008 |
Question: I'd like to know how to clean grout in the bathroom - some of it has gotten dark. Have tried different things like bleach, but it does not seem to help keep it nice in the long run. Answer: Try oxygenated bleach (a product such as OxyClean), which is nontoxic and thus can be left sitting on the grout for a long period to do its job, probably after scrubbing it in with a toothbrush or something small enough to get between the tiles. The bleach comes in both powder and liquid form.