Keep Chimpin’

Tile is going to take over the blog for a little bit.

I do still have some other writing going on and planned for release – some things about Stephen King, storytelling, and audiobooks, to name a few – but i am in the middle of a tile job right now and decided to share about it here.

In part, this will help me think and stay focused, in part it is good exercise to write anything at all, and i find it interesting and hope you will too.

Work Zone
Work Zone

The first few days were surface preparation, collecting and moving materials, and then doing a “dry lay”.

Work Zone 2
Work Zone 2

Not everybody does a dry lay. I don’t do them on every job. But for larger areas and when working with new and unfamiliar materials, it can help you find problem areas before they occur. Once you have your template established, the rest of the work goes down like butter beans.

650 sqaure feet of slate that I had to smurf from the garage/driveway around back
650 square feet of slate that I had to smurf from the garage/driveway around back to the basement level...
Before
Before

I don’t know who did this or why, but there was a lot of mortar at the junction between the slab and the house.

After
After

I used my hammer, 7-in-1 and an ancient chisel to vanquish 74 linear feet of that mess.

Layin' it down
Layin' it down

After two days of power-washing the area and a good dry lay yesterday, today i mixed mud and started layin’ it down.

pretties!
pretties!

I don’t know how it is wherever you are, but it has been a bit hot here lately. Yesterday and today we have had a “real feel” temp of 107-108. You could say this is slowing me down a little bit.

View from the pool!
View from the pool!

I work a few hours in the morning and then again in the evening. This morning i had the most brilliant idea – one could say innovation. I am tiling with my knee-pads, old running shoes, latex gloves, and underpants. I am sure it is quite a sight, but it is definitely comfortable.

More pics and tales to come. This project has a few neat features that i will share with you in the next episodes

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