Following Tiler Mark’s ‘no show’ on Sunday, I was not surprised to get a phone call from him saying he couldn’t put up the kitchen splash back. I was rather surprised when he turned up just after lunch to finish the bathroom splash back.
The problem with the kitchen is because the tiles are glass. Glass, being see through, cannot be stuck using the conventional grooved trowel because, clearly, the grooves look awful. This restriction not only affects the trowel type but also the adhesive. Because the adhesive can’t be grooved, in order for the tiles to stick sufficiently, a silicone adhesive has to be used with a flat edged trowel.
Tiler Mark told me how he found this out. He was tiling a bathroom using gold leaf, glass mosaic sheets. He prepared the wall, smeared the adhesive on with his grooved trowel and stuck the first sheet on. He suddenly realised he could see the tracks through the tiles. He immediately pulled the tile sheet off, cleaned the wall and the tile sheet and breathed a sigh of relief that he’d seen it so quickly.
Anyway, he asked Tile Shop Dennis to order some of the adhesive and will put up the kitchen splash back as soon as it arrives. Hopefully this won’t take too long.
He only took a few hours and soon the bathroom was finished. I think it now looks complete.
The other big news of today was a couple of emails from Builder Dave saying he’d ordered the aggregate, resin and mixer for the gravel step tops! We’d almost given up hope.