GeezeMaybe I can get you to come over and do it?(I'll pay you better than minimum wage!)
It's obvious that I don't have a clue and since you've made the mistakes already .. You're wa-a-y ahead of me! btw: I can't even find THIS forum 'after' Walks moved my post to here! (came via his link)Why would I think that I could do a tile install?(just trying to impress the lady) It 'Ain't' under the alternate forums heading?
Here's the lowdown on the "sticky" tile flooring.It depends. I'm not kidding.If you have a floor area that is temperature-stable and very low-traffic, the self-stick tiles will do you a favor for about a buck a square foot. However, if you live on the planet Earth, your demands might be a bit more stringent, and your results might be a bit less than perfect.Two things you MUST understand: 1. These tiles are designed to be installed on a perfectly flat, level, planed, sanded, mirror-finished concrete floor that will never, ever shift, shrink, expand, sag, or otherwise move in any way, shape, or fashion. 2. These tiles are made of plastic that shrinks and expands with changes in temperature.I put down a couple hundred dollars worth of these tiles in our bathroom/utility room area last summer. When winter came, and as the sub-floor got cold, the tiles shrank, and gaps appeared between tiles. The gaps quickly filled with "dirt" -- the stuff of country life -- and when summer comes back, the tiles will likely buckle because the gaps are filled with "dirt." I tried and tried to talk Mrs. Tbone into a sheet-goods product. (It would've been cheaper, for one thing...) Oh, but NO! Had to have this tile. Oh well...
That's been my experience as well, which is why I told him to bow out gracefully, she may be appreciative after the job is done, but give it a week and the complaining will commence and only intensify as time goes by, resulting in the loss of a friend, or money out of pocket for repairs, or both.It's just a lose, lose situation all around.
Exactly. Mrs Tbone managed to talk my mom into installing the self-stick tiles in her master bathroom, and within a week the weather got cold and the tiles shrank a bit, and she started complaining about the gaps between the tiles. Being the installer , I had to go back in there and grout the cracks shut so that it looked nice, but I warned her then -- and she'll find out in a couple months -- that the grout will be popping out and the tiles will begin to buckle come summer.