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Jaccuzi Tub Tile Repair

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Jacuzzi Tub Tile Repair

 

Project Inspection 

I had the opportunity to meet and offer assistance to a  wonderful client recently with regards to issues concerning tile repair work on their Jacuzzi decking and skirt.  Upon inspection, there were a number of tiles that had come off the deck and the finishing trim was detached.  We came to a mutual agreement that it was best to remove the existing tile and replace the decking and skirt with the same colour and texture of tile to ensure  everything matched.  This project was started on a Monday and here’s how it went…

 

Phase 1: Demolition

The first phase of this project was to remove the original ceramic tile from the skirt and decking.  When the original builder installed the Jacuzzi deck and skirt, they framed it with “2 X 4” and covered it with 1/2 inch plywood. They then applied mesh onto the plywood and installed the tile on the mesh.  A hammer and crowbar was used to remove the original tile.

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 Photos courtesy Don Of All Trades

By taking our time removing the existing tile, this removal process really wasn’t that difficult. The most difficult part was removing the steel mesh.  The next step was  removing the staples that held the steel mesh onto the plywood. At this stage we had a nice clean surface to start the rebuild as shown in the photo below.

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Photos courtesy Don Of All Trades

Phase 2:  Scratch-Coat

New steel mesh was applied over the entire deck and skirt. NOTE: Always put on safety work gloves to protect your hands  when working with steel mesh as this material can cause cuts and other  injuries. Staples were applied to secure the mesh onto the plywood, starting with the skirt first then the deck.  An unmodified thin-set cement was used to apply a scratch coat on to the surface area. We then let the cement dry for 24 hours.

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Photos courtesy Don Of All Trades

 Tip: When applying a scratch-coat, remember to keep the surface area level. Avoiding uneven surfaces will help prevent issues when you move on to the tiling stage.

My personal preference from past experience, is to keep the surface a little rough to help the new ceramic tiles bond better.

 

 Phase 3:  Tiling

 With all the prep work now completed, we were ready to start setting new tile. Our client chose a 12×12 ceramic tile for this project. 1/4-in. spacers were used for the tile and White PVC tile edging strip was installed in the location were the deck tiles met the skirt tile.

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Photos courtesy Don Of All Trades

Next stage of the project-grout.  Remember when applying grout to work a small area at a time and to go over the area with a sponge to prevent the grout from drying on the ceramic.

Phase 4: Finished Product

When looking at the finished product you can see how close we came to matching the existing back-splash, not one hundred percent but pretty close match. Grout lines came out nice and PVC tile edging strips really add the finishing touches.

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 Photos courtesy Don Of All Trades

Have a question or need some assistance? Get in touch with us!

Call 905-259-5249 or email: info@donofalltrades.ca today!

 

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High Impact- High-Style Way To Add Beauty And Value To Your Home

 

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Recently I was in my local hardware store and I came across a product display of Peel & Stick Metal Tile by a company called Aspect. Well, I’m always on the look out for new products for our clients and I just had to share. This product gives off a high impact, high-style way to add beauty and  value to your home.

If you’re looking into upgrading your kitchen or bathroom with a product that’s clean, affordable and well,  on a mission to complete a Do It Yourself project or are considering  hiring a local home improvement company to install them for you, well here is Peel & Stick Metal Tile project that might be right for you!  Aspect Peel & Stick Metal Tiles come in varies finishes such as Champagne, Stainless Steel, Bronze and Copper. As well they come in a long grain and short grain direction.

You can achieve that high impact, modern look of metal at a fraction of the cost. Choose from many styles, shapes and colours to suit your every mood. Aspect Peel and Stick Metal Tiles are Eco-Friendly and manufactured from 50% recycled materials and 100% recyclable. So what’s your style? To find out more visit Aspect Peel & Stick Metal Tile’s Website at:  www.aspectideas.com.

 

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Summary of Installation According The Instructions:

Plan and Prep

With so many tile patters to choose from, choose the design that best fits your style and decor. Prepare and prime the surface you’re applying tile on. This product can be installed over most structurally sound substances if they are clean, smooth, dry and free of dust, wax and grease.

Layout & Measurements

All area to be covered must be measured. Lay out the entire project on a flat surface, like a table or the floor, before installing the tiles to be sure you have enough tiles and your design correct. Using a chalk line, create at least two reference lines to guide tile placement.

 

Peel and Stick & Enjoy!

“Dry Fit” Tile against the wall exactly where it will be placed. Once stuck, it stays stuck.

Remove the backing from the tile to expose the adhesive, and align the tile where you want it and press into place.

Firmly press the tile over its entire surface area to be sure it adheres properly. Install remaining tiles in the same fashion as above.

 

According to the labelled instructions: Minimal Tools Required

–  Measuring Tape

–  Straight Edge

–  Pencil or Other Non-Permanent Marker

 

If Cutting Tiles Tools Required:

– An Electric Jigsaw is recommended

– A Hacksaw, miter saw, or sharp utility knife will also work

–  Fine-grit sandpaper (400-600 grit)

DIY Aspect Backsplash Tile Installation Video

 

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Is There Such A Thing As A “Complimentary Consultation?” And Does “Complimentary” Mean Free?

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Free Complimentary Consultations-Advantages:

Providing a complimentary consultation is a huge advantage  not only to the company offering this service but to the client as well. In the industry of Home Improvement/Home Maintenance Services, complimentary consultations are viewed favorably by our customers.  In most cases the general public is always looking for a bargain and at the best price possible for any product or service offered. Satisfied clients with a particular service or product  will spread the word about the incredible value they received. This could result in an increase in sales for any company. By implementing an offer as simple as a complimentary consultation,  you could see a potential  increase in the number of  interested prospects  contacting Home Improvement/Maintenance Services in search of a good deal. This could be even more beneficial than positive word of mouth from satisfied clients.

Free Complimentary Consultations-Disadvantages:

The advantages of providing free consultations must be weighed against the disadvantages. First, the potential client seeking a complimentary consultation may be Renovation or Home Improvement shopping—contacting many  contractors and meeting with them to determine who would be the best fit or perhaps the “cheapest”. Even if the contractor devotes substantial time to the complimentary consultation and answers all of the potential client’s questions, the potential client might still comment along the lines of, “I need to think about it, I have 2 more contractors coming to give an estimate—I’ll contact you at a later date.” Beware. Potential clients who look for the “cheapest” quote  may in fact not be getting the best deal in the end.  In these cases, the  contractor will not recoup the lost income for time spent during the free consultation.

Conclusion:

Remember, the commodity that contractors  sell is experience and knowledge—their opinion and expertise regarding a client’s project. Contractors  who offer complimentary consultations are giving away their commodity to that potential client.

And even if the complimentary  consultation does result in a new client, it might not be the type of client that the contractor wants. All Home Improvement and Home Maintenance Organizations want their companies to succeed  and make a profit. If a client contacts a contractor  based on the complimentary consultation, will the client be willing to pay for the contractors future work and time? And if the client is willing to pay for the initial retainer fee, will the client pay fees exceeding that retainer? These questions are difficult to answer—but contractors need to consider them all the same.