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Glass & Stone Mosiac Kitchen Backsplash Tile Install By: Don Of All Trades

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There’s nothing more exciting than adding  upgrades to your home like this Glass and Stone Mosaic Kitchen Backslash install our team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recently completed for our client.  These home owners picked their own choice of colour and style of tile. I have to say, the end result is SPECTACULAR!

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Product:  Glass and Stone Mosaic Wall Tiles

Up for a DIY challenge? Here’s some important steps to remember BEFORE you start the installation process.

Important Information To Remember

  • Make sure the surface is level and clean prior to installation.
  • If applying mosaic tile on gypsum, it is important to apply a coat of primer prior to beginning your mosaic wall tile installation.
  • Always check all the purchased boxes of tiles before starting. I have been in situations where clients thought what they purchased was all the same tile when in fact what they brought home was 3 different types of tile.  This step saves everyone involved  a lot of time and aggravation.
  • Inspect each tile prior to installation.
  • When installing tiles, mix and match tiles from different cartons for a natural look.
  • If you are installing mosaic wall tiles in a shower, it is necessary to install a waterproof membrane.
  • Install any trim or profile strips before installing the mosaic wall tile.
  • Modified thin-sets are generally appropriate for mosaic wall tile installations. Pre-mixed thin-sets are not appropriate for bathroom installations, and should not be used for mosaics featuring glass wall tiles.
  • Follow all manufacturer’s instructions when applying modified thin-set and grout.

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So Here’s What We Did

  1. First step was to come up with a plan of where these tiles were going to be placed on the walls.

With the plan in place, we began our kitchen back-splash install by adding the first tile in the closest centre point of the wall, keeping in mind that the last tiles in each row would be wider than half a tile.

Tip: Always stop and check to make sure your tiles are level.

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There were some moments in this installation process where we had to cut a mosaic tile sheet from the back with a utility knife. With this type of tile, a wet saw with a  diamond blade was used to cut through the tiles.

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Setting material was  applied to substrate while using the notched side of a V-Notched trowel. Using the flat side of trowel, we smoothed out all ridges to achieve a consistent, even (1/8 inch) coverage.

Now comes the fun part!

We applied glass  mosaic sheets, mesh-side down, firmly into the freshly spread setting material while mixing and matching from assorted sell units to achieve a consistent variation. Using a rubber float to gently press the tile into the adhesive to ensure  a complete contact. Spacers where also used to maintain a set distance between the mosaic tile sheets.

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We marked measurement marks on the back of the sheets of tile in order to install the mosaic tile around  the light fixtures and electrical sockets.  Once the tiles where in place, we then measured the gaps around the sockets and used leftover pieces to fill in the gaps.

Spacers were removed once the adhesive had set.  Tiles were wiped with a clean sponge to remove any residual adhesive.

A premium penetrating sealer is recommended for a natural look referred by the manufacturers instructions  and was applied onto the stone only.

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After 24 hours, a mix of non-sanded tile grout was applied with a rubber float. Afterwards, the grout was evened out by wiping the tile with a wet sponge in a circular motion. Residual grout was cleaned with a clean sponge within 5-10 minutes of grout application.

After 12 hours, any remaining haze was polished off using a dry cloth.

 

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Glass and Stone  mosaics have been used to beautify buildings and homes for centuries. They can be incorporated into many designs to produce a stunning result.

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Happy Birthday Canada!

 

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On July 1st, Canadians celebrate Canada Day. It’s a national holiday to commemorate Canada’s Birthday and  is  a statutory holiday. Canada Day represents the British North America Act, which united three colonies into a single country called Canada that was originally called Dominion Day. This holiday was renamed in 1982.

To some, Canada is well-known for its Inventors, Oil, Hockey, Healthcare and Bitterly Cold Winters. As a Canadian myself, I am happy for our Tim Horton’s, Beaver Tails, Toque and  even our accents eh? Canada is a beautiful country and I am Proud to be Canadian!

Happy Birthday Canada! We Love You Canada along with your Beauty and Glory!

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Yes We Install Them!!!

Don of All Trades installs Low-Flow Irrigation systems for your home or business. As more communities face water shortages, many people are noticing how simple and practical these low-flow irrigation systems can be. Once these systems are installed they not only conserve water, they save a lot of work. Tired of spending your time winding and unwinding hoses, attaching and moving sprinklers, and so on? Also known as micro-irrigation and low-flow watering systems these use much less later than conventional methods. They distribute water close to individual plants, so water goes only where it’s needed. There’s so many attachments to choose from to make this system work for you. Imagine enjoying your BBQ steak dinner outdoors while you’re watering your gardens at the same time! And YES we install them! Please visit http://www.donofalltrades.ca for more information on our services or call to book your complimentary assessment at 905-259-5249.

 

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New Look For An Old Porch By: Don Of All Trades

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We are very pleased at the end result of giving this old porch an new look. With a little hard work, patience, concrete and skill anyone can have this cleaned and finished look!

 

 

Front Porch Before

This home owner had upgraded this front porch years before over the existing concrete porch with cedar wood.  Every year the spindles, handrails, base, pillars and steps had to be re-stained as part of their maintenance.  Well we decided to get rid of it and to our surprise we had an opportunity to work with the original steps and base since they were in good enough condition.

Original Concrete Base

Condition of the porch base, steps and pillars after all the cedar was removed.

New  Formed Steps

A new wider step was formed from concrete to give a more even look to the form of the steps and the porch.

Brick Pillars

These pillars were in very good condition considering the age of this  75 year old home.

Resurfacing Pillars

Concrete was incorporated to the pillars which defined the accents on them. This gives off a new, fresh clean look  and more character to the entire porch.

Concrete Resurfaced Pillars

Finished Product. Front porch is more inviting, has more curb appeal and value to this home.

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White Vinyl Duct Hose Dryer Venting: Fire Hazard

I felt I had to write and inform people about fire hazards with respect to dryers. The photo below is one I took of a project I had been hired to work on and this is the condition of the dryer venting hose I brought to my clients attention. I want to inform home owners that this is a potential fire hazard and everyone should take this seriously.

A clothes dryer vent system needs to be installed properly and maintained on a regular basis to keep the dryer operating efficiently. Improperly installed and maintained dryer vents can result in clogged dryer vents that can cause your dryer to overheat and create the potential for a serious fire.

 

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In order for  clothes dryers to function properly, they  must be vented correctly. Regardless  if you are diligent about checking the lint filter after every load, lint can still build up in your vent hose. Are you using the safest type of vent hose?

All local building codes now require metal ducting for clothes dryers. Ideally, you should use rigid aluminum tubing pieces between the dryer and the outside vent. This type of tubing does the best job of resisting the collection of lint in the duct. Flexible aluminum ducting is available, however, it is more prone to collecting lint inside.

If you still have white vinyl duct hose, it should be replaced immediately. It is flammable and if ignited by the dryer it will burn and cause a house fire. Aluminum vent hose is inexpensive and well worth your time and trouble to install. It may save a life.

So What Kind of Dryer Exhaust Venting Is Considered Acceptable?

I have attached a link provided by a company called The Inspection Consultant to help you find the best answer to this question including other valuable information  regarding codes and guidelines.

http://www.gtahomeinspector.com/1Residential/Dryer-fire-toronto-mississauga-oakville-the-inspection-home-consultant.html

The recommendations outlined below reflect International Residential Code (IRC) SECTION M1502 CLOTHES DRYER EXHAUST guidelines:

M1502.5 Duct construction.
Exhaust ducts shall be constructed of minimum 0.016-inch-thick (0.4 mm) rigid metal ducts, having smooth interior surfaces, with joints running in the direction of air flow. Exhaust ducts shall not be connected with sheet-metal screws or fastening means which extend into the duct.

This means that the flexible, ribbed vents used in the past should no longer be used. They should be noted as a potential fire hazard if observed during an inspection.
M1502.6 Duct length.
The maximum length of a clothes dryer exhaust duct shall not exceed 25 feet (7,620 mm) from the dryer location to the wall or roof termination. The maximum length of the duct shall be reduced 2.5 feet (762 mm) for each 45-degree (0.8 rad) bend, and 5 feet (1,524 mm) for each 90-degree (1.6 rad) bend. The maximum length of the exhaust duct does not include the transition duct.
This means that vents should also be as straight as possible and cannot be longer than 25 feet. Any 90-degree turns in the vent reduce this 25-foot number by 5 feet, since these turns restrict airflow.

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Results In From Last Poll on Topic: Customer Servivce- Dated February 18, 2014

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Results are in from our last poll asking our followers: Customer Service-How Important Is It To You As A Customer?

Out Of 100 Surveyed:

37% of our voters answered: Yes, Very Important

45% of our voters answered: Doesn’t really Matter As Long As The Price Is Reasonable

18% of our voters answered: I Feel Like Customer Service Doesn’t Exists in Today’s Society Anymore.

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