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RE: Which White Grout and Which Sealer? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 03.20.2012 at 08:01 am in Kitchens Forum

In my "old" :*( kitchen I had those white arabesque tiles. And the grout was very important to the design to give it the right look. I really needed a true white grout.

What I learned from Bill V was that a lot (if not all) of the grouts have a caramel coloring in their "bright white" mixture. If there is caramel in the mixture it's in the finished product. There is a product from Latricrete that is called Permacolor. The white was very bright white. Didn't stain, didn't need to be sealed. I suppose you could seal it, but we didn't. If I splashed sauce on it, I could wipe it off, or at least make up a mixture of oxyclean and water and get it off.

We are going to use the Permacolor grout in our bathroom. They have made more advances with it as far as the colors and other things the tile guy told me.

good luck!

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RE: Is it a bad idea to put a laundry room upstairs in new build? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: mrblandings on 03.10.2012 at 07:40 am in Laundry Room Forum

We have our laundry on our second floor and I was insistent on having a floor drain installed. If you do this, be prepared for contractors to tell you you're nuts and for most of them not to have any idea how to actually do it. To get them to understand, you need to explain that it's constructed just like a shower floor. This requires a layer of mortar (aka "mud") to create a slope towards the drain, and a waterproof membrane over that, which the tile goes on top of. We used the 'Kerdi' system which many tilers will be familiar with from shower construction, but there are others as well. Also, you need to install a 'trap primer' which is a special valve that keeps water in the drain's P trap so it doesn't dry out and let sewer gas up into the house. A good plumber should know how to do this.

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RE: any rec's for vendors of Philips eW Powercore Profile UCL? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: davidtay on 03.13.2012 at 10:54 pm in Lighting Forum

You can try the link provided. Goodmart also carries them.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ledneonlight

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