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Old 05-01-2007, 11:29 AM
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One of the items to finish before I deploy is tiling the back patio. It looks pretty straight forward and with not alot of cuts. I have layed all the tile out but will wait until it is a little more cooler to finish setting.







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do the piece around the pole right. Looks bad with the half piece not matching up with the rest, but looking good overall
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So what do you have for a base to lay the tile down on?
How long has the base been down?
You know if your base has cracks in it they will just transfer through to your tile!
So what size notched trowel you thinking of using?

Other then that, looks good Stephen.
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The base is a concrete slab that is 2 years old.

No cracks

I was advised to use a 1/4 x 1/4 x 1/4.

Explain the cutting around the post...even on both sides?


BTW, everthing is dry fitted only.

And I am not sure why I have brown spots, they is sod a month old. It just turned like that..no dogs in the back peeing btw.
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Look into Kerdi if you have cracks in your base. They have a membrane that prevents the transfer of cracks to your tile. I needed a bunch of it around all of my walls on the first floor of my house due to the joint of gypcrete and the extra wide bottom plates of my walls. After one full season I have no cracks anywhere. Not cheap but neither is tile.
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It looks good. The brown patches look like grubs. Call in a chemical onslaught, wash in the granule killer with liquid killer and whistle Taps.

You do know that tile will be slicker than owl shizat when its wet. Right? I tiled my back porch and did the Curly shuffle more than a few times.

But this is a fix it up and sell thing right? Than the look is all that matters.
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Outside tile applications, the tile should be "buttered". think of a piece of toast. Use a 3/8" notched trowel to lay your thinset, then take your trowel and "butter" the tile underside with thinset before laying it. I usually have the Admiral perform the buttering function so it goes at a decent speed.

Anytime you encounter a feature like a post, it's almost impossible to cut around three sides on a single tile. It looks from your photo that you would have to cut 2 tiles to wrap the post, and that's fine. With tile any little skinny, thin sections are just going to break off. Don't even bother, that's what grout is for.

Speaking of grout - the width should be proportional to the tile size. Looks like you're using a 12" tile - 1/4" grout will look fine.

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Thanks for the tips. The tile actually has some texture to it
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Thank you Garett
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I'm stretching my memory here, didn't you once mention Tammy has herself a little dog? If so, those brown spots on the lawn could easily be from dog pee.......they have tables which makes the pee far less toxic, which in turn won't brown the lawn. But in saying that, I don't know how toxic the pills are for the dog......I'd talk to the vet about that one.
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And I am not sure why I have brown spots, they is sod a month old. It just turned like that..no dogs in the back peeing btw.
Did you spray Roundup on weeds in those spots before laying the sod? If so that would cause them....
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Yes she dis but it died last month. We have a new puppy plus Denver but they are not in the yard.

No roundup and I layed good soil before the sod was layed down
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Yes she did but it died last month. We have a new puppy plus Denver but they are not in the yard.

No roundup and I layed good soil before the sod was layed down
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I know I was reading in another post where God was turning the light on in the bathroom for an elderly fellow, are you sure God isn't turning on the bathroom fan for you?


Question: Do you have those brown patches throughout the backyard? Does your front yard have these brown spots and/ or does your neighbors have them? Or is the dead grass patches only concentrated to one confined area? And if the confinement is located to just around your slab I'd be inclined to think the dead patches are do to spilling of something, intention or otherwise?

You know what I would try, I'd lay down on the grass a few cheap aluminum pie plates/pans with a little beer in each for a few nights and see what bugs it catches. That or you could always put a spade to the sod and lift a piece for a manual bug inspection.
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Stephen, did you run a roller over the sod after you laid it?
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A roller, damn I knew I forgot something. Only confined to that space and come to think of it, it happened last summer. mabe the builder spilled something or they cleaned there brushes in that spot?
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Well if you had it last year and you now suspect there could be a contaminated soil issue the only thing to do is to remove the affected sod and remove approx. 6 - 10" of soil.......it wouldn't cost you that much at all for such a small area.
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I am confused. Earlier in the thread you wrote that the sod is only a month old, and later you wrote that the same thing happened last summer?
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Make sure you use an outdoor grout for the tile or it will not last. Also, the brown spots look very similar to a fungus we see here that happens over the winter. It attacked my yard in a few places last winter and it took all summer to bring it back.
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