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fugazi48

07:31AM | 10/10/06
Member Since: 03/08/06
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I know I can set my tile in sections with no problems, but can I grout it in sections? I am grouting my Kitchen and would prefer to have a pathway through and possible the use of the sink. I also am pretty worn out after doing 100sqft and really wouldn't want to do the second 100sqft the same day.

Is there a way to grout half of my kitchen on Friday night and do the other half on Saturday night? (days are just examples)

Would I just need to make sure the seams are perpendicular and away from the backerboard seams? Do I need to use an adhesive at the joint between Friday's grout and Saturday's grout?

Anyone try this? Thanks.

Starlch34

09:57AM | 10/11/06
Member Since: 08/24/05
25 lifetime posts
Honestly, while it could work, I'd have some worry about it.

#1 - Most grouts call for you to mix the entire bag all at once, so if you're only measuring out half the bag at a time, you can end up with different shades as the pigment may have settled into various spots in the bag.

#2 - Depending on the type of grout you are using, it's possible that heat, humidity levels, etc can cause a shading variation as well. (Although this is not nearly so common anymore.)

Why not rest up, and try it all at once on the weekend when you've got some of your energy back? :)

Good luck!

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Tileguybob

05:24PM | 10/11/06
Member Since: 07/03/05
283 lifetime posts
Grouting over a seam should not present a problem if the cement board was installed properly and the seam was covered with mesh tape and thinset.

Grouting over several days is not a problem if you are working out of one bag of grout. If you have multiple bags it is always best to blend a few bags in case the color pigment ratio is off in one of the bags, but this very rarely happens so it just is not a big issue like it once was.

When you finish for the night just taper the height of the grout in the joint down a little at the edges where it ends. When you restart again feather the grout over the taper and smooth it with a sponge during cleanup. Dont use any caulk or such to join the grout start/end points.

fugazi48

07:25AM | 10/12/06
Member Since: 03/08/06
192 lifetime posts
Thanks, I am glad I don't have to worry about the joints between grout days.

I may contact the grout co about the color though, don't want 2 different greys.


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