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    Wood floor prep for LVT

    What is the current subfloor made of? OSB or plywood? How thick of plywood do you need to bring the floor up to level with the floor that previously had ceramic? Should we assume that the ceramic tile was installed over HardieBacker or a cement board? I'm assuming it is and that's why you need...
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    French Door Sill question

    Solid hardwood is a different animal than subfloor material. If you have or have ever had a wooden deck you've probably noticed the gap change between the boards from summer to winter. The change can be considerable, and depending on spacing the gap can be totally closed up in the winter time if...
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    Hey flooring dudes and chicks

    Glad to have you here. I don't recall but one time that I set a laminate on stairs and I've been installing full covering since before 1975 so don't feel all that bad asking questions. It's not blue, it's 'adhesive' 😁 Okay, now I'll let one of the smart guys answer your question. 😉 I'm betting...
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    Cleaning thinset from tile saw

    No there wasn't any slop on em, it's just steel welding to aluminum and never having been turned. The fix would be cut off the plastic handles and use some vice grips to twist them back and forth with some penetrant on them. On the two plastic knobs that control up and down and the angle, I...
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    Cleaning thinset from tile saw

    I loosened the top 4, the lower 4 and even had to drive the two allignment pins out. .....then I tweaked it all and tightened the bolts. The allignment is at it's maximum max. It's a tweakers saw.
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    I put this in "tools" because.... Tools!

    The man knows he's not well..... But what a cool sickness to have. 😁
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    I put this in "tools" because.... Tools!

    I was hoping someone else felt the same way I did. It was late, but I couldn't turn it off either. The longer it went on, the more intriguing the man became. Really neat fella.
  8. highup

    Cleaning thinset from tile saw

    I was envisioning anchoring it to a slab, then tweaking it with a comealong. Never got that far.
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    Cleaning thinset from tile saw

    I'm the recipient of three of these exact same saws. One of them needs a new gearbox that cost a little over 100 bucks maybe with buying an additional bearing it might total 120 bucks to make it operational. The second saw was dropped (upside down) on the aluminum arm that holds the motor...
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    Cleaning thinset from tile saw

    If it's been two or three years and you haven't tightened that knob.... ...will it turn if you needed it to? The knob that tightens up the angle was not tightened either and I can't get it to budge either. It's locked up in the plastic knob part just spins like the other one. The depth stop...
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    I put this in "tools" because.... Tools!

    I know most of you won't watch this all the way through, but at least watch a bit of it and maybe skip around. One of the more interesting people I've seen on YouTube.
  12. highup

    Cleaning thinset from tile saw

    Grandpa used to have a pan... ...in his van, to soak tools in. Probably kerosene too.
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    Cleaning thinset from tile saw

    Not nearly new looking, but pretty enough. ....for now. The flat side roller rail is a bit rough, so it needs some TLC.... Wet dry paper on block, a file or combination of those. The frame finish has a haze and the pressure washer might have been to agressive.... who cares. My total investment...
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    Cleaning thinset from tile saw

    The guy does excellent tile work.
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    Cleaning thinset from tile saw

    A brush is useless on this stuff. Pressure washer got me pretty wet, but the saw was so happy it purrs like new. Has a blade and a nice Ridgid pump too. The saw was noisy so that's why I saved the unit from the dumpster. If you're mechanically inclined, you can save tools from an early...
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    Basement, subfloor, Dricore, Drybarrier?

    I'm not familiar with how they work a walkout type basement. One would think in that sort of situation, some type of the vapor barrier would have been installed, at least on the walls against the soil. I don't know about back then, but it seems reasonable to put the vapor barrier between the...
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    Basement, subfloor, Dricore, Drybarrier?

    Even the 6 mil would be a good thing. It's so cheap compared to removing all your furniture and removing all of your baseboards and replacing all of the floor and replacing all of your baseboards and replacing all of your furniture again. No 1.3 mil polyethylene is not 6 mil. 😁
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    Cleaning thinset from tile saw

    I read that molasses softens it. Might take a couple weeks. 😁 I read someone mentioning a pressure washer with hot water, really hot water. It makes the aluminum expand and it blasts off easier. Sounds like a steam type pressure washer would do the trick pretty easy but I don't have to have one...
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    Cleaning thinset from tile saw

    I use my pressure washer to clean up the first saw that was given to me. That thinset bonds pretty good. I'm guessing when someone drops a tile in that doesn't fit and they just drop it back on the saw and re trim it without hosing it off first. Oh yeah, like I said, I'm not a tile guy but...
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    Cleaning thinset from tile saw

    The tub was so full of particulate there was a Swanson speed square hiding down in there along with a lot of chunks of tile. I'm not a tile guy so I'm kind of guessing that you buy a brand new saw and then you never clean it you never wash out the tub and so on. Correct?
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