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Joseph asks…

We know Jimmy Carter was better than Reagan, but was he better than Jesus?

Jimmy Carter is a man of Jesus. In fact, he is better than Jesus because he does not lie to people. Jesus is well known to have boasted to be a carpenter. Funny thing about Jesus is that there is not one story in the Bible that says he was a carpenter. Not one. Zero. Zilch. Jimmy Carter builds houses with his bare hands for people in need. There is not any evidence in the Bible that Jesus built any thing, not even hanging a shelf or building a dollhouse. Carter is a man that knows his way around tools, clearly a skilled builder familiar on how to use a hammer and nails. Jesus was a man that lied to people; he clearly wanted to be his dad Joseph who actually was a carpenter. Sadly, the only exposure Jesus had to a hammer and nails was at the end of his life when the Romans were driving nails through his body on the cross. The irony of it all is that is this is probably the moment Christ learned how a hammer worked.

Denny answers:

Ha ha. Funny story.

Susan asks…

Are these the right tiling supplies for my bathtub surround?

Hey guys, finally did some research and went ahead and bought all my supplies from my local Lowe’s. Before I went ahead and started tiling my bathtub surround, I figured I would at least list out my tools and materials in case there is anything I bought that I shouldn’t use or if there is something major that I am missing since this is my very first time tiling (sorry for the long post). I appreciate your help greatly. If you don’t mind I’m going to list them out for you to see and if anyone has any suggestions, feel free. The area I will be tiling is about 70 square feet.

I do have 2 quick questions about cement board as well. I have heard some people use silicone in between all the joints of the cement board, then use the cb tape and thinset over the silicone to improve moisture containment. Is this okay to do?

Also, when putting up my cbu’s, do I put them in front of my tub flange and have them sit 1/4 inch above the tub by using 1/4 inch shims? The purpose of this is to then silicone the 1/4 inch gap, which will allow for tub expansion. Or do I have the cbu’s sit directly on top of the flange, but then let the tile hang lower towards the tub with 1/4 inch gap? I have heard both and don’t know which one is better or more recommended.

But anyways, here are the supplies. This should be my last post until I finish (unless I run into problems), then I’ll post pics of the end result

1) Whitish tile with some beige (about $1.49 per tile). They are porcelain (called capri classic) and are 12 x 12. Also got the decorative trim porcelain 4 X 12′s to go across the tiles horizontally at one point to make the tiles “pop out.”

2) 14 inch monocottura tile cutter by QEP with a titanium coated carbide cutting wheel.

3) 7 inch wet tile saw by QEP. Has 2 diamond blades. Does not list porcelain as a material it cuts (lists ceramic, marble, slate, and other masonry materials as what it can cut) but I talked to a carpenter that said it would work fine but I may need to change the blade more regularly.

4) Dupont Grout sealer – 1 quart. Covers up to 250 linear feet.

5) Heavy Duty Grouting sponge

6)3/16 inch spacers by Precision Components – 100 of them

7)1/4 inch by 3/8 inch by 1/4 inch Square notched floor trowel

8)9 and 1/2 inch by 4 inch molded rubber grout float

9) 25 pound bag of Mapei Keracolor S Sanded Grout with Polymer for joints 1/8 inch to 5/8 inch. It is pewter colored and it meets or exceeds ANSI A118.6 industry standards.

10) 50 pound bag of Mapei Ultraflex 2 Tile Mortar with Polymer. It is white in color. It meets or exceeds ANSI A118.4 and ANSI A118.11 industry standards.

11) I also have 5 diamond discs for my dremel tool to make some small cuts in the tile if needed. I have heard people use them for hole saws, but there is a process behind that which I would like to try.

12) A couple 3×5 Durock cement boards

13) Alkali Resistant Joint tape for my CB joints

14) I will use my ultraflex 2 thinset as the compound for going over the joint tapes in the durock

15) I did not buy a grout application tool, but I do have a small paint brush that I would like to try for this purpose.

16) A small mixer tool for my thinset that fits in my 3/8 corded drill.

17) Small bucket for mixing

Okay thanks guys for your help, let me know what you think of the supplies and if you have an opinion on my cbu questions at the top, feel free to comment. Take care

Denny answers:

Plastic sheeting for a vapor barrier behind your cement board.
No you don t have to caulk joints or between the cement board and tub. If the CB is over and beyond the tub lip water won t flow up and over the lip.
Your using sanded grout and with the size of tile you have 10# may be enough and 1-50 # thin set may not be enough. All that depends on the square foot your covering with tile.
You said yours is a rubber float . For sanded grout you ll need a hard rubber float. Soft rubber is for un sanded grout.
Don t use a 3/8# drill for thin set. You ll burn it up. Borrow a 1/2″ drill or mix by hand with a margin trowel. You ll need a margin trowel to mix the grout. Using a speed mixer in grout you can trap air and weaken the grout.
Between the hand cutter and the few wet saw cuts needed that small wet saw will be fine.
Do you want soap and or shampoo shelves? These are very handy and come in many sizes and styles.
Any questions you can e mail me through my avatar and check my qualifications there.
Plus I ve done 100s of tub surrounds. GL

Richard asks…

Help with Geometry question?

A carpenters square is an L shaped tool used to draw right angles. You need to cut a circular piece of wood into two semicircles. How can you use a carpenters square to draw a carpenters square to draw a diameter on the circular piece of wood.

Denny answers:

Drag the carpenters tool across the edge of the circle. When you find the spot that the measurement across the center is the longest thats the diameter

Daniel asks…

what is procedure when car is clamped for no tax in England?

My hubbys friend had his van clamped by DVLA for no tax.He is carpenter & after being unexpectedly laid off had no ready money to renew car tax so parked it on road by his home intending to tax within days. He knows & accepts this was wrong but felt no point in getting it SORN as every intention to tax back to 1st of the month anyway. He was alarmed to find the car had been clamped & promptly bought tax for it. However when he returned to put it on windscreen the van had been towed away with all his work tools inside. Can anyone advise where he stands about getting his van & his tools back. How much is it likely to cost & can he get his tools back if he cannot afford to pay all fees immediately? These tools are his livelyhood, if fees/fine are exorbetant, without his tools he cannot work to earn money to pay the fees? Helpful answers only please, remember we can all have sudden unfortunate financial circumstances thrust apon us at times & he did not actually drive the van without tax.

Denny answers:

You are allowed to retrieve personal items from the vehicle.

There will be a fee for the towing and a daily fee for each day it is in the compound (both subject to VAT)

As he now has a tax disc, the vehicle can be released when the fees are paid. Obviously he wants to do this before more daily fees are added.

If he doesn’t pay the fees the vehicle will be scrapped.

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