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Old 08-26-2014, 05:39 PM   #589
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I am intrigued by the idea of tiling sills.

I have two front windows whose sills are a bit marred by the nails of dogs.

Pictures, please. I might try this myself.


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Old 08-27-2014, 12:07 PM   #590
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Maggie, I'll get the photos to the computer later. But a few things to think of—there may be different materials to adhere the tile to and they may expand and contract at different rates. This can make the tile bond weak, so use thinset as it sticks better than other tile adhesives. Also consider epoxy grout as it will last longer though it is pain to use, it is very strong.

What are your sills made of? Maybe they can be refinished.

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... This is outpatient surgery to remove one cyst in the lowest vertebra. ... He said if only the cysts were removed, they would come back. I did some research and the studies show a 1 to 20% chance of that. The studies with the most people had the lowest percent recurrence... No one tells me much about recovery except to say don't do this and that. No one tells me what I can do... It is supposed to take 6 weeks to recover...
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I had the same surgery in 2006. Geez, has it been that long ago? Mine was a bit higher but I cant recall the exact bone name or number, the scar starts 4" above my belt line and goes upward for another 4". Anyway, I talked to a couple of neurosurgeons and I found one I was comfortable with, I really think that is an important thing to do, be comfortable with the surgeon. My cyst was actually inside the spinal sack and pinching off the nerves resulting in my left leg spazzing out. I understod it is a well known issue but fairly rare occurance. They kept an eye on me for several years incase another one sprouted up but I was finally released a few years ago.

Recovery stunk.

My proceedure was on a Friday - don't do it on a Friday - everyone took off Saturday, Sunday and by Monday I was sure I had been left for dead by the experts. Laying flat on my back for 3 days was miserable when combined with muscle spasms in the surgery area. Breathing exercises and making me cough earned the hospital staff a special place in the dark memories of my mind. I got to go home after 5 days only to get sent back to bed rest after the spinal tissue started to leak and formed a bubble.

4 weeks later my lovely wife rolled me into the cab of the truck, hitched up the Airstream and took me camping. A couple of weeks after that I waddled back to work.

Long term effects? Well, I never could touch my toes so now I have an excuse...
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Sounds like they did more than I am supposed to get. But they do rush you out the door these days and want you to keep moving so scar tissue doesn't form on the nerve. I will be rolled into the truck back seat where I can lie down to go home the next day after a night in a motel. It is being done on a Monday, but I don't know what I'm supposed to do if something goes wrong—emergency room or what? I'd change the group even though the doc seemed right if I wasn't so deep in to this.

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Maggie, I'll get the photos to the computer later. But a few things to think of—there may be different materials to adhere the tile to and they may expand and contract at different rates. This can make the tile bond weak, so use thinset as it sticks better than other tile adhesives. Also consider epoxy grout as it will last longer though it is pain to use, it is very strong.

What are your sills made of? Maybe they can be refinished.

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They are wood of some sort.

They could be refinished, I'm sure, I just liked the idea of the tile.


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Old 08-28-2014, 06:04 PM   #594
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Here are some photos:

1. The new door to the deck from the "great room".

2. Finished part of bedroom with new door, tile over door (can't really see it well—porcelain in dark terra cotta), new soffit, lamp, Navajo rug, tools lying about.

3. Another new door to master bath, tile above, soffit area to right, another Navajo. The dresser is oak and 100+ years ago this was called "cottage furniture". That meant it was cheap for the lower class. I found it in the back of an antique shop years ago, refinished it and have used it ever since. The wood, though not quarter sawn, is beautiful.

4. Detail of the tiled window sill. It has not been grouted yet as we haven't found epoxy grout yet. The original sill is white cultured marble (not natural marble; compressed limestone dust) and the wood trim under the sill means two different surfaces underneath. I hope this works.

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Beautiful work, Gene.

I don't have anything with which to cut those large tiles, was thinking of the little ones that come on a backing you just lay down, then grout.

I like the idea of tile over your doorways, too.

We have ceramic tile in about half of the house....hearth, kitchen/dining, back hallway and into the bathroom. All the same light, neutral color. Love it.

I'll have to look around at what's available once I am home. Might be a good project for my housebound self over the fall and winter holidays.

Thanks for the pics!


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Maggie, I don't know anything about the ones with a stick on backing. If you windows collect moisture in the winter and drip onto the sill, a more water resistant adhesive is probably needed. You can rent a tile saw and learn how to cut tile. Best to start with a small job like a vestibule or around a wood stove.

I've been doing tile for a long time, so what seems easy to me may not be for someone new to it, but anyone can learn.

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I'll look into the options.

Thanks.


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Update time. First Maggie, the grout I used was called something like "Power"; it is a TEC product and much stronger (and 3+times from expensive) than regular grout.

I had surgery 9 days ago and am healing. The first week was often uncomfortable between the surgical site and my sciatic nerve slowly getting used to nothing pressing on it. But I can stand up straight, walked 2/3 of mile on the treadmill yesterday and washed windows today. I can't see the stitches, but Barb says everything looks fine (no bleeding, gangrene, loathsome things). So cyst removal has helped and I hope to get back to my normal life soon.

The whole medical process, aside from the surgery, was pretty awful. Scheduling problems abounded, contradictory instructions were common and minutes before the procedure, they told me I'd have to stay overnight. A new Medicare rule no one had bothered to know. We looked for a loophole (Barb called a lawyer friend who is conversant with elder law and he didn't know a way around it). So I had to stay on an uncomfortable bed that night eating mediocre food and Barb slept on a futon in the room. It was a private room at least and they didn't bother me during the night. But every time I woke up, they wanted me to hit the button if I wanted to use the bathroom. Apparently they get marked down if you misbehave (they know you got up because the heart monitor goes flatline). There were very few people on the floor, but the nurses weren't always very quick. When you have to go, sometimes you really have to go, so I would disconnect myself sometimes. I was discharged pretty early (if you tell them you'll just leave if it takes too long, they threaten you that Medicare won't pay) and we got on the road by mid-morning.

The drive to Denver was hard. My back and leg hurt a lot and the last 125 miles I lay on the back seat of the pickup. I can tell you I-70 has many, many potholes and bumps because I felt them all. I was able to sit up all the way back, though the last 30 miles were getting tough. Gradually I will step up exercise and I have a ways to go to get in good condition again. Hopefully the nerve does not have permanent damage (2 back surgeons said it shouldn't). Remodeling will occur again, probably sooner than the doctor would want.

Still no offers on the old house. The realtor finally told Barb some things she thinks should be fixed (she didn't want to upset us). Why did she wait until the end of the selling season? We are going to get bids, mainly on leveling a floor that bothers people. This house thing is the worst experience I have ever had with real estate. Usually I sell houses fast and for a good profit.

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Hi, Gene; Sounds like you made it alright. Keep moving, but let things heal up too. I don't know if it is the same thing, but I heard that if they treat you as an out patient [no over night stay] you will get a huge bill instead of Medicare or your insurance paying for it. So it might have been better for you to stay. We were also hoping that you would have said that your house sold too. Maybe time to lease it out. That was one of our possible options.
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Sounds like you are making a good recovery, Gene, and I hope that continues.

One of these days, that house will sell. There is someone out there your house is perfect for.



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Glad to hear that you are on the mend, my friend.
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Thanks for the good wishes.

Achieving that balance between too much rest and too much activity is not easy. Since we had a guest this weekend, rest was easy because none of wanted to do much and we took a drive to Utah. At least we think we were in Utah because the roads past Glade Park are not well marked, but we saw a sign saying we had left Mesa Co., and there were only two ways to go and they both went to Utah. We saw some beautiful land and rock formations. Maybe I'll download some photos when I get to a motel tomorrow and use their free wifi. We know we would eventually have come to the Colorado River, but it is a long way down (half a mile or more) and the road was getting bumpy and my back did not enjoy that.

We go to Denver and the doctor gets to look at the incision and I hope he says I'm doing so well I can do more and more and more. I'll try to get up to 1 mile on the treadmill today. I feel better and better. One sign of healing is the itching around the incision which is driving me nuts. I put skin cream around the area and that helps a lot.

The house is still with us. A sloping second floor may be causing people to not want the house, so we are looking into what it would cost to fix that. This is a common issue with log houses and it never bothered us, but bothers prospective buyers. It is still a buyers' market.

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