Bathroom Floor Project - Day 3
Today, Linda and Karen were putting down an "underlayment membrane". In Linda's research, she found that such membranes are an easier-to-use substitute for the "backer board" that is often put down to provide a firm, even surface that is water resistant and provides protection against humidity.
They measured and cut and got the membrane ready.
Then they had to put mortar down to secure the membrane.
The 40 lb bag of mortar was too heavy, so I helped with that, and I carried the tile into the bedroom. Other than fetching dinner later, those were my contributions for the day. :)
With Karen's adding water, Linda mixed the mortar in a five-gallon bucket.
Then, they used a trowel to spread the mortar to secure the membrane.
Once the membrane was down, they used seam tape over the membrane seams.
Then they were ready to start laying tile. They laid out their tile using spacers.
Then they started securing the tile with mortar.
They said troweling the mortar on top of the membrane was the hardest part so far.
They cut a few pieces of tile ....
and realized their tile cutter is too small to do diagonal cuts. So, they will take it back tomorrow and get a bigger cutter.
By the end of the day, they were tired and sore but proud of what they accomplished.
In their preliminary thoughts about how long this would take, they hadn't expected to start laying tile until tomorrow, so they are well ahead of schedule.
There was some discussion that they could probably have a hit show with the two of them doing women's DIY projects as non-expert, every day folks. There has certainly been a lot of laughter involved.
And they mentioned that the funniest part is the two of them getting up off the floor; however, they also said that was the part that they would never allow to be videoed. :)
Gotta hand it to those gals. They have a goal and they are working their way through it. Will they finish tomorrow? We'll just have to wait and see. :)