how to find pool tiles

I am trying to find pool tiles on the internet. I am looking for ideas on how to find pool tiles for a pool build 17 years ago. Basically, I have a mosaic pattern made up of two types. One type is a 2"x2" square with a corner cut out which will accommodate a circular (1.5" diameter) piece. The second type is a rectangular tile, 2"x1". Both are in a aqua blue color. I have been looking at patterns on www.ebay.com and www.google.com for hours. How do I find such a thing? Any good ideas on how to formulate a good search? I am thinking of joining a ceramics class so that I can make a dozen. Any other ideas?
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On 4/10/2011 3:51 PM, Deodiaus wrote:

Are you trying to replace tiles that have come losoe?
Jim
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Yes, some are lost, others are broken and don't fit. I was thinking of retileing one section using a different pattern. BTW, how does one adhere them. I am using epoxy because grout seems to get disolved by the pool chemicals in a year or so.
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On 4/10/2011 5:00 PM, Deodiaus wrote:

Last time I adhered tiled I think I used thin-set. Appears to work.
Pool grout is usually available at a pool supply store.
The reason I asked about the replacement tiles is you are most likely not going to find a match. Stranger things have happened though.
I was told the best place to get replacement tiles is to use the tile inside your skimmers (assuming there is any). I have a row I could take out and replace with a different tile or plaster to repair more obvious places.
Since you're thinking of re-tiling a section with another pattern you might be able to harvest some tile for your repair job.
Jim
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No, actually, the top inside of the skimmer needs tiles. I had some in the garage [as I collect them as they fall off], but they must have been thrown out during cleaning. I have been googling all weekend trying to find them!! We need an image match algorithm!! Did you see my web page? http://deodiaus.tripod.com/tile.htm I think I'd have better luck scourging the city dump, since a local pool builder might have used the same set elsewhere, and renovated them since!!
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http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/skill-builder/0,,20057064,00.html references a place that makes tile to order North Prairie Tileworks, in Minneapolis
www.handmadetile.com ??
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On 4/10/2011 10:04 PM, Deodiaus wrote:

Must be a really nice pool. Be sure to call some pool repair people for ideas. I have a very similar problem but, like I said, I could easily get some tiles out of the skimmer.
What I ended up doing was replacing the tiles with generic looking bathroom tile. But my pool isn't a show pool. I'm just keeping it from falling apart.
Pools can be money pits.
Jim
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I just thought of an idea. What if I were to find another tile, which I could cut down to the same dimensions. Are there any places which sells unglazed tiles, which I could cut and shape?
How easy is it to match the colors and have them colored and glazed? I say that because maybe the colors might change during the kiln firing?
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On 4/10/2011 10:24 PM, Deodiaus wrote:

I don't think so.
Personally, I think you're going to have to make some compromises. Like I said, call some pool repair contractors. They deal with this stuff all the time.
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You are going to have to remove tiles from an intact area and take them to a place that makes special custom tiles...
It will cost an arm and a leg... Your hopes to join a ceramics class and produce your own are a pipe dream...
Or you could just re-tile the entire pool in the band where those decorative tiles are located...
Matching existing tiling is an art, be prepared to pay out the nose for the one or two local experts at doing it in your area...
This is why when you make an expensive improvement to your home where you are using tiles or carpeting or pre-finished materials you would want to obtain extra materials which you keep hidden away in some closet or corner of the basement if something ever gets damaged...
~~ Evan
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I bought the house a couple of years ago and there are no spare tiles. Funny, but my real estate agent made me throw out the old paint buckets stored under my house, because she claimed that the new buyer might reject the buy if "he finds garbage under the house" during the walk through before signing on the dotted lines. I left them there in case the buyer wanted to do touch up work. I guess the real estate agent has her contractor friend to whom she gives a lot of work
BTW, Years ago, I had a door I was trying to find a sliding bracket for a sliding glass door made by Adore Corp in La Jolla, CA in 1954. The hardware store had connections to a place in Hagerstown, MD which stocked all sorts of stuff, for $25 for them, and $25 for the hardware store. There was one piece that they could not find in the catelog, so they asked if they could send it to the merchant. They lost my piece. I asked for it back, but they told me that I told them to throw it out. I wanted to punch the guy in the face so bad!!
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