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I ripped out the gyprock and put cement board on my bathroom walls where
the shower is and then covered them in ceramic tile. I used non sanded type
grout and then sealed it. I completed this job about three years ago.
I noticed today in the shower that I have a few hairline cracks in the
grout (very minimal but bothersome). What would be the best way to repair
this?...should I just mix up some more grout and go over the small cracks,
or should I dig out the old grout and then put in the replacement grout. Are
there any specialty tools used to dig out old grout? I don't need to do a
whole wall or anything....just a few 6 inch long cracks that could develop
into larger problems... thanks for replying... Jim
Hi Tony....you mean latex based grout?...I dunno what it was...it was
recommended for bathrooms by the Home Depot dude and the rest of the
bathroom looks great...I personally think I am getting the cracks from the
expansion and contraction of the water as the cracks are only in spots where
the water is concentrated on hitting the wall.................Thanks....Jim
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I put tile down in my kitchen this past winter, also the Home Depot
stuff. Two weeks ago, I noticed some of the grout was wet near the
fridge. I discovered a pinhole leak in the plastic water line to the ice
maker. I fixed it and the grout dried, but now it's cracking away from
the tile. I'm very disappointed. I don't know if the quality of the
grout is a problem, but i don't think a little moisture should have
caused the grout to crack.
"Jim & Lil" <jim.morris-at-sk.sympatico.ca> wrote in message
with non-sanded grout, you can scrape a little out and add more back in. you
have to make sure there's no water spots or soap, or the new won't stick to
the old. also, if it's been sealed, it may not stick either. you'll have to
dig down pretty deeply.
there's a tool that you can get. looks like a little saw with about a dozen
teeth and some carbide grit, or you can use a rounded off screwdriver. be
careful, because if you chip or scratch the existing tiles, you'll want to
take them out and do them over.
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