I've noticed this. The tub and all my sinks but the kitchen and
laundry sinks have overflows, but they seem to accomplish very little,
compared to the size of the opening and how big I know the passageways
On my list of things to do is make some sort of measurement of how
much water will flow through each overflow.
Given the extremely low volume of water allowed by EnergyStar these days (bath
faucets are less than 1.75gpm now), my guess is that the sink overflows will be
able to handle it with no problem. Bathtubs are a different story, but the
overflow there is significantly larger.
My house precedes energystar. But the overflow doesn't do well on
My bathtub wasn't running even at 1.75 gpm when it overflowed. It was
off, except the washer was bad and something between a trickle and a
tiny stream was running, and the overflow coudln't even handle that.
Yes, it's strange. I don't know why. I took the overflow apart
afterwards and didn't find anything unusual in it. And the drain
works well. It's a mystery.
Some tubs do not have outlets. My soaking tub (not porcelain - some
kind of synthetic -- has NO place for overflow to go. Shouldn't this
Required as much as "This product contains peanuts" on a jar of peanut
butter. We have rules to save the weak, when in reality, nature should be
taking them out of the gene pool.
Should have a bead of white silicone along the tub bottom.
In my bathroom the tiles also run partly up the wall.
Last house was floor only and woodwork at the walls.
Had the toilet overflow a couple times, and it looks like the weak
spots for water to escape are around the toilet base and under the
vanity. Won't get through the grout.
With suitable layers of sealant (a good sealant), I suspect any tile - even
sausalito - can be made as stain resistant as granite.
For the small bathroom in your project, a pint of the stuff (~$6.00) should
be a better bargain than $5 more per tile for marble.
saltillo. i doubt you'd be putting a small kalifornia town down on your
it's really hard to make saltillo tiles be non-absorbant. they are a very
soft clay. you'd have to imbue them in something that would fill all the
pores. normal wear would open up areas on the tile and make them absorbant
again. it would be worse than having carpet on a bathroom floor.
Mine get a coat or two of SealCrete then 3 coats of oil poly. The SealCrete
(which is acrylic) was to prevent the poly from darkening them.
Most of my 2500 sq.ft of Saltillo has been down for 10-12 years. What you
say about wear is true but it takes a *lot* of wear. The only areas that
need re-doing on mine are a 3' wide path around the kitchen island and about
3 tiles just outside the shower (which are still non-absorbent but the water
did in the poly).
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