Keywords: unsanded tile
Description: Should I use sanded tile grout? What is the difference between sanded and non sanded tile grout?
In 2000, Lee Wallender first jumped into home renovation with that classic first move: pulling back the carpet of his freshly-purchased house to see if there was solid hardwood underneath. He has been remodeling ever since.
In-between writing articles for this site, he slips away to finish basements. install floors. paint walls, take down walls, do electrical work. and everything else related to home remodeling.
I began as the About.com Home Renovations writer in 2006. About maintains a running list of topics they need writers for. I had just finished a massive DIY home remodel on a 1913 farmhouse-style residence in the Washington DC area. I also had a Master's in English cooling on my shelf. I felt that the stars had aligned for me.
It's going to sound cliched, but I like helping people and doing so at the very base line--from a know-nothing perspective. I feel like so much home remodeling advice starts with the assumption that you already know something. The cocktail party description of my job is, "I show people first how to pick up the hammer."
Absolutely. Look, not all of my articles are, "This is a screw, it is pointy on one end." When you consider a topic you know nothing about--deep sea hydrothermal vents, Matisse's early works, whatever--you'll see how spare your body of knowledge is. And how much you might appreciate someone taking you by the hand.
One example I mention often isn't even on my site. It's our Expert Heather Cross' piece on how to get from JFK to Manhattan using AirTrain. It's friendly and conversational and informative but never patronizing, things like "Go down these five stairs" and "Look for this sign placed high up." To me, this perfectly illustrates the mission of About.com.
As for my own site, something like my article explaining what kitchen base cabinets are. I hate to admit that I knew-but-didn't-know what they were up until some years ago. At least, I wasn't aware that these two categories, base cabinets and wall cabinets, are a convenient jumping off point for understanding the entire world of kitchen cabinets.
People love kitchens and bathrooms. Kitchens and baths rule the home remodeling roost. They get the most use and they are the areas we spend the most time in.
Drywall. I've got tons of articles on drywall cutting, hanging, and finishing, all told from the perspective of someone who hates doing drywall. But it's such a core skill because whatever you do with your house, all roads lead back to drywall.
I like to cover marginal areas that other sites and the "shelter" TV shows won't cover. People often just want to make their bathtub look better and at a low cost, and that's why things like bathtub refinishing and tub liners exist. That's real world stuff. That's what a lot of us really care about.
But if you follow the HGTV or DIY Network narrative, it's "tear out the entire tub and spend $4,000 to rebuild" and nothing less. People often do want less.
I'll take all criticism and I value it, though I've come to the point where I won't entertain anyone who is mean and unpleasant. Say what you want, but just be nice. All of it makes my site stronger. Especially if it's someone in the industry or an informed do-it-yourselfer. I don't claim to know everything. It's all a work in progress for me every day.
You are capable of far more than what you imagine. Without sounding all woo-woo about this, home remodeling is a personal, transforming, empowering process.
You start out, frightened about the prospect of dealing with electrical wiring. You're nervous, it's scary, you want to call in an electrician. But you try it anyway and it all works out.
That sense of elation, of feeling stronger, of taking control of your world--that's what home remodeling is about.
Unfortunately, it has come to the point where I cannot answer readers' individual questions about home remodeling. The backlog has become so great that I feel I cannot adequately serve readers. If you have emergency questions, message me at my Facebook page and I will do my best to get back to you.
This background will help you understand why you may want to use sanded tile grout or non-sanded tile grout.