At this point, we have not attempted to grout, and I can see what is coming. A well-worn grout float, a five-gallon pail of water, and some little sponges. How to improve that situation? Well, we have several ways. I remember when we bought our first grout bucket, those funny looking square ones. It languished in the tool room probably a year. We got a job doing a new car showroom, about 5,000 feet of unpolished porcelain. The dealer would not let us cover the windows. As you might expect, the grout dried quickly on the face of the tile but the grout joint was still to wet to clean without making it very low, not an option on this job. After half a day of fighting with the grout, I went back to the shop and got the funny looking little grout bucket and the big flat sponge with the handle. I placed it by the rest of the material in the grout area and went on to do a few estimates at another site. A few hours later, my phone rings; "Hey Dave, can you pickup some more of those $100 grout buckets?" The next morning, we owned 4; a few weeks later, 6. Nobody ever used a 5-gallon bucket and sponge again. If you have a really good size job, yes, those power sponge machines you have laughed at for years really do work. If you ever use one on a big job, you will never get on your knees again. There are countless ways to save time and money to day using cutting edge materials and equipment. New products are constantly being developed to deal with today's trends in construction. Our working environment is ever changing, our customers more demanding, and good labor supplies dwindling. You really owe it to yourself to think beyond just what works and try some of these new and innovative pieces of equipment. Manufacturers have made similar strides in new installation products and proprietary methods that make complicated tasks like showers simple. Why not take a chance on making life a little easier and more profitable? Roll the dice and see if you get lucky; I am sure you will.
Does It Really Work?
December 23, 2004