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Tackling tile, loving a new look


Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

Brandon Brotzel sets tile for a bathroom display at the Tile Superstore & More in Rochester. Photo by Wendy Wilson

The pride and satisfaction derived from completing a home improvement project is realized each day - just by looking across the room.

With a little sweat, hard work and some good design advice, an individual can save 30 to 40 percent of the cost of installing a tile floor if they do it themselves, according to tiling expert Jim Korsmo. Korsmo co-owns the Tile Superstore & More in Rochester with Lorrie Swancutt and Travis Prigge.

“Now that summer’s over, I think everybody’s starting to look at the projects they left behind,” Korsmo says. “I think a lot of people are trying to get projects done before the holidays.”

One such project is installing bathroom floor tile. Korsmo shared the relatively simple instructions to get the job done. The project takes two days. Estimated labor time is about 12 to 16 hours for a 40 to 50 square-foot bathroom.

Installing bathroom floor tile is “well within the realm of a do-it-yourselfer” he says, but he recommends assistance for updating other areas of the bath such as installing a shower. A professional is usually needed in the shower region because a rubber liner must be employed with careful attention to pitch and water-proofing.

So, let’s get started.

Installing the underlayment

Thoroughly clean the area to be tiled.

Next, trowel an underlayment thinset mortar to adhere fiberock to the plywood floor. Different adhesive methods may be employed if the floor is concrete.

Nail the fiberock down to the floor.

Laying it out

After installing the fiberock, lay out the pieces of tile and make cuts for the room edges.

“You lay that all out so you know where you want to start,” says Korsmo. “You try to design where you will have the largest cuts possible. You don’t want little tile slivers.”

A wet saw is used to make the cuts. Other equipment may be used to score and snap the tile.

“Spacers can aid in getting the proper spacing in the tile,” Korsmo says.

Another layer of thinset is applied over the fiberock. “You comb that on with one of those notched trowels,” he says.

Installing the grout

Let the floor sit overnight. The next day, the grout is applied.

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New construction or remodeling?

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

In Fillmore County, the number of new houses being built has gone down a little in 2012. There are still people getting building permits for additions, garages, sheds, or farm buildings, but those numbers are also down slightly in 2012. In 2010, ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

It is not too soon to start thinking about Fillmore County’s next Household Hazardous Waste event. As in the past, the fall event will be held on the first Tuesday of October. This year, the date is October 2. On that day, we will gladly accept yo ..... 
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On the look out for Japanese Beetles in Fillmore County

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

By Shelly Skindelien, Fillmore County Extension, Master Gardener intern The Japanese beetle has made its arrival in Minnesota. This is a serious pest of turf and ornamental plants. Grubs feed on the roots of grass and adults feed on the foliage of ..... 
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Habitat for Humanity-Winona Fillmore Counties seeking a family for home currently under construction in Harmony

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Home & Garden

Habitat for Humanity-Winona Fillmore Counties is now accepting applications for the home currently under construction in Harmony. To qualify for a Habitat home, the family must currently be living in substandard housing, be unable to obtain a conven ..... 
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“Growing Green” gardening workshop

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

The Houston County Master Gardeners and Caledonia Area Community Education would like to invite all experienced or budding gardeners to attend our second annual “Growing Green” Gardening Workshop to be held at the Caledonia Middle and High Schoo ..... 
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Harmony woman's garden is a labor of love

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Home & Garden

Lori Pfremmer of rural Harmony has been gardening her entire life. She has been working on her current garden since she moved to the country with her husband Fred six years ago, and it has grown and spread each year. And it still isn't finished.
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Prepare a deck for winter

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Home & Garden

As the weather cools, many homeowners already have a system in place to help prepare their home's exterior for the looming winter season.

Making sure outdoor furniture is stored away and bushes and young trees are wrapped in burlap are just ..... 
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Housing help from SEMCAC

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Home & Garden

Fall is almost here, and this time of year many people start getting their homes ready for winter. However, many people out there are not able to afford to get their homes ready, or to fix safety and code issues. There are people who are not able to ..... 
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