How to grout tile?

After the tile is mounted, the next step is grouting the tiles, this is a less time-consuming and work exhaustive task than the installation, but it is actually more important for a long lasting job; it will also guarantee that the floor under the tile stays safe from moisture.
Grouting can be a rewarding task because filling those gaps will make the tiles look pretty.

What is grout
Grout is a form of concrete (fluid) that is used to fill gaps or spaces. Grout is a mixture of water, cement, and sand; although you may already find premixes in the market both in powder form (cement and sand only) or premixed fluid containers (easier but less recommended).
Tiling grout is often used to fill the spaces between tiles or mosaics, and secure tiles to its base.
What you need to know about grout
Regular grout comes in a diversity of colors, what you want to do is choose the one that matches the color of your tiles, also if you want to minimize color disparity you not only need to use as little water as possible (for powder mixes), but also mix as thoroughly as possible, it is best to mix it by hand, try to achieve a creamy peanut butter consistency.
Light grout tends to emphasize the individual tiles by blending in, or becoming invisible, while dark grout tends to emphasize patterns.
If you choose a color that matches your tiles, then you will have a continuous feeling. If you want your tiles to stand out, then choose a contrasting color for your grout. If you are grouting a high traffic area you are better off with a dark grout since light color ones tend to get dirty pretty fast, and it is difficult to clean.
There is sanded and unsanded grout. Sanded grout is stronger and more resistant, if your space between tiles is larger than 1/8 of an inch, then you should use sanded grout. Unsanded grout is recommended for soft stones tiles like polished limestone or marble.
How to apply grout
If you are re-grouting an old tiled surface, you first need to clean the area by scraping and vacuuming.
You are going to need a float to spread the grout. Smear the grout diagonally across the tile to force it deep into the joints and prevent it from being sucked back out as your float slides along. Grout walls first and floors last, that way you don´t have chances to ruin the already finished up floor. To remove the bulk grout, you need to wipe by doing a couple of “S” movements. You will also need to sponge off the surface with a damped (make sure it is not wet) sponge, this is also a diagonal movement, remember to rinse your sponge constantly. After it is completely dry (30 to 45 minutes), you will see a haze has formed, polish away this haze with a microfiber towel.
Corners do not need grouting, corners tend to crack, therefore you are best off with caulk.
A very important Tip
Re-mix the grout at least every 15 minutes, and check if it needs a little more water to keep the ideal consistency.

Strange Solutions That Worked.

 

Weird Hiccup Cure – Hiccups are annoying; they go away as sudden as they come. However, there is a simple solution to this problem, albeit a little bit gross.

Condor Cluster – Giving the Air Force Research Laboratory a low budget did not stop them from building their own supercomputer. Having not enough money to buy a supercomputer, they decided to buy 1760 Playstation 3 units.

Colours to influence behaviours – According to scientific research, some colours are effective in reducing one’s negative thoughts, be it suicidal tendencies or aggressiveness.

Plastic Wishbones – Its Traditional for two people to break apart a birds wishbone after extracting it from a cooked dinner.

Bottled Air & Bags of Dirt – When travelling overseas, it is always a good idea to bring something that reminds you of your home.

Shooter Stopped with a Hug – If you ever encounter a man with a gun, your natural instinct would be to hide or run away as fast as you can.

Black Dyed Water – It is said that the more you prohibit people, the more they are inclined to do it.

Face Masks Fooling Bengal Tigers – Bengal tigers are considered one of the most dangerous predators in India.

Ants for Stitches – Sutures weren’t a thing back as early as 1000BC, so our ancestors had to make do with what they had on their hands. Plant fibres, animal hair, ants…

“Instant” Baggage Claims – Having to wait to claim your baggage is extremely infuriating, especially if you just had a long flight. Using Typewriters Against

Spies – Within days of Edward Snowden’s revelations, Kremlin agents were quick to replace all their high-end computers with something more traditional – typewriters.

Fish Eating Dead Skin – Turkish people came up with a weird solution to treat psoriasis – fish.

Piano Stairs – Ever wish you can have fun while using the stairs? Then piano stairs can do the trick.

Balls to Reduce Evaporation – California often experiences drought spells, so to prevent the Ivanhoe reservoir from getting dried up, they filled it balls – lots of it.

Flame Weeding – Tired of plucking weeds all day? Worried about contaminating the land with pesticides? Well, How about just flame-thrower-ing the ground? Sounds crazy but this solution, called ‘Flame weeding’ is an organic alternative, used by a number of conscious gardeners and agriculturalists around the world.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gt_-yO72LI

Trends modern urban design: Peter Calthorpe

1 of every 2 humans live in cities and this will soon be 2 of every 3. The city defines the quality of life of its inhabitants more than any other factor at a mass scale, and on the individual. The impact of a city is huge. From climate change to economic vitality to our very well-being and sense of connectedness. How a city is designed matters. Peter Calthorpe is already at work planning the cities of the future and advocating for community design that’s focused on human interaction. He shares seven universal principles for solving sprawl and building smarter, more sustainable cities.

Where are The Most Fascinating Old ABANDONED Mansions?

Old abandoned mansions around the world! Once thriving castles, these old places are now abandoned! Located in Ukraine, Russia, Belgium and New York in case you are interested to visit them.

Muromtzevo Castle, Russia

The legend of this castle begins in the 1800s when a French and a Russian nobleman started arguing over whose country had the best architecture. After hearing the French nobleman go on and on, the Russian declared that he could easily Build a castle as magnificent as the ones in France. The French man said that if he built this castle he would go to Russia himself to see it and the bet was on. Colonel Vladimir Khrapovitsky went home and built Muromtzevo Castle.
5 years later he invited his French noble friends to his estate to visit his gothic castle. When they arrived they began complimenting him on his new home. “Oh no”, he said. “This is just the stable! The castle is a bit further!” The guests were amazed at the French style chateau complete with gardens and cascades. Khrapovitsky also built two schools and a church for the villagers.
When the Russian Revolution started, Khrapovitsky was forced to flee his castle and is said to have deceased in poverty. His beautiful creation was plundered and rebuilt in a way the owners would have hardly recognized. It was used as a college, and then a hospital, and then forgotten.

Pidhirtsi Castle, Ukraine
Built between 1635 and 1640, Pidhirtsi Castle has survived the trials of war and occupation. Part castle, part fortress, this castle has the reputation for being haunted. In the 18th century, one of the owners was said to have ambushed his wife because of his insane jealousy and had her body walled up in the basement. Known as the “Woman in White” she is said to wander the castle. A group of 20 Ukrainian psychics recently agreed that the place was filled with ghosts. Measurements of the electromagnetic field of the castle were off the charts, a pseudo-scientific sign for many that Pidhirtsi is most certainly haunted.
During WWII the castle was taken over and plundered by the Soviets until it was converted into a hospital for people suffering from sickness. A lightning bolt struck the building in 1956, Setting it on fire for three weeks straight, destroying everything left inside. It has now been converted into a museum, telling the story of the struggles of a region.

Miranda Castle, Belgium
Also called Chateau de Noisy, this castle in Belgium was Built for French aristocrats fleeing the French Revolution. In 1866, Count Liedekerke-De Beaufort commissioned English architect Edward Milner to design and build them a new home. Even though Milner passed away,
the castle was Completed in 1907 once the clock tower was erected. The Liedekerke-Beaufort family lived in the castle until World War II, when it was occupied by the Germans after the Battle of the Bulge which took place on part of the property.
In 1950, the National Railway Company of Belgium took over the castle and turned it into an orphanage and camp for sick children. This is when it was renamed Chateau de Noisy. It was too expensive to maintain and in 1991, the castle was abandoned. Parts of the structure were heavily damaged in a fire and most of the ceilings have collapsed.
In 2014, the family applied for and was granted permission to demolish Miranda Castle. In 2015, A group of investors intervened to stop the demolition and petitioned to have it included on the Walloon Heritage Conservation List. As of June 2016, the castle is in private hands and is listed as private property. Rumor has it that the family finally agreed to sell, but no one knows who has bought it.
Miranda Castle was used as a filming location for the American series Hannibal. In the show, this Belgian castle is portrayed as Castle Lecter in Lithuania as the ancestral home of everyone’s favorite cannibal.

Halcyon Hall, New York
The image of Halcyon Hall is Used by many paranormal investigators to represent haunted places but most people don’t know what or where it is. This rotting relic in Millbrook, New York was originally built as a luxury hotel in 1890 when summer colonies like Newport were popular. H. J. Davison Jr. spent a fortune on the Victorian Queen Anne style building with 5 stories and 200 rooms.
Unfortunately, the resort failed and Davison was forced to sell. It was then purchased in 1907 by May Bennett for her Bennett School for Girls which later became Bennett College. The school had been founded in 1890 in Irvington, NY but needed a larger home.
The Bennett School offered 6 years of education to girls from prominent families in NY.

What are the 10 Most Dangerous Bridges in the World?

Dangerous bridges you should never cross! You must definitely know where these edifications are.

Check out this places!

Titlis Cliff Walk
The Titlis Cliff Walk holds the record for being the highest suspension bridge in Europe. Located in the Swiss Alps it hangs at 10,000 feet (3, 041m) above sea level. The route takes you along a snowy section of Mount Titlis to an underground tunnel and onto the viewing platform where you have spectacular views 1,500 feet down into the glacier abyss. Their website says only those with “nerves as strong as the steel cables from which it hangs” should cross the bridge, but representatives say it’s “100% safe and impossible to fall from the bridge.” It’s kind of a mixed message but even from just the pictures, it looks totally worth it! As long as I had someone to hold my hand I think I’d be fine.

Langkawi Sky Bridge
The Langkawi Sky Bridge isn’t old or falling apart, but what makes it special, and kind of scary, is its architecture. The bridge is located in Malaysia at the peak of Gunung Mat Cinchang, a five hundred million year old mountain in Malaysia. It is a suspended bridge that curves out over the trees, giving a breathtaking 360 degree view of the Langkawi islands and Andaman Sea. It holds onto the mountain by a single 82m pylon, and includes glass sections so you can look down onto the tops of the trees located far below. Hanging 700 meters above sea level, the suspended pathway is only accessible by cable car. Which is another engineering feat altogether! The entire bridge was actually built on the ground and then had to be hoisted up by helicopter and then put together in its final position.

Hussaini Hanging Bridge
Located in Northern Pakistan, Borit Lake is home to THE most dangerous bridge in the world. Built on a budget with just wood and rope, the bridge that crosses over the upper Hunza River has some wooden planks that are few and far between. Strong winds shake the bridge and swing it from side to side making you grab on for dear life. The structure, or ghost of one, was actually submerged by floodwaters in 2010, and badly damaged by a monsoon in 2011, but that hasn’t kept tourists from looking for a thrill. There is actually a “new” second bridge hanging next to the old one, which is just as rickety and dangerous. If you dare to brave this bridge, hang on for dear life!

Monkey Bridges
Vietnam’s monkey bridges were chosen by Travel & Leisure magazine among the world’s scariest bridges. These are perhaps the most primitive bridges you will ever see, located in the Mekong Delta in the southern tip of Vietnam. You could probably just make it yourself. They are built with just a single bamboo pole, or two if you’re lucky. One to walk on and a second one to use as a handrail. Their nickname comes from the stooped, monkey-like posture you must assume to maintain your balance. If you ever get a chance to try one be sure to bring a towel, just in case you fall into the river!

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Compared to some of the other bridges on this list it doesn’t sound as impressive, spanning just 66 feet from point A to B. But the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in Northern Ireland is 98 feet above jagged rocks between the safe mainland and the island that gives the bridge it’s name. Originally used by fishermen to catch salmon with their nets, the first bridge was quite primitive and consisted of only one handrail. The rope and wood structure started to gain a name for itself and more and more people came to trit trot over the bridge. Sometimes the walk back over the bridge scares visitors so much they take a small boat back. If you are brave enough to cross at least once you’re in for a reward: the island offers breathtaking views of Rathlin Island in Scotland and the Irish Sea.

U Bein Bridge
The U Bein Bridge in Burma is the oldest and longest teak footbridge in the world. Built 200 years ago to span shore to shore across the lake in Amarapura, it is actually made of the remains of the former royal palace. The mayor, U Bein, salvaged wood from the pieces of a dismantled teak palace at Amarapura when the capital was moved to Mandalay in 1857. It is held together by 1,086 wooden and bamboo pillars, each one five feet apart, supporting you on your 1.2 km walk, 15 feet in the air. The bridge is most popular at sunset, but if you want to avoid the tourists try going just after sunrise. Then you’ll be accompanied by hundreds of villagers and monks who still use it regularly by foot. Just be extra careful, it’s rickety and there are no handrails whatsoever.