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Old 04-17-2014, 01:12 PM   #29
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Very nice! How difficult was it to get the old tile off the back wall?

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DH used a box blade cutter to cut the silicone that was applied at the edging. He then used a blade screw driver to start pulling it away ever so gently. Then he pulled a bit at a time and it came off in one piece. It was just a fiberboard material. He cleaned the small amount of glue residue that had been applied to the wall by Thor. He then wiped it lightly with alcohol to clean the surface before applying the Smart Tiles. The flash on the camera made the material a bit brighter than it is in person. But it did lighten up the look of the area.
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That would be my only concern about installing around the stove area; whether the heat would eventually loosen the glue.
Come on, Sarah. We're on vacation when we're in our coaches. There's no cooking when you're on vacation....at least that's my story & I'm sticking to it.

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Come on, Sarah. We're on vacation when we're in our coaches. There's no cooking when you're on vacation....at least that's my story & I'm sticking to it.

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Yeah, what was I thinking??? I'm just irked because we have that corian-type backsplash and I can't install the smart tiles. Dang.
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How come? They can't be butted up against it?

Just wondering. We've got laminate, but there's Corian-like quarter-round between the countertop & wall as our backsplash wannabe (how cheap!)

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Suddenly I can't use the Picasa Web Albums to select individual photos to create images for IRV2. Anyone else having this problem?
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That would be my only concern about installing around the stove area; whether the heat would eventually loosen the glue.
I think the heat from the flames of the stove top burners are far enough from the backsplash material to not be of concern.

I would think the hair dryer would be used very close (an inch or two) to the Smart Tiles and would take a several minutes of direct contact in order to loosen the Smart Tiles from the walls. That's my best guess.

Oh, and BTW...
I rarely use the stove top-- most all cooking done outdoors !!
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How come? They can't be butted up against it?

Just wondering. We've got laminate, but there's Corian-like quarter-round between the countertop & wall as our backsplash wannabe (how cheap!)

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No...they actually did it right and put the solid surface up high around the stove and even behind the sink. There is very little wall space left. (Just a small strip below the microwave and a little area to the left of the window.)

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I think the heat from the flames of the stove top burners are far enough from the backsplash material to not be of concern.

I would think the hair dryer would be used very close (an inch or two) to the Smart Tiles and would take a several minutes of direct contact in order to loosen the Smart Tiles from the walls. That's my best guess.

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I rarely use the stove top-- most all cooking done outdoors !!
Yeah, I don't overdo it with the cooking either. Besides, the fold up stove top also creates a barrier to the back wall.
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I can't get the individual photos to work but the link below will take you to the web album.

https://picasaweb.google.com/1084281...eat=directlink

Right click on each photo and select "Open link in new window" to see larger image.
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I can't get the individual photos to work but the link below will take you to the web album.

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Looks great, Joe! Good job.
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First off, the pics of everyone's SmartTile updates look great.

Is there a problem using normal tile and grout in an RV? Grouting is very, very easy.
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No...they actually did it right and put the solid surface up high around the stove and even behind the sink. There is very little wall space left. (Just a small strip below the microwave and a little area to the left of the window.)
That really is nice. I guess that's what a few years newer gets ya. Like I stated, I've got fake-Corian quarter-round (maybe it's half-round, have to go look) on the formica countertop, then the wall-papered wall with a peeling edge border part way up. I'm SO ready to rip that all off & put up the ST's.

I just gotta get my hands on them. What stock our HD's carry is very little - nothing I like - & I don't like to buy stuff off the www as the colors showing on a laptop monitor aren't true.

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...Is there a problem using normal tile and grout in an RV? Grouting is very, very easy.
I've done it & it is quite easy, especially with straight runs. It's just messy & some may be concerned with grout cracking (even elastic) as we're bouncing & rolling down the highways.

I think the idea of using the Smart Tiles is to eliminate the grouting process, not having the added weight (although it really wouldn't be that much for such small spaces as we're using them in) of regular tile & not having to have to buy/rent a tile cutter. How much easier could it get than cutting with an X-acto knife, peel & stick?

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BTW, I found cutting the Smart Tiles with scissors was much easier than using a razor cutter. JMHO!
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