HOW TO REPLACE A BROKEN FLOOR TILE

You can easily replace your broken floor tile yourself without damaging any of the surrounding tiles. Follow these steps I followed right after hiring an expert St. Charles, MO basement finishing colleague to fix tiles in my basement; few weeks later, I incidentally broke one of them and I had no choice than to repair it myself to avoid further expenses. The process was very effective and easy to follow; 

1. The broken tile should be removed from the floor.

Use a chisel to remove the broken tile.  Put down drop sheets to protect all your surfaces from flying tile chips. Cover the centre of the broken tile with masking tape and then use a tile bit to drill in four or five holes. Use a chisel to chip away the middle of the tile and then wedge the chisel under the tile to gently pry it off, piece by piece

2. Clean the space where the broken tile was removed.

Use a grout removing tool to scrape the grout from the edges of the surrounding tiles. Chipping the old glue away with a paint scraper and sweep the area until you can see a dust free and solid surface.

3. Make sure the replacement tile fits properly

Place the replacement tile in place to ensure that it fits properly.

4. Install the new tile

Mix the glue you will be using to a toothpaste consistency. Cover the back of the new tile and then run a notched trowel across it. Place the new tile into the gap and press it down gently, make sure it sits evenly with the other tiles around it. Place masking tape across the tile and  wait for the glue to dry.

5. Grout the replacement tile

The next step is to remove the masking tape. If there are any excess glue in the gaps between the tiles, clean it up with a nylon scraper. Mix the grout, push it into the gaps between the tiles and smoothen it with a grout squeegee. For best results, run the squeegee across the gaps at a 45˚ angle.

6. Clean the excess grout off the tile

Leave the grout to dry for 20 minutes, then use a clean and damp sponge to wipe off the excess. If you are using the squeegee, you will get the best results if you run it across the tile at 45˚ angle. Rinse the sponge after every stroke to keep it clean and also squeeze it out so that it won’t be too wet. You can walk on the tile once the grout has cured for 24 hours.

COMMON PRESSURE WASHER PROBLEMS

A pressure washer is a tool that can be used to clean your property. It can remove graffiti and any unwanted dirt and debris on the side of your home or on the fencing. However, It can only do these when it is working properly. Therefore, it is important to know pressure washing repair and how to troubleshoot the equipment.

1. Low Pressure

Low pressure for a pressure washer is mostly caused by an incorrect or worn out nozzle. Ensure that there is water coming to the equipment properly because a hose going up a hill will delay water pressure from arriving. Worn out or broken nozzles should be replaced as soon as they are discovered.

2. If pressure washer Is running very rough

The number one reason why a pressure washer can start running rougher than usual is if the inlet water is too hot. To get the best results, use cold water. If you aren’t using hot water and everything looks fine, then it’s likely you’ve got mechanical damage within your crankcase and this is not a problem you can generally repair on your own.

3. Leaking Pressure Washer

Worn out seal is one of the most common problems in pressure washer repair. There are several seals distributed throughout the design of the pressure washer and the leakage could be caused by the failure of any of the seals. It is not only water that can leak, oil leaks are also common.

Check your seals at least twice in a year and replace any one that looks worn out. Leaks can also be caused by worn out plungers or packing. This can happen after using the pressure washer for a while. You will need to replace the damaged seals it is the cause for the problem.

4. Pulsating pressure washer

This is mostly caused because of a dirty discharge valve or inlet. Be sure to clean these out thoroughly after using it for 5 to 6 times.

5. Pressure washer not starting

If you have fuel and oil in your pressure washer, the next thing to check is the primer pump. The fuel primer for the engine needs to be pumped 6-7 times on the first start-up of the season and about 3 times for every other start-up.

There are some electric pressure washers that won’t start either. This is usually caused by inadequate power supply attached to the equipment.

Those are the common problems most pressure washer faces, need more detail; just hang around, I will be running another post from an interview with an Internet friend who actually deal on machines used for power washing in St. Louis. he will be highlighting some experience gotten from running a closely related business as our topic