Now, this wasn’t my first tile-exploding experience. In fact one could say that I have become quite the professional in dealing with shoddy tile work in Cancun.My last apartment had tile- volcanoes (an expression that I like to think that I coined) popping up almost everday until almost all of our dining-room and living-room floor was more like a mine field rather than a home.In our next apartment (our current home) which we own…so no more being able to call a landlord and having them fix it on their dime…we have had our walk-in closet erupt as well as an area below the stairs that leads to our upper half-floor.So,this kid has been around the block a few times. Why does this keep happening you ask? Let me enlighten you. When one lays tile one should make sure that there is enough tile grout between each individual tile so that as floors “flex”, as they tend to do especially in warmer climates, there is enough space between the tiles to withstand the pressure.If there is not enough grout you will get tile-volcanoes! You would think that if I,a simple layman or laywoman,understand this concept then someone who dedicates their life to laying tile would know this too! Apparently not!
So what comes next? A trip to Interceramic where we try to match our current tile with what we already have or in this case find something that goes with our current colour scheme since they have stopped making our particular tiles years ago. After much discussion we settled on some tiles and put our order in for that day. Of course, we really only needed 1 box plus 4 more tiles for the job but Interceramic only sells by the box. We went back at 3pm to pick them up as they had to order them from Puerto Morelos and surprise surprise they sent the wrong colour. After arguing with the salesgirl for what seemed like an eternity, as anyone who lives in Mexico knows- the client is always wrong, we finally decided that we would go to Puerto Morelos and pick them up.
We now had our tiles and we had an albanil (workman) ready to work. Cesar had taped huge black plastic bags in our dining-room entrances to help combat the dust that would be flying around as Lorenzo, our albanil, banged away at our old tiles in order to remove them. Long story short dust was flying everywhere and the noise felt like chinese water torture as he chipped away for hours and hours. He laid the tiles and and we made sure that he put enough grout in between each one. Two and a half days and 2000 pesos later (around $170CDN) we finally have our house back to normal until the next tile-volcano explosion.
I must mention that Lorenzo did a great job and arrived on time everyday..very rare. If you need a reliable handyman let me know.
Tell me about your home repair experiences.Have you had tile-volcanoes?