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    How much should I pay per sq metre to lay floor tiles inc. cement, not tiles, I have them already.

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    Pattaya, 180 to 250baht per sq meter.

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    A little higher in BKK, but not by much.

    However, keep in mind that in Thailand cheaper is not always better. Ask for and GO to places they have already tiled.

    I don't know about granite, marble and that type of stuff.

    And Thais say 'met' not metres/meters.
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    Paid 8000B for 44 square meters, including raising the floor , laying piping under it and tiles. Tiles were 25,000. Medium ranged prices. Upper end went for 60K

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    Where do you live , Chippie.

    Up north I pay 100 baht m2 for floor tiling and 140baht m2 for wall tiling, that's just the labour .

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    He only has the tiles Thetyim, so he needs cement etc.
    whoyourdaddy paid 181baht per sq meter.

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    Do make sure they know what they are doing. Lots of cement, and when they take a break go around tapping with a coin to make sure there are no air pockets or absence of cement.

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    Be careful if you are laying Marble or to a less extent Granite. Sometimes the glue or cement can come through to the surface and make the finish look terrible. You need to use a special advesive.
    There are many examples around many buildings where they have used the wrong adhesive and you can see the edge of the tiles are discoloured

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    You have to use cement for marble and granite here as all the Thai marble is differant thickneses, plus the floors are never level to start with.

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    Dirty Dog, fair point, you need to build a sand/cement bed, however I understood for Marble, Particularly the Green and the Gold/Yellow you had to add something (forget the name) between the Sand/Cement and the Marble.

    Give me a day or two and I will remember the adhesive. I remember this situation well as I lost Green Marble decorative inlay because it was on Sand/Cement and I got all this weird colour coming through after a few months.

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    That's caused by rising damp, nought you can do about it now marble is quite porous and stains very easily.

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    I know its certainly is NOT Butyl Mastic - the back silicone stuff. I saw some of that stuff used on a kitchen bench and it was coming through and staining the Marble within the hour.

    I will do some research and find the correct stuff. I had a bathroom floor done in a very nice gold and pink Marble and the tradesman used some special adhesive to stop all the problems buth under and on the surface. Just give me a day or two. The last thing anyone would want is a dirty great stain in the middle of an expensive floor.
    I remember one time I dropped a bottle of Scotch on a Marble floor back home in the UK and that made a stain and also ate away a little of the surface.

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    By chance today I went to a buidling in London clad with pink marble. The areas around the joints were stained very badly where the solvent in the mastic had leached into the marble. Having spent millions of pounds on the building I would be pretty p**ssed off if I were the owner.

    I will try and get a picture tomorrow.
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    I think you will find that the joins in the marble are filled with grout which is slightly reccessed, this will hold water for longer and absorb into the edges of the marble slabs which will then cause staining, not a lot you can do about that hell, even paint and wallpaper wears out

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    hell, even paint and wallpaper wears out
    Is that because people look at it too much ?

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    I had granite floors laid in CM last year. They did a really nice job, perfect. Just used a cement base and laid the tiles whilst it was still wet.

    Charged 100B extra a sq m on top of the tile cost. I used the tile suppliers own people as they obviously would have a lot more experience.

    I had some marble slabs laid in London, cost me about £200 for a days work for 2 people. That was considered cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    I think you will find that the joins in the marble are filled with grout which is slightly reccessed


    They have used a similar sort of silicon mastic to the stuff you put around the bath.

    Here's a picture of the whole building.


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    That is actually granite, also the joins are way too big, if they used silicon based stuff that is acidic, or the opposite of acidic, (cant remember that word) anyway one or the other so that wouldn't be to good, but I think you will find the staining is caused by the rain staying in the ressecced areas for too long and soaking into the slabs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    That is actually granite, also the joins are way too big, if they used silicon based stuff that is acidic, or the opposite of acidic, (cant remember that word) anyway one or the other so that wouldn't be to good, but I think you will find the staining is caused by the rain staying in the ressecced areas for too long and soaking into the slabs.
    It's called 'anti-acidic' dog

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    opposite of acidic
    Alkaline.

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    At least Dougal seems to have had some sort of education it must be quite awful being brought up in Aussie land

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    I bet Poolie is shit hot when it comes to identifying venemous frogs though.

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