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Here's where we netted out today for master bath remodel: Hardibacker up, tiles up -- minus any grout work/caulking.

Here’s where we netted out today for master bath remodel: Hardibacker up, tiles — errrrr — up — and semi-flush and close to straight. Then ‘the firing’ — so no grouting.

First off, I want to thank you for your ear.

Today was pretty rough.

For the first time in my life, I asked someone not to come back and finish up a job. (It was actually the tiling part of the new tub surround in the master bath.)

Red circles problem with vertical tiling. The white circles around this 'bullnose tile solution.' Which the tile guy said was gonna look good after caulking -- um, no!

Red circles problem with vertical tiling. The white circles a ‘bullnose tile solution,’ which the tile guy said was gonna look good after caulking — um, no!

The work was simply ‘not good enough.’ (I can hear the lyrics, “We’re not gonna take it! No! We’re not gonna take it! We’re not gonna take it anymore!!”)

Here's a close-up of the worst offenders.

Here’s a close-up of the worst offenders. (I mean, really, bullnose tile to create a corner from the tub to the wall…can you say…lazy.)

I guess after you’ve had a master tile guy who views his work as an art and science, you just can’t go back to ‘just OK.’

(There was one part today that fit into the ‘I can’t believe you think I’d accept that’ CATEGORY.)

The best part of today was finding that the niche (that was supposed to go in the wall) was used as a coozie. Nice.)

The best part of today was finding that the niche — that was supposed to go in the wall — was used as a coozie. Nice.

Yes. I got really upset — and I picked up the phone and called the guy’s boss — and George had to get behind me and tell me I was doing the right thing. (Gosh, he was really a saint today.)

I sent photos of the ‘poor work’ to the company and explained where I saw the problems.

We really got spoiled with the tile work in our hallway bath -- so much so George uses it for his photography work. (Photo credit: George Sarris, Model: Kira Michelle)

We really got spoiled with the tile work in our hallway bath — so much so George uses it for photography work. (Photo credit: George Sarris, Model: Kira Michelle)

Then a few hours later we scheduled a master tile guy to come give us an estimate to complete the work.

So, yes, a slight detour, but I feel like we are back on track and we’ll be so much happier. Just a little while longer, just a little while longer.

Happy Remodeling!!

And cheers to those trades folk that do ‘AMAZING’ work. You are rare birds.