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    Grout in the joints.

    Last Monday was a holiday in Argentina, and I spent most of it replacing the (grout) between the bathroom tiles.

    I've been doing some Internet search and I believe I'm right in calling the mortar-thingy I used grout, and the interstices between the tiles joints.

    Could anyone confirm this or correct me?

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    Re: Grout in the joints.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedwig View Post
    Last Monday was a holiday in Argentina, and I spent most of it replacing the (grout) between the bathroom tiles.

    I've been doing some Internet search and I believe I'm right in calling the mortar-thingy I used grout, and the interstices between the tiles joints.

    Could anyone confirm this or correct me?
    The white stuff that you use to fill the spaces between tiles is certainly called "grout". And having now done some research of my own, I can confirm that the spaces between tiles are indeed called "joints".

    You learn something new every day.

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    Re: Grout in the joints.

    Thank you both.
    And I'll be re-doing part of it next week-end, J&K, because I didn't do such a neat job. But now I've got experience, which I didn't have on Monday.

    Edit: I'm sure there was another answer by J&K Tutoring but now I'ts disappeared.

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    Re: Grout in the joints.

    Second emsr2d2's confirmation and will add that, in the US, the word grout can also be used as a verb:

    I spent the weekend grouting the tiles in my bathroom.

    Tradesman to homeowner: "I'll come back tomorrow to grout the tiles."
    He might also use the term 'grout in' to mean the same thing.

    Don't forget to apply a sealer to the grout!

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    Re: Grout in the joints.

    Oh, I see. You deleted your first post and wrote another one. So I'm not going mental.

    Thanks for the further information--grout as a verb.

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    Re: Grout in the joints.

    "To grout" means the same in BrE. I'm rubbish at grouting!

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    Re: Grout in the joints.

    Hedwig-
    Yeah, that's the trouble with this kind of job. It requires experience to do a good job, but of course you don't have experience until after the job's done...

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    Re: Grout in the joints.

    Experience is what you know today that you needed to know yesterday.

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    Re: Grout in the joints.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Experience is what you know today that you needed to know yesterday.
    Or, as someone else once put it, it's a comb you get when you've grown bald.

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