I discovered a hairline crack in my tile one day that appeared to run the length of the house, which suggested my foundation was falling apart. I didn’t realize that all foundations can be expected to have superficial cracks even in homes as young as 2 years old. Mine is much older than that. I didn’t know that some people live with cracks in their tile all over their house. I would not have had a problem being one of those people, but I was not aware cracks are often a non-issue.
I should have at the onset had a foundation company out to check things out; I would have been happy to leave the crack there. Because I knew none-of-the-above, I believed I needed to remove the tile in order to look at the foundation directly. Thus, began a mountain of work. A wood chisel, roofing crobar, a proper mason’s tile chisel, and finally this power chisel from Home Depot: were the tools used to get more tile and thinset up. It was at this point that I had the foundation inspection that told me things were ok. It was at this point time to install new tile and restore function to my living areas. I could not find tile that exactly matched what I already had, but settled upon something I think works very well. Getting all pieces in position, making needed cuts, etc. without gluing them down was a big job. The biggest day was the one involving mixing thinset, which is basically fine concrete without sand or rocks. I lay all my tile pieces down, micro inspecting the positions they would hold for the rest of their "lives". Installing the grout came a few days after that. All of this halted music production for about a month or two, but I am happy the job is completed. Most of all, I am glad I kept costs low by DOING IT ALL MYSELF.