I have a love/hate relationship with cement/concrete. It’s a super great invention, used by humans for 1000’s of years. I think it is the most prevelantly used construction product, by tonnage.
But, the stuff is sort of dangerous, in the wrong hands. And yesterday, my hands were just those.
I’ve had issues with concrete ever since I first used it. Originally, I wouldn’t wear a proper mask with I was mixing the water in, so I would breathe some of the powder. That powder would chemically react with the water in my lungs and burn them. I would eventually end up with Strep throat.
Yesterday, I didn’t have that issue. I exposed my hands to the wet grout so long that it literally burned the skin off the tips of my fingers. And let me say, you don’t want to do this. Especially if you plan to use your fingers to lay more tile, or even just type.
I am kind of surprised by the whole occurrence, I’m pretty sure I’ve exposed my bare skin to cement longer than this before. I think it might have something to do with an additive I used with the grout that makes it water resistant from the get-go. It must have been pretty bad, because my finger skin is pretty thick. I guess the chemical reaction can get worse and worse. I’m thinking this is going to get worse before it gets better.
I finished up the shower and we decided to lay another floor in Vincent’s new downstairs office. It was porcelain tile that is made to look like wood. It went pretty quick, only took a couple hours after we got going. It is sort of weird that with two of us working, it seems like it went more than twice as fast. Probably just a time perception, but whatever the reason, it was quick and painless.
The upside to all this is I plan to do a lot more concrete stuff later in the future and I learned a lesson here. Hopefully it wasn’t too hard of a lesson.
I think I might try to grout the floor when I’m done with this. I’ve been wearing gloves with Vaseline type stuff covering my finger tips. It is pretty painful. Maybe I’ll wait for Vincent before I start this. It might not work so well.