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Photo Galleries are back! Instructions below.

Dear forum users,
Thank you for your patience with the Photo galleries. We've got your galleries online!
We have finished writing a custom script to migrate the PhotoPlog to vBulletin5’s albums.

Unfortunately V-Bulletin killed the "Photoplogs" in their software upgrade which was unforeseen and we're the first development group to have written a script for getting the galleries back... that said, it took some time to reverse engineer the code and get the albums to move over seamlessly!

Forum users will be able to access their “PhotoPlog” images through their user profile page by clicking on the “Media” tab.
They will also be able to browse other albums by going to the albums page. (On the forum site, there is a link in the black bar beside “Forums” to the albums.)

In order for users to create an album please follow the steps below.
1) Go to user profile page and click “Media”
2) Click Add Photos
3) Enter Photo Gallery Title in the first field
4) Click Upload or Select from Photo Album to add photos
5) Click Post
6) Once posted, the album will be created as a “Topic” on the albums page for the public to see. The topic title will be the “Photo Gallery Title” they created before uploading their photos.

To create this migration path we used vBulletin5’s default album structure. Unfortunately, it won’t work like the “PhotoPlog” but is an album/gallery component on the forum now.
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Counter top advise. Help needed... Please

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  • Counter top advise. Help needed... Please

    Hi guys,

    Has anyone used Travertine as a bench top or know someone who has. I’m in the final stages of building my WFO and am about to tile the counter top. We where going to have a granite top but that blew the budget right out the window. Our local tile outlet recommended travertine tiles which we loved the look of and brought for the oven and a future outdoor kitchen. Once I brought them home and cut the 600mm x 600mm to 300mm x 300mm to make them more manageable I did some research. To my disappointment I have found out that perhaps that it was not a wise choice as it is porous, soft, subject to acid stain from things like lemon juice, tomato, beer and scratching even when sealed.

    Too late to take them back now. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.



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    Re: Counter top advise. Help needed... Please

    I am no expert but I did a tied bench top in a indoor kitchen a few years back and just got a tile/grout sealer and painted that over the lot. Worked well for me. Someone at a good tile shop might be able to tell you what one to use. The one I used was a watery liquid that was invisible after it dried.
    Just my bit
    Last edited by robertjusher; 10-30-2011, 03:50 AM. Reason: can't speell


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      Re: Counter top advise. Help needed... Please

      Hi Rob,

      I was given a sealer and was hoping that it would do the job. My tiles are honed and unfilled. I think I might fill the holes with sand less grout to make it more water tight, does take away from the character of the stone though. Do you get any staining on the travertine; is it as “precious” as everyone makes it out to be?




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        Re: Counter top advise. Help needed... Please

        Travertine is just limestone, so I wouldn't be cleaning it with hydrochloric acid. Travertine weathers reasonably well. The Colosseum is the largest travertine structure in the world today, and while not perfect, it will probably outlast you. Both my office and house floors are travertine.

        You can buy an epoxy for filling the cavities rather than using grout. It looks better and holds up better. Then you should coat it with a penetrating sealer.

        Travertine does have hidden cavities. A very thin layer of stone covers them and the tile may appear completely sound, but if you place a point load on it, the stone will cave in. Probably not an issue for a countertop, but it is for a floor.


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          Re: Counter top advise. Help needed... Please

          Did some research on epoxy and have decided to go with that, thanks azatty. I’ll go and buy a sample pot and try it on one tile. At least now I won’t have to worry about damaging the stone plus it will keep its natural look. I will post some pic’s once I have finished the top. I am just waiting on some decorative moulding to make up the border between the bench top tiles and the rendered base.