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L.R.Puckett Jr.
10-09-2006, 01:17 PM
The guy I apprenticed under never used a movement joint anywhere on his floors. This is over post-tension slabs and he buttes the tile up against all baseboards. In a 45 year career in the tile biz he only had a problem with one job where the tile buckled. So my question is this: Is it really worth the extra time and exspense on large floors? Personally I cut to the baseboard but leave a 1/8" gap and then caulk the perimeter joints. Somtimes I just wonder if its worth the extra trouble.

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10-09-2006, 04:44 PM
amazing ! lack of joints is the number one cause of failure and in 45 years only one failure! the old "rather be lucky then good"!

John Bridge
10-09-2006, 04:52 PM
Geez, I'm glad I'm out of the flooring business. I was never that lucky. ;)

L.R.Puckett Jr.
10-09-2006, 07:50 PM
I didnt mean that he only had one problem ever. Plenty of cracked tile I replaced but the concrete was always cracked under the tile so you cant really blame that on lack of movement joints. Can you?

10-09-2006, 08:25 PM
More often loose,hollow, tented,chipped,cracked.