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Forum: Professionals' Hangout 10-30-2017, 10:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,810
Posted By PetrH
I've been told Vegas has all kinds of amazing...

I've been told Vegas has all kinds of amazing tile installs in the casinos. But I imagine those are done by companies with 50 guys on their pay roll.

IMO you can set tiles anywhere, so just...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-25-2017, 11:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,571
Posted By PetrH
As others have said: your installers did not use...

As others have said: your installers did not use the wrong mortar. Using LFT mortar would have made the install easier for them, but using versabond is a perfectly acceptable method of installing...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-15-2017, 12:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 993
Posted By PetrH
I have done a couple of hundred tile installs on...

I have done a couple of hundred tile installs on baltic birch type underlayment. There are a couple of brands that are specifically designed for this like powerhold and halex. If you want to add a...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-02-2017, 09:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,217
Posted By PetrH
This is basically reason I charge about 30% more...

This is basically reason I charge about 30% more for glass installs. Whenever possible, the tile should be snapped, this results in the cleanest lines. Everything else I set my blade to cut only...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-02-2017, 09:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,834
Posted By PetrH
The polyurathane grout that you used is very...

The polyurathane grout that you used is very sensitive to water during installation and for about 3 days after. Says right on the bucket not to get it wet for 3 days. Every time you wipe it, you...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-02-2017, 09:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,832
Posted By PetrH
There are some outstanding grout colourants...

There are some outstanding grout colourants available these days. If the grout is in decent shape, do that. Re grouting a whole shower is a tonne of work. Labour wise, it's almost the same as...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-20-2017, 09:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,082
Posted By PetrH
I have been using Alpha Ceramica hand polishing...

I have been using Alpha Ceramica hand polishing pads. The lower grits that are metal alloy/diamond are outstanding. The higher grits that are resin/diamond don't last very long. For larger runs I...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-17-2017, 01:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,044
Posted By PetrH
how about turning the 12x24's the other way so...

how about turning the 12x24's the other way so you have a 14" piece at the door and every other grout line matches.
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-07-2017, 07:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,256
Posted By PetrH
Unfortunately, our deflecto calculators only...

Unfortunately, our deflecto calculators only cover standard floor assemblies. Hard to say how much deflection there is in a T&G 2 by deck. It's your house and your call, worst case you will end up...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-06-2017, 09:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,125
Posted By PetrH
this grout line variation is sometimes necessary...

this grout line variation is sometimes necessary and sometimes just poor workmanship. In my personal oppinion it's not great, but not terrible either. Looks like you're stuck with it, so stop...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-06-2017, 01:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 630
Posted By PetrH
I'm sure the mods will move this to the regular...

I'm sure the mods will move this to the regular forum for you.

1: yes, you can install directly on drywall with a decent modified thinset, I'd go with white to make install easier.
2: Yes, make...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-05-2017, 08:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,076
Posted By PetrH
There is no reason the accent has to be the same...

There is no reason the accent has to be the same thickness as the field tile, you just might have to leave a channel for the glass. You can use Quadeck or stone pencils to outline the strip if the...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 09-05-2017, 07:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,701
Posted By PetrH
makes completely good sense to me, " need to...

makes completely good sense to me, " need to raise the floor 1/2", but the minimum mortar bed thickness is 3/4, let's just glue down some Hardi" Too bad it doesn't work out in the real world. ...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-04-2017, 08:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,482
Posted By PetrH
As you are probably aware already, Ditra requires...

As you are probably aware already, Ditra requires two layers of plywood for stone, regardless of the floor deflection. But what's done is done, now you just have to hope for the best. I always...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-02-2017, 10:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,436
Posted By PetrH
yup totally messed up. The bottom of the cement...

yup totally messed up. The bottom of the cement board is held in place by the mud pan and there should be no screws at all in the bottom 6 inches, let alone the inside of the curb. Phone your...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-02-2017, 10:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,147
Posted By PetrH
Rates vary by region. Also rates for commercial...

Rates vary by region. Also rates for commercial and residential work are not the same. Commercial tile installs tend to be of slightly rougher quality, but also tend to be about 1/2 the price of...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-02-2017, 09:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 725
Posted By PetrH
like others have said, For a DIY I'd recommend no...

like others have said, For a DIY I'd recommend no offset at all. You will get noticeably better results and save at least 30% time. Even a 30% offset requires very flat substrates and a good quality...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-02-2017, 09:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 707
Posted By PetrH
The chances of getting an acceptable match in...

The chances of getting an acceptable match in tile dye lots and grout are pretty slim. I would say keep the shower pan if you can tie in the waterproofing somehow and re-do the rest if budget allows.
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-02-2017, 09:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 725
Posted By PetrH
go to an outfit like granquartz on line to find...

go to an outfit like granquartz on line to find out what's available. There is quite a range of products for the stone guys.
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 09-02-2017, 12:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,358
Posted By PetrH
I always lay all my pebbles individually. IMO...

I always lay all my pebbles individually. IMO it's the only way to keep the sheets from ghosting through. It's a really sharp looking shower, I just don't see why this would have taken any longer...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-02-2017, 12:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 663
Posted By PetrH
the good thing is that mortar cures slowly under...

the good thing is that mortar cures slowly under the Ditra, if it's been down for less than 24 hrs you should be able to just peel it out and gently scrape everything clean.
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-01-2017, 10:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 725
Posted By PetrH
I profile all my stone by hand, using a Makita...

I profile all my stone by hand, using a Makita variable speed wet polisher with dry polishing pads. With a bit of practice, you can get a nice 1/8" round over like what you see on counter tops. ...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 08-26-2017, 10:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,283
Posted By PetrH
you can use your diamond hole saw to cut a hole...

you can use your diamond hole saw to cut a hole in a scrap piece of tile and then use that for a guide. The trick is to start drilling with the drill tilted on a 45 degree angle and very gradually...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 08-23-2017, 07:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,601
Posted By PetrH
allowing for some exaggeration, the story may...

allowing for some exaggeration, the story may well be true. Let's say these guys are young and fit (working like dogs 10 hours a day) and the rooms are fairly large, they could install 300 square...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 08-22-2017, 10:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 583
Posted By PetrH
Also don't waste any time pre-making anything. ...

Also don't waste any time pre-making anything. When the occasion comes up, tell the customer: I have a nice piece of matching marble we could use for that. Then cut and polish to suit.
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