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Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 05-26-2020, 12:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 775
Click together vinyl flooring isn't waterproof. ...

Click together vinyl flooring isn't waterproof. If you do go that route for your bathroom, make sure to use waterproofing of some sort under it. I put together a blog post on these claims if you...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 05-05-2020, 07:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 624
OK, I'm a former MAPEI Tech Rep so my advice is...

OK, I'm a former MAPEI Tech Rep so my advice is unbiased :) The Grout Maximizer product is actually very effective at sealing the grout so you don't have to seal it afterwards. In my 6 years of...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 05-04-2020, 11:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 680
The marketing on Spectralock 1 has me a little...

The marketing on Spectralock 1 has me a little worried. It is claiming to have the same performance as Epoxy and to meet the A118.3 requirements but it is showing compliance with the strength and...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 04-29-2020, 10:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 560
If it's well adhered you could potentially go...

If it's well adhered you could potentially go over it without removal. Because you're on concrete, deflection shouldn't be an issue. You would want to scuff up the surface with a coarse sanding...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 04-29-2020, 10:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 491
Welcome Jason! I didn't get a chance to 'talk'...

Welcome Jason! I didn't get a chance to 'talk' to you on Friday's Tech Services virtual happy hour but I've heard good things. Glad to see you on the JB Forum, it's a good group of guys. Let me...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 04-14-2020, 09:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 282
Hi Jim, call MAPEI at 800-992-6273 and ask to...

Hi Jim, call MAPEI at 800-992-6273 and ask to talk to their wood flooring specialist. He's a good guy with a lot of practical advice. If you can't get help that way, send me a private message.
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 04-02-2020, 07:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 432
If you spray the grout with a spray bottle of...

If you spray the grout with a spray bottle of water, does it become the right color? If so, you should be able to clean off the white haze. MAPEI makes a cement grout haze remover that is pretty...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-26-2020, 11:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,596
Sealants are beneficial for stones, tiles, and...

Sealants are beneficial for stones, tiles, and grout with high porosity. Marble, travertine, and limestone are the typical stones that benefit from sealing because the pores can trap dirt and...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 03-23-2020, 07:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,141
Jim, you asked this (sorry, I've never been able...

Jim, you asked this (sorry, I've never been able to figure out the quote function on here): "The video I saw shows that it's much harder than Fusion or Flexcolor. Does harder = better? It might."
...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 03-18-2020, 12:16 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,672
As many of you anticipated, Coverings has been...

As many of you anticipated, Coverings has been cancelled:
...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-13-2020, 01:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 226
Sealing marble isn't a mistake, but using it for...

Sealing marble isn't a mistake, but using it for that application might be. White marble in particular is like a sponge and prone to discoloration from moisture that doesn't fully drain around the...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-09-2020, 12:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 502
Most of the A118.7 grouts today use a smaller...

Most of the A118.7 grouts today use a smaller aggregate than sand so they can go into smaller grout joints without the sand wedging into the gap and making it hard to get grout down into the joint. ...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-09-2020, 12:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 886
Having lived in Florida for many years, it's...

Having lived in Florida for many years, it's difficult to find someone that is going to do all of the projects you've lumped together flawlessly. You want tile work and vinyl flooring and carpentry...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 03-09-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,141
I saw the 'coming soon' at Laticrete's Total...

I saw the 'coming soon' at Laticrete's Total Solutions booth and have seen some advertisements for it. Laticrete has tried a couple of times to get into the 'ready-to-use' segment (Plasma was their...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-06-2020, 01:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,073
Yes, what you are describing is the most likely...

Yes, what you are describing is the most likely culprit. Having an open joint at the top of the piece with water under pressure hitting that grout joint will lead to water getting behind the tile. ...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-25-2020, 11:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,596
Sterling, you may have to use a sealant stripper...

Sterling, you may have to use a sealant stripper first but chances are pretty good the epoxy grout haze remover will remove both the sealer and the grout haze. As CX pointed out, acidic cleaners...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-24-2020, 10:11 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,596
Just for context, I worked for MAPEI when...

Just for context, I worked for MAPEI when Flexcolor CQ came out and the instructions were written. The reason it's not recommended for pebbles is because it's difficult to keep the water from...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-21-2020, 02:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 751
Yes, the piece in your picture is Potter's Touch....

Yes, the piece in your picture is Potter's Touch. They discontinued that line back when I worked there in the 90's. They do have a wall tile with an undulated surface called Retroclassique:
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Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-19-2020, 08:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 433
For the areas you describe, you would be better...

For the areas you describe, you would be better off with a travertine-look porcelain tile. There are many of them out there. Travertine itself is soft and prone to wear, scratching, and developing...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-03-2020, 02:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,357
Sorry I haven't checked back in on your thread...

Sorry I haven't checked back in on your thread since commenting. Tile mortar should not have been used to build up an inch and a half of floor over hardwood. If that's what is there, you can start...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-29-2020, 08:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,357
It's not the job of the tile, mortar, and grout...

It's not the job of the tile, mortar, and grout to waterproof the shower. While there are instances when tile over tile is accepted, it relies on a rock-solid existing install for that to work. If...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 01-23-2020, 11:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 415
There are both product and installation standards...

There are both product and installation standards for gauged porcelain tiles/panels. They've been combined into one document by ANSI and it's available through the TCNA:
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Forum: Professionals' Hangout 01-20-2020, 09:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 902
If you're asking the purpose of the tape, it...

If you're asking the purpose of the tape, it helps to keep cracks from telegraphing up from the backer board seams through the mortar and tile. In almost every case that cracks appear over the...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-20-2020, 08:55 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,143
Most self leveling underlayments will require a...

Most self leveling underlayments will require a primer of some sort, make sure to follow the directions to get a good bond to your existing substrate.

The tiles themselves are made by a large, US...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-07-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 991
I saw recently that 'remediating' old tile due to...

I saw recently that 'remediating' old tile due to lead is a thing. In my opinion, it's a dumb thing. The lead in old tile glazes is tied up in a glassy matrix of the glaze. It was a small (5% or...
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