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Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-04-2016, 07:04 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,814
Posted By jcsa
Floor Heating

I would check your floor heating for continuity after the tile removal. You need to establish that that is good. You can test it with a ohms meter. The label will give you what your ohms should be...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-19-2016, 07:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,820
Posted By jcsa
Installation

If the installer says they came in the box that way, he could have pointed it out so you would know upfront, even before the tile was installed. Then you could make an educated decision on to proceed...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 07-24-2016, 08:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,558
Posted By jcsa
Committee

I am on that committee as well. There are numerous possibilities, but no defined solutions. Each case seems to be different in some nature. There are the greatest minds in the industry trying to...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 07-15-2016, 06:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,805
Posted By jcsa
Ntca

Sam,
Joining the NTCA was the best check i have ever written for my business. I have been a member since 1985. The benefits are tremendous. It is the only tile contracting association in the US...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 06-29-2016, 06:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,914
Posted By jcsa
Pricing

Here is a very good article from Michael Stone. He wrote the book Markup and Profit. Here is his article that might help you in your decision making....
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 06-27-2016, 10:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,230
Posted By jcsa
Mud Walls

Mud walls on the larger homes gives us an edge. Some of these showers we work on, you have a difficult time using a cement board. It is a continual education process to the buyer. Yes Brad things are...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 06-24-2016, 04:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,914
Posted By jcsa
references

Have you checked their references? There is a saying if the price is too good to be be true it generally is. The higher company may have employees, the second sub contractors. If you keep looking...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 06-24-2016, 04:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,230
Posted By jcsa
Tilesetter

When i finally find someone, and we will, my goal is to reprogram them not retrain them. I am looking for the number two or three man that is overlooked and feels he may be slighted and wants to feel...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 06-24-2016, 05:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,230
Posted By jcsa
Team

Thanks Bubba,
I guess everyone is busy. It has been very difficult to find any takers. We have put adds in warehouses trying to get some attention. I have talked to a couple of guys and...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 06-21-2016, 11:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,230
Posted By jcsa
Tilesetter Position

We are looking for a tilesetter to join our award winning team. We are located in San Antonio, Texas. There may be some lurkers out there, send me a pm if you are interested. I can give some more...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 06-01-2016, 06:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,307
Posted By jcsa
Tenting

I get a lot of calls of the loose tiles and some floors that have tented. Tenting is when the tiles move inward and buckle causing them to rise to a peak. This is always an indication of the lack of...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 05-25-2016, 03:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 783
Posted By jcsa
Saltillo on Driveway

Colleen,
We are in the heart of Saltillo world here in San Antonio Texas. I have set thousands of feet of this material. Some things to think about before installing Saltillo. First it is a...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 05-11-2016, 03:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,185
Posted By jcsa
Tape

Like everyone else has stated, it is important to know if the tiles are paper mounted or mesh mounted. The challenge will be if the glue turns loose from the tile. There is a product called tile...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 04-23-2016, 10:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,116
Posted By jcsa
TIlesetter

That's fine Jim. It was good seeing you at Covering's.
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 04-22-2016, 12:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,116
Posted By jcsa
Tilesetter wanted- San Antonio area

Just wanted to put this out there. We are looking for a great tilesetter to join our team. we are picking up work and need a full time tilesetter to add on. Send me a PM if you are interested for...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 04-12-2016, 11:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,222
Posted By jcsa
Installation Showcase

I will be at the Installation Showcase once again. Come by to say hello. I will make the rounds also. The showcase theme this year is about Commercial settings, Bar, Boutique, Hotel Lobby and Spa. ...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 04-05-2016, 09:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,619
Posted By jcsa
Bid

You need to understand we are in a cost based business. Things like overhead, labor costs, material costs, markup, profit are things you need to understand before giving a price. So many guys get...
Forum: The Mud Box 03-10-2016, 06:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,376
Posted By jcsa
Coverings

I will be there. Still coordinating the Installation Showcase. Come by and say hi if you get a chance. It will also be my first ANSI meeting, being a member. Hope to see some familiar faces. John...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 02-07-2016, 09:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,725
Posted By jcsa
Cement

We have only used it with cement based grouts. I have not experimented with urethane's or epoxy based grouts. If you use acrylics, they are not going to hold up. Some cleaners actually accelerate...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 02-06-2016, 10:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,725
Posted By jcsa
Groutmatch

We use Groutmatch 100% silicone caulk on every one of our jobs.
Every change of plain gets caulked. As per EJ171 TCNA handbook.
It is a permanent fix to matching grout, no matter who the...
Forum: The Mud Box 12-30-2015, 09:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,566
Posted By jcsa
Article

John,
I was as much surprised as anyone about the article. No one from the NTCA told me it would be in the magazine. It was an entry we had submitted for Tileletter awards a few years ago. It...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 12-04-2015, 07:16 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,843
Posted By jcsa
Markup and profit

You might look into purchasing Michael Stone's Markup and Profit books. His books explain business very well. To understand what you charge you need to know what your costs are. We do not charge by...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 11-21-2015, 12:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,854
Posted By jcsa
Meetings

Jim- Yes Both meetings are open to the the trades. You will be seated as a guest. We encourage you to come to understand more about what the NTCA does. You will be required to sign a...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 11-13-2015, 06:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,716
Posted By jcsa
Elk

How well i know CX that the critters are on the winning end of the spectrum.
After 35 years there are more misses than hits. That is the allure in going every year on " My once in a lifetime annual...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 11-12-2015, 03:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,716
Posted By jcsa
Ring

Here are pictures of the Ring. Pretty cool! I just returned from an Elk hunt where the Elk won. So i have not had interweb service. Thanks again for your kind remarks. Sincerely John Cox
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