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Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-14-2021, 01:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 160
Agreed, it's not so much that the color will...

Agreed, it's not so much that the color will bleed into the grout (although that's possible) but that you'll be able to read every piece where there is a thin line of mortar and then the grout. A...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-14-2021, 01:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 240
I have to agree with the others that have weighed...

I have to agree with the others that have weighed in. Likely it was installed with an un-modified mortar that hasn't done well in the freeze-thaw conditions of Chicago. Having the metal lip there...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-23-2021, 01:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 261
Chances are they'll be very close in price. The...

Chances are they'll be very close in price. The double loaded tile uses more expensive materials while the 'semi-polished' glazed tile requires an extra finishing step.
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 08-12-2021, 10:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 673
Novoplan Easy Plus...

Novoplan Easy Plus (https://www.mapei.com/us/en-us/products-and-solutions/products/detail/novoplan-easy-plus) is going to give you a longer working time, it should be fine for what you're wanting to...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 08-12-2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 240
Back when I worked for a company that sold metal...

Back when I worked for a company that sold metal accent tiles, we recommended that they be set with epoxy mortar. The metal expands and contracts quite a bit more than tile when it gets warm or...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 08-12-2021, 07:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 267
I used to run Tech Services for MAPEI - what...

I used to run Tech Services for MAPEI - what their technical service reps told you is accurate. Keep in mind that by using it as mortar and grout with pebbles that have large voids between them, you...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 08-03-2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 486
I will second the Flexcolor CQ in Avalanche...

I will second the Flexcolor CQ in Avalanche color. It's less expensive than the Laticrete version and it has a longer track record. I used it in my house and my wife loved it.

(Disclaimer, I...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 07-30-2021, 12:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,403
1/16" is going to be too tight, even if they are...

1/16" is going to be too tight, even if they are rectified. I would highly recommend at least 1/8".
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 07-21-2021, 07:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 472
The quick answer is yes, you can install this on...

The quick answer is yes, you can install this on your floor and it will hold up as long as you don't have big voids in the mortar below it. I wouldn't recommend the Ditra for this installation since...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 06-29-2021, 12:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 474
Everything you mentioned sounds like it should...

Everything you mentioned sounds like it should have held well. Some possibilities:

* Slab heat wasn't turned off or someone turned it on
* Tiles stored in the garage or on a porch were still hot...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 06-21-2021, 07:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 501
It looks like I'm too late to change the outcome...

It looks like I'm too late to change the outcome here but I did want to say that the right solution would be silicone in the change of plane. There are color matches for just about every grout color...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 06-18-2021, 10:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 585
Ultracolor Plus FA would work fine in that...

Ultracolor Plus FA would work fine in that situation. Keracolor U would be fine if you're using a light color, if you're going for a dark gray or black color I would recommend the UCP FA.
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 06-18-2021, 10:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 287
When I worked at a previous employer and we had...

When I worked at a previous employer and we had slip issues come up, we were able to satisfy most of them with this product:
...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 05-17-2021, 01:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 354
The larger grout manufacturers make grout...

The larger grout manufacturers make grout specific to the larger grout joints typical of saltillo installations. Here is one:
...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 05-03-2021, 08:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 924
I have a Ceramic Engineering degree (yes, that's...

I have a Ceramic Engineering degree (yes, that's a thing even if my wife is dubious) and have made ceramic tile of various types for 30+ years now at some of the largest tile companies in the US. In...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 04-29-2021, 06:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,165
I used to run the technical services department...

I used to run the technical services department at MAPEI so I have a few years of experience with this product. Flexcolor CQ is an acrylic-based grout. It cures by exposure to air hardening the...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-22-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 762
Ultracolor Plus FA is the go-to grout for Floor...

Ultracolor Plus FA is the go-to grout for Floor and Decor and Lowes so lots of DIYers have used it successfully. Buy the 10 pound bags and start with mixing half the bag (with half the water) if...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-04-2021, 07:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 468
I used to import marble, limestone, and...

I used to import marble, limestone, and travertine for Florida Tile. In my experience, marble doesn't typically have fossils for the reasons others have pointed out, but it does start life as less...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 02-19-2021, 02:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 405
White epoxy is the most likely culprit to yellow....

White epoxy is the most likely culprit to yellow. Other colors can fade. When installation products companies develop their epoxy grouts, they test them for accelerated UV exposure. There are...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 02-17-2021, 11:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 724
I was with MAPEI when they were developing...

I was with MAPEI when they were developing Flexcolor 3D (https://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=122769) and it can certainly do what you're thinking of doing with less fuss than shown...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-10-2021, 08:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,402
Since there may be others reading this thread who...

Since there may be others reading this thread who want to avoid this issue, keep in mind that subway tiles are typically much higher in porosity than porcelain tiles. If you grout them with a grout...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-22-2021, 12:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 632
CX, a few years ago I lobbied the Handbook...

CX, a few years ago I lobbied the Handbook committee to implement a steeper slope for pebble and irregularly shaped shower floors (1/2" in 12 instead of 1/4") but it didn't gain a lot of traction. ...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-22-2021, 12:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 401
Assuming your wall is square, that's not an...

Assuming your wall is square, that's not an acceptable corner piece. I would suggest taking it back and seeing if they have some that are square. With that said, filling the gap with a large and...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-18-2021, 10:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 632
I know Holden from MAPEI gave you the straight...

I know Holden from MAPEI gave you the straight answer but I'll fill in some color since I was working at MAPEI while CQ was being developed. The reason we didn't recommend it for pebbles at the time...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-14-2021, 11:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,706
Ultracolor Plus FA (FA stands for 'fine...

Ultracolor Plus FA (FA stands for 'fine aggregate') from MAPEI has a smaller aggregate that is softer than typical sand found in sanded grout. It can still bridge those large grout joints but is...
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