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Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 01-22-2021, 12:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 232
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: 4
Views: 121
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: 232
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: 20
Views: 516
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...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 12-30-2020, 08:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 241
I would suggest giving MAPEI a call. I know they...

I would suggest giving MAPEI a call. I know they handle calls about 'unique' installations like this frequently and have a line of Marine products for boats, seems like they should be able to steer...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 12-30-2020, 08:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 343
If the tile was secure, well bonded, and flat I'd...

If the tile was secure, well bonded, and flat I'd initially say it would be a good candidate for ECO Prim Grip and a decent mortar like Ultraflex LFT. Unfortunately the fact that some of the tiles...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 12-08-2020, 07:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 285
I've made tile, imported tile, and dealt with...

I've made tile, imported tile, and dealt with tile-related complaints for 30 years and can honestly say this is a first for me. Glazed porcelain shouldn't smell. They could have a wax coating of...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 12-01-2020, 10:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 488
When I used to work for MAPEI we referred to this...

When I used to work for MAPEI we referred to this as a 'Frankensystem', a mix of various products from various vendors usually done to address a variety of problems. Unfortunately it can also lead...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 11-17-2020, 01:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 450
Depends on what is under this shower. If it's an...

Depends on what is under this shower. If it's an on-grade slab you can likely use it as-is without consequences. If it's a shower over occupied space, chances are good that you'll start to see a...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 11-16-2020, 12:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 450
I think if you do remove those tiles, you're...

I think if you do remove those tiles, you're likely to find some sort of metal fastener under them, most likely a screw or staple. I hope I'm wrong because there isn't any positive to having a screw...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-07-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,898
In the inimitable words of MAPEI's Sam Biondo "We...

In the inimitable words of MAPEI's Sam Biondo "We don't make one sided mortar." If the mortar stuck to the floor but not the tile that means the the mortar wasn't sticky when you placed the tile on...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-01-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 320
Do you have any pictures showing the areas that...

Do you have any pictures showing the areas that didn't drain completely? If they are small (quarter size), it's probably not going to impact the performance of your system. If they are larger...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 08-04-2020, 09:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,419
This is accurate, tile with lugs is difficult to...

This is accurate, tile with lugs is difficult to make and as production has switched to China and now India, increasingly difficult to find. The lugs get glaze on them and have to be cleaned as they...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 08-03-2020, 12:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 603
If I was a betting man, I would bet that they...

If I was a betting man, I would bet that they used this grout in the corners as well as the grout joint instead of using silicone in the corners. As the shower is used, it heats up and the grout...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 06-23-2020, 07:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,598
I haven't been able to find any specs on it. I'm...

I haven't been able to find any specs on it. I'm attaching a photo of the product with the 'Made in China' sticker and also what the display says about it which isn't a lot. The price seems...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 06-19-2020, 06:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 644
Certified contractors have taken a test to...

Certified contractors have taken a test to demonstrate that they understand the standards for tile installation. This link can steer you to a list of certified contractors near you:
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Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 06-19-2020, 06:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 353
CX makes a good point but I will weigh in on a...

CX makes a good point but I will weigh in on a few of your questions. I haven't worked with the Spectralock 1 but it seems like you're comparing it to the Flexcolor CQ with which I'm very familiar. ...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 05-26-2020, 12:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,327
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: 28
Views: 2,472
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: Professionals' Hangout 05-04-2020, 11:04 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,666
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: 1,173
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: 747
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: 404
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: 647
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: 42
Views: 3,579
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...
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