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Forum: Professionals' Hangout 10-10-2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 20
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They aren't for the home enthusiast, they are...

They aren't for the home enthusiast, they are pricey machines but the concept is pretty simple. They push or pull a sample and measure the amount of resistance the sample provides to the pushing or...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 10-09-2019, 01:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 468
An unbonded mud bed is the safest bet for this...

An unbonded mud bed is the safest bet for this situation. You may get an uncoupling membrane manufacturer to sign off on it, but I wouldn't have back when I was the one doing the signing. The...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-08-2019, 07:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 214
Kevin has given you some good ones, I agree with...

Kevin has given you some good ones, I agree with everything he said. I spent many years with a grout manufacturer, so my points are from the perspective of someone who has fielded the complaints:
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Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-03-2019, 07:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 320
I'm not familiar with TEC's version but when I...

I'm not familiar with TEC's version but when I was at MAPEI we rolled out Flexcolor 3D. (http://www.mapei.com/US-EN/product-detail.asp?IDTipo=11644&IDLinea=102&IDMacroLinea=0&IDProdotto=2028301965) ...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 08-23-2019, 06:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 273
If the letters "GR" and "ES" are all one word,...

If the letters "GR" and "ES" are all one word, that's the Spanish word for porcelain. You'll see it on a lot of tiles produced in Europe.

I did a Google image search and didn't come up with a...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 08-23-2019, 05:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 506
Ami, can you post any photos showing a full room...

Ami, can you post any photos showing a full room or at least several tiles in a row? I'm curious about the pattern in which the tiles were set.
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 08-06-2019, 01:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 916
I ran the Technical Services department at MAPEI...

I ran the Technical Services department at MAPEI for many years. MAPEI sells Mastic products through big box stores such as Lowes and Floor and Decor so you know they see the worst of the worst as...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 07-31-2019, 11:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 205
I think you know that the finished product isn't...

I think you know that the finished product isn't what it's supposed to be. Travertine like that is designed to be the same thickness so the significant differences in level are all due to the...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 07-31-2019, 11:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 525
As I mentioned, it's a mix of both new US...

As I mentioned, it's a mix of both new US production and sourcing from other countries. I don't have any data from the countries you mention, individually none of them have cracked the top 10 of the...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 07-31-2019, 07:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 525
Having worked my whole career for manufacturers...

Having worked my whole career for manufacturers that supply big box stores, as a general rule their buyers are more tile savvy than you think (although have high turnover in the position) and do try...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 07-31-2019, 07:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 169
Tile can be porcelain and still be red on the...

Tile can be porcelain and still be red on the back. Porcelain just means that it absorbs less than 0.5% moisture when wet. Depending on the type of clay used it can be red, buff (yellowish), or...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 07-15-2019, 07:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 591
Those grout joints are too tight for that size of...

Those grout joints are too tight for that size of tile. Opening them up to 3/16" would have made for a much nicer look overall, the differences in the tiles could have been minimized.
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 06-27-2019, 06:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 755
I was at MAPEI when 3D was being developed. Some...

I was at MAPEI when 3D was being developed. Some rubber cement on the tile faces can also be used instead of tape when you're dealing with 3D surfaces like this glass or many types of stone. A...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 06-14-2019, 08:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 475
I guess I should have made my response clearer,...

I guess I should have made my response clearer, MAPEI's offices are in South Florida (Deerfield Beach) which is why the 5 year test of MAPEI Ultracare Enhancing Plus Stone Sealer...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 06-13-2019, 12:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 475
When I worked for MAPEI, they treated the pavers...

When I worked for MAPEI, they treated the pavers on the sidewalk coming into our headquarters with this:

http://www.mapei.com/public/US/products/2028300665-enhancing-plus-stone-sealer-en.pdf

It...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 05-31-2019, 07:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,106
What you're seeing is the contrast between the...

What you're seeing is the contrast between the grout and the tile. The grout has filled in the holes in the travertine and is sitting in the chiseled areas on the edge as well. While a grout...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 05-31-2019, 06:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 505
I don't know what your pieces would be (to me...

I don't know what your pieces would be (to me they visually look like a soft stone like limestone or travertine), but there is a group that deals with the history of the tile industry called the tile...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 05-30-2019, 10:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 498
Concrete always cracks as it cures. Sometimes...

Concrete always cracks as it cures. Sometimes those cracks go where you want them - for example in a sidewalk where control joints are cut in every 4 feet so the cracks form there. Sometimes those...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 05-28-2019, 12:00 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,935
Aww, thanks Leon, you da man!

Aww, thanks Leon, you da man!
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 05-23-2019, 07:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,043
When I was at MAPEI we tried it with 4 to 1 in...

When I was at MAPEI we tried it with 4 to 1 in the lab and were able to develop reasonably decent compressive strengths. Our lead scientist didn't recommend doing it and if you call MAPEI they won't...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 05-16-2019, 12:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 350
Ultracolor Plus FA would be the most likely...

Ultracolor Plus FA would be the most likely candidate for penny rounds in a steam shower if you're not wanting to go with an epoxy.
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 05-16-2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 661
Thanks Greg, we get many of our employees from...

Thanks Greg, we get many of our employees from Waynesburg and Minerva because we're on the Southeast side of town. If you know anyone looking for a factory job send them our way, we struggle to find...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 05-15-2019, 06:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 503
Ultracolor Plus FA is going to be your best bet...

Ultracolor Plus FA is going to be your best bet for the pebbles/steam shower. Just test it on the glass first, it has a fine aggregate that isn't supposed to scratch but if the glass is very soft it...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 05-15-2019, 05:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 661
Thanks for the warm welcome back! John, sorry...

Thanks for the warm welcome back! John, sorry for the absence at Coverings, I started here on April 1st and there were some issues that needed to be sorted out fairly quickly. E3, you and I have...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 05-15-2019, 05:48 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,935
I would recommend a grout release on the tile...

I would recommend a grout release on the tile prior to grouting, especially if it's a contrasting color grout. The one we sold when I was at MAPEI was this one:...
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