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Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 11-07-2019, 08:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 310
I would suggest reaching out to a setting...

I would suggest reaching out to a setting materials company. All of them have 800 numbers and are used to discussing out of the box installations like you're describing. The keys from my...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 11-07-2019, 07:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 520
Rapid sets were designed for areas like malls...

Rapid sets were designed for areas like malls that have to be returned to service quickly. If that's your situation, a rapid setting mortar would be a great option. Typically for large panels...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 11-06-2019, 09:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 520
From the perspective of a (former) mortar...

From the perspective of a (former) mortar manufacturer, we pretty much assume that if we can keep you off of it overnight, we're doing well. The 24 hour recommendation builds in some extra time for...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 10-10-2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 654
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: 654
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: 8
Views: 439
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:
...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 09-03-2019, 07:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 340
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: 288
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: 531
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: 944
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: 214
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: 538
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: 538
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: 176
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: 607
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: 799
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: 491
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: 491
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: 1,124
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: 523
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: 511
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: 2,004
Aww, thanks Leon, you da man!

Aww, thanks Leon, you da man!
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 05-23-2019, 07:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,080
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: 365
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: 670
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...
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