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Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 10-07-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,790
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: 257
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: 1,040
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: 495
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: 1,144
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: 522
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: 255
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: 1,125
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: 1,999
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: Tile Forum/Advice Board 05-04-2020, 11:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,819
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: 997
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: 653
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: 351
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: 559
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: 3,036
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...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 03-23-2020, 07:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,857
Jim, you asked this (sorry, I've never been able...

Jim, you asked this (sorry, I've never been able to figure out the quote function on here): "The video I saw shows that it's much harder than Fusion or Flexcolor. Does harder = better? It might."
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Forum: Professionals' Hangout 03-18-2020, 12:16 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,615
As many of you anticipated, Coverings has been...

As many of you anticipated, Coverings has been cancelled:
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Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-13-2020, 01:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 329
Sealing marble isn't a mistake, but using it for...

Sealing marble isn't a mistake, but using it for that application might be. White marble in particular is like a sponge and prone to discoloration from moisture that doesn't fully drain around the...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-09-2020, 12:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 657
Most of the A118.7 grouts today use a smaller...

Most of the A118.7 grouts today use a smaller aggregate than sand so they can go into smaller grout joints without the sand wedging into the gap and making it hard to get grout down into the joint. ...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-09-2020, 12:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,150
Having lived in Florida for many years, it's...

Having lived in Florida for many years, it's difficult to find someone that is going to do all of the projects you've lumped together flawlessly. You want tile work and vinyl flooring and carpentry...
Forum: Professionals' Hangout 03-09-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,857
I saw the 'coming soon' at Laticrete's Total...

I saw the 'coming soon' at Laticrete's Total Solutions booth and have seen some advertisements for it. Laticrete has tried a couple of times to get into the 'ready-to-use' segment (Plasma was their...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 03-06-2020, 01:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,366
Yes, what you are describing is the most likely...

Yes, what you are describing is the most likely culprit. Having an open joint at the top of the piece with water under pressure hitting that grout joint will lead to water getting behind the tile. ...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-25-2020, 11:23 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,036
Sterling, you may have to use a sealant stripper...

Sterling, you may have to use a sealant stripper first but chances are pretty good the epoxy grout haze remover will remove both the sealer and the grout haze. As CX pointed out, acidic cleaners...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-24-2020, 10:11 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,036
Just for context, I worked for MAPEI when...

Just for context, I worked for MAPEI when Flexcolor CQ came out and the instructions were written. The reason it's not recommended for pebbles is because it's difficult to keep the water from...
Forum: Tile Forum/Advice Board 02-21-2020, 02:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 968
Yes, the piece in your picture is Potter's Touch....

Yes, the piece in your picture is Potter's Touch. They discontinued that line back when I worked there in the 90's. They do have a wall tile with an undulated surface called Retroclassique:
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