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Unread 12-09-2006, 04:17 PM   #1
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F%#$&@%$#@$# EasyMat!!!!

Now that I have your attention. Today, I had the pleasure of installing Easy Mat. Unfortunately, I wasn't near a major roadway, and couldn't relieve my pain by stepping in front of a transport truck.

Seriously....is this some sort of joke Custom has come up with?

I had the peel and stick roll today, since it's all HD sells here, and it was impossible to un-roll. It was ridicules. I fought with this thing most of the day. 32 sq ft of cold rolled steel would not take most of the day. I wish I took pictures....of me lying on top of the thing after I got it rolled out, just to keep it from rolling back up into a tube again. I finally had to cut it to 4 ft lengths, just to be able to control it. I put 2 coats of primer over the plywood, and waited for it to tack up(30 minutes) Then I tried the first piece. First of all, it's rolled the wrong way to follow the directions. There is no way to roll it back wards. I finally got the backing off and put the pieces in place. I walked on it, rubbed it down with my float(like Ditra) and even rolled it with my small terrazzo roller that I had on the truck. Finally! Time to lay some tile. Uhh...no.....it was curling on the floor. The stuff had such a memory curl from the roll, that it was releasing around the edges of the material and would not stay down. I got really PO'd, called RobZ...complained to him until he wasn't paying attention anymore....and then stapled the hell out of it.

After all that, I must say, it was a really nice surface to tile over. I'll let you know next week when it all comes loose, and I start again with Ditra.
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Unread 12-09-2006, 04:28 PM   #2
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Nobody told you to quit using Ditra, you cheap . . . .

Bri, what was the temperature up there that day?
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Unread 12-09-2006, 04:31 PM   #3
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Cold. But the roll was in the house overnight. And it was warm in the house. HD, want 3 bucks a foot for Ditra. Bunch of crooks.(no, I didn't have any)
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What do they sell it for at Tile Masters? That's in Aurora, isn't it?


Bri, I'll be pulling through there next fall. I'll look you up.
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Unread 12-09-2006, 05:12 PM   #5
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Bri, I'll be pulling through there next fall. I'll look you up.
Holy Batpookie...............JB's Coming North????? Falls Really Nice here too John, It lasts about 3 days from sept 1 through the 4th............Indian Summer hits in october around the 12th and lasts about 10 hours............In this country, Timing is Everything

Bri , Good to hear from you even though it was a Rant...................I gave up on believeing any & all claims by manufacturers until i actually use a product.

Sounds like your experience was not too favorable............Maybe you should try again tomorrow

Ive got Dave Taylors number and he'll sell you Ditra alot cheaper than 3 bucks a s/f (you sure that wasnt priced per Lineal Foot??) Around here the 50 foot rolls at HD are at 1.29 a s/f.................Local shop gives me a real deal..........Only 1.73 a S?F if I buy the full 325 s/f Rolls
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Great You can join the Ontario Tile Steak and Beer fest when you come up.



But....have you ever heard of the Easymat being so difficult to use? I can't imagine a DIY'r having any luck at all. In fact, I see a lot of failures in the future if they don't fix this.

Todd...the 50 ft roll of Ditra was $149.99. That is nuts.

Yes, I can get it cheaper from Tilemaster....but that's a 3 hr drive for me.
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I've yet to hear anyone else even report having used it, Bri. Don't know what to tell you about the stuff.

That Ditra price is less than a buck a square foot. Don't think that's considered high hereabouts.
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Cx, that roll has 50 sq ft on it....it's not 50 ft long.
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That, of course, is a horse of a different feather.

You can buy it for less than half that from Tile Experts and have it delivered to your doorstep. You ever look into that?
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I have to find my camera. The circle I cut out for the toilet flange has now rapped it's self up and it looks like a canolli.
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Todd...the 50 ft roll of Ditra was $149.99. That is nuts.
Thats Mis-priced Bri.............tell them to call the home office and get it straightened out PRONTO thats over 230% Higher than the home depot here for the same roll.


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Have you called Custom about it yet, Bri?

I'd like to hear their response.
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No I haven't CX...I was hoping that someone around here had some sort of knowledge about the stuff....since I see it advertised on the top of this page.

I do have my local Custom reps card in my truck somewhere.....maybe I'll call him on Monday.


Todd.....that price has always been there. The rolls are actually 54 sq ft...but who's counting?
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Bri,
I've run into the same problem and got around it by pre-cutting the mat the night before and laying it out overnight with tile on the edges. It usually relaxes enough that it's just a throbbing PITA instead of a sharp burning one. I hate working with the stuff, but sometimes it's what's called for.
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No I haven't CX...I was hoping that someone around here had some sort of knowledge about the stuff....since I see it advertised on the top of this page.


Naw, Bri, the ad belongs to Custom, we don't decide what product they pewt in their picher. Maybe we should axe'em to change it to VersaBond?
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I hate working with the stuff, but sometimes it's what's called for.
Called for by specification, Shaughnn, or called for because of special property?
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